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I'm pretty new to photography let alone Photosynth. I've managed to get the standard 200+ megapixel pano pretty much down, now how can I work my way up to the gigapixel?
Jeremy, I see you're already using a tripod, so kudos for figuring that out. As far as getting more resolution, I think it's going to come down to either zooming in as far as your optical zoom goes. (Don't use digital zoom, as that's really just cropping the image and then stretching the few pixels to be as large as a normal image). That will give you more pixels per real life inch or centimetre.
If you're already using the full capacity of your optical zoom, then I would either invest in a more powerful zoom lens or a camera with a physically larger sensor than your current camera. Again, the object of either of these is the same as the first solution: increase the number of pixels that covers any given part of what the camera sees.
If you really want to get into panorama photography, you'll probably want a robotic tripod head (such as those which GigaPan manufacture) which takes perfectly straight rows and columns of photos.
I'm not a pano photographer of any experience, myself, but the great ones that I've seen seem to also use fisheye lenses. (As a side note, I don't believe that ICE currently supports using such lenses, so you'd end up needing to stitch with something else and then publish to Photosynth via the Photoshop panorama publishing plugin).