Perspective Control (PC) Lenses For Panoramas; Not Just For Architecture Anymore Page 2
One caveat, though--it is important for the camera to be tripod mounted
and carefully leveled for this technique to be effective. I have seen successful
handheld panoramas, but that's inserting another variable into an already
complicated process. With just a little care the resulting images composite
easily and alignment is a breeze. Also, by shooting three images the overlap
is sure to be adequate. At first I tried it with only two images, full left
and full right shift, and although it did work the stitching process was much
easier with three exposures.
The spring of 2005 was the best wildflower season in a decade or more in my part of the world and I had a ball using this technique. I even tried some macro panoramas by placing a 12mm extension tube behind the Canon TS-E 24mm to facilitate close focusing. This technique works with any lens that gives you the ability to shift. It can also be applied to vertical subjects by using the front rise feature on a view camera or rotating the PC lens to give a rise effect.
www.arcsoft.com--Panorama Maker 3.0 photo stitching software
www.usa.canon.com--Canon EOS cameras, lenses, andaccessories
www.nikonusa.com--Nikon cameras, lenses, and accessories
www.bogenimaging.us--Bogen (Manfrotto) and Gitzo tripods and accessories
www.bhphotovideo.com--Hama double spirit level and Kenkoextension tubes
www.zoerk.com--Zörkendorfer lens adapters and tilt/shift devices
www.reallyrightstuff.com--Quick mounting plates, focusing rails, and much more
www.calumetphoto.com--Lighting equipment, reflectors, camera systems, and more
www.photoflex.com--Light modifiers, softboxes, umbrellas, reflectors, etc.
www.apogeephoto.com/laird_photo.htm--Tri-Pads, camera rain capes, ground cloths, etc.
www.fjwestcott.com--Lighting equipment and light modifiers
www.hpmarketingcorp.com--Wista cameras and view camera adapter
www.horsemanusa.com--Horseman cameras and view camera adapter