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Using panorama software to create wideangle and high-resolution photographs.

  • May 31, 2013 · 5:30 PM

Last week while talking to a fellow member we discussed the need for
ever-wider lenses. One of the areas where I have worked, both as a
photographer and a computer scientist, is the creation of
panoramas. Panoramas are the limit for the wide-angle photographer,
because in one photo it is possible views that are wider than what any
lens can shoot.

There is, however, another area in which panorama making helps
photographers, and that is the creation of ultraresolution photos. The
idea is the same: you take photos with a longer lens than the one
required for the desired field of view, and, by combining the shots
together (into what is called a mosaic) you achieve a higher pixel
density than you would otherwise.

I am going to teach a 3hrs workshop for those interested in these
techniques. To continue the spirit of this Meetup it is going to be
free. Because it it is really hands on, I will restrict the number of
participants to 6-8. Here are the details:

- This is not a workshop for beginners in photography. I would define
it as medium expertise: you need to know how to control the camera
in manual settings.
- You need to have a camera that can be set to manual in both exposure
(think M-mode) and white-balance.
- You mus have at least one fixed lens or a fish-eye lens (no zooms).
- You must have a tripod
- You must have a laptop you can bring to the meetup and where you can
install software (hugin, which is free software).

The meetup is  scheduled on May 31 at 5:30, and it is
likely going to be at the University. We will spend 30 minutes in the
classroom, then go out to take some photos and then back to a
classroom to create the mosaics.

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  • Trina H.

    Daniele is a ROCK star!!

    June 3, 2013

  • dmg

    So Alan, you arrived late, and you give it a ranking of 4. At least give me feed back on why 4. Otherwise your comment is just useless to me.

    June 1, 2013

    • Alan

      Sorry, I gave it a 4 because I missed the first half. What I did attend was great. I was lucky to meet the group when I did...

      June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Daniel for taking the time to demonstrate the Hugin software and get us out practicing. I will definitely try experimenting with it:)

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great way to learn to stitch panoramas, something I've been trying to figure out for years- thanks again Daniel!

    June 1, 2013

  • Jianping R.

    Loved it

    June 1, 2013

  • Jianping R.

    Thank you very much, Daniel, for the lecture and I look forward to more of the lectures of various topics!

    June 1, 2013

  • Victoria

    Thanks Daniel, for a very informative evening! I will be exploring this software further. I have uploaded my picture (converted it to jpg so it is a smaller file). This one was made up of 5 separate photos stitched together!

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent workshop! Daniel covered the basics to get you started on making a simple panorama with the Hugin software, while peaking curiosity for creating more involved panoramic images. Lots of great material presented clearly. This could easily be turned into a full-day course, or two half-days.

    June 1, 2013

  • Alan

    Very good, unfortunately I missed the first half of the workshop.

    June 1, 2013

  • John S. R.

    Great Hands on Workshop! Thank you Daniel!

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interested in returning to the joy of photography after so many years away!

    May 31, 2013

  • Nathan S.

    What's necessary is too intensive for me at this time. Thanks.

    May 30, 2013

  • Tim

    Oops, just read some more details and I don't think I can attend.

    May 30, 2013

  • dmg

    I have emailed the details and location of tomorrow meetup to those who have confirmed with me. if you didn't receive it, email me.

    --dmg

    May 30, 2013

  • dmg

    Robin, Suzanne, Tim, can you please send me email to [masked]

    I'll send shortly the details of where we will be meeting (at UVic) at 5:30 Friday.

    --dmg

    May 30, 2013

  • Tim

    Is there a location?

    May 30, 2013

  • Roy B.

    I will be out as I do not have the 3 hours needed , next time you do it I am very interested though.

    May 30, 2013

  • dmg

    I have updated the registration list to reflect those that have confirmed. If I moved you from YES to NO and you still want to attend, email me.

    Those of you who just got in due to the new space created, please send me an email (dmg at uvic dot ca) so I can send you the information about the workshop.

    thanks again,

    --dmg

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My son has a musical...

    May 30, 2013

  • James X.

    Sorry Daniel. I have just discovered that I have another commitment... Really really wanted to go to the workshop but I just have to cancel...

    May 29, 2013

  • dmg

    I have emailed all of you with the details of the event. If you didn't receive it, email me. See you on Friday.

    --dmg

    May 26, 2013

  • Giuseppe B.

    dmg,my laptop is broken. Can I still come for the camera shooting or must have the laptop? I have a tabletop at home.Thanks

    May 24, 2013

    • dmg

      Well, if you don't have a computer then you will really not take advantage of the workshop.

      May 25, 2013

  • Bev A.

    Can't come on this date but would be interested if another workshop is offered. I use hugin and it works well but I think that is pure luck -- I follow the instructions but don't really understand them. I'd like to learn more.

    May 21, 2013

  • Alan

    If there is no room, I will drop out. Maybe you can hold a second workshop...

    May 14, 2013

    • Ken M

      I would love to attend a 2nd workshop if available in June Daniel. Out of town for this one.

      May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Most of my portfolio is single row panoramas, I have constructed my own panoramic head, and use it for panoramas and vertoramas. I always enjoy learning new tricks and practicing, but if someone new to this wants my space, let me know and I will drop out.

    May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oops, there might already be too many people. No worries. Maybe as a follow up to this meet-up, we could have another meet-up for a photo-walk to take some panoramas, and compare results later?

      May 14, 2013

  • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

    Changed my RSVP to no after reading this is going to be a space-limited workshop as I've been making panoramas for a number of years now. That's not to say Daniel would have nothing to teach me, but I'd rather leave room for someone who is interested in expanding into this field.

    May 13, 2013

    • Dion M

      Thanks for the point, Mike I just did the same thing. I had quickly read the description, didn't see the limit of 6-8.

      May 13, 2013

  • Alan

    I have tried to play with Hugin, but I would love to learn more

    May 13, 2013

  • Dion M

    Sounds great! Not sure if I will be in town on a Friday evening, but if I have to cancel I'll let people know.

    May 13, 2013

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