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Topic: Landscape with moving people

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BeMildred (Over 1 year ago)
How do you do a landscape that has people moving in it? Different photos of the same landscape have the people in different positions.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hello, BeMildred.

Normally, if one is standing in one place and just panning your camera across the horizon, a panorama (the photos fused into one large piece of photography with Microsoft ICE or Adobe Photoshop) is a better choice than a synth (the photos positioned relative to each other by the Photosynth app).

Moving people won't stop either Photosynth or ICE from completing their matching of the parts of the scene that stay still, however ICE may accidentally stitch only part of a person where they change positions between photos, or possibly show them multiple times in the same panorama. If you would like more control and you want a panorama, rather than a photosynth, look into Adobe Photoshop with the panorama publishing plugin for Photosynth.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
For ease of use for you, though, if you simply drag all the photos into the Photosynth app to make a synth, the photos will stay separate (no half stitched people) and will only match each other based on the parts of the scene which stay still, so the moving people won't affect anything. The important thing is only to make sure that the shots of the landscape truly do overlap each other.

Photosynth will only be able to figure out the parts of the photos which overlap each other and are not extremely different angles or distances.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
If I didn't answer your question satisfactorily, please feel free to help me better understand what you'd like to do.

Have you tried using Photosynth to create a synth ( http://photosynth.net/create.aspx ) or ICE to create a pano ( http://bit.ly/microsoftice ) yet? 

It might help you to just go ahead and try the two approaches out first and then if you have trouble or don't like the results, then you can show us exactly what you don't like or do like and get a little more specific about what you'd like to do differently.
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