Topic: Best practice to make a complete spere panorama

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Datedick (Over 1 year ago)
Look at this panorama I did yesterday.
I was turning myself and waited until the next photo would be taken automatically. This worked quite will. But to finish the complete sphere - what is the best practice? Do two other "rings" of photos (above and below). or should I do three photos from sky to bottom first and THEN move to the right?

Any suggestions appreciated.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Someone didn't read the terms of use, apparently. Please keep that sort of thing unlisted.

As to advice for shooting spherical panoramas, the most important thing is to keep the lens at the same point in space, rather than having it orbit around you. The closer your subjects are, the more important this becomes. Professional panorama photographers will buy special tripod mounts, such as those that GigaPan manufactures, which pivot the camera around the lens so that everything lines up. From that standpoint shooting order does not matter.

Ideally a panorama's subject would stay still while being shot, but this is rarely the case. The thing to remember is that you want the least movement possible, so if you have a human subject who moves horizontally it is better to shoot in columns, to capture them as near as possible at one location. If your panorama covered an exterior elevator which was in vertical motion, then shooting in rows is more appropriate.
Datedick (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for the advice, Nathanael. Makes sense.
What does not make sense is your remark "Someone didn't read the terms of use, apparently. Please keep that sort of thing unlisted."

What are you referring to? The words "nude", "gay"? That fact that you CANNOT see any nude parts of humans, even if you zoom in? Is all that already too obscene or controversial? I just reread the TOS but could not find the part that would help me answer these question.

I am happy to do stuff that is not against the TOS but please help me to understand. Thanks. DD
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Yes, I was referring to the nudity aspect. 

I didn't bother zooming in. I would not expect a populated nude beach to not have any nudity in it, though. If this expectation is incorrect, then I am sure you can understand why I might mistakenly assume that.

You, yourself, deem the subject as controversial, meaning that you are aware that there are others who choose to not expose themselves to such things. Being that it is controversial, perhaps it would have been wise for you to have chosen a more neutral example to link to on a public advice forum.
Datedick (Over 1 year ago)
I have removed the word "nude" and "gay" from ALL my titles (even though no nudity is really visible) - if this is potentially against the Microsoft TOS. DD
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I should make clear that I'm just a long time Photosynth member - not anyone from their team. I did not mean to offend you, but I know that Photosynth intends to remain family friendly and I would like to see that as well.

If there is any question in your mind as to where this subject falls, you can reach out to them at I will be glad to let them make any judgement call.