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11-02-2014, 05:27 PM - 1 Like   #2326
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That last shot is very impressive. Well executed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
That last shot is very impressive. Well executed.
Agreed.

How does one do these type of shots? I've seen a few of them, but don't know how I would do one myself.

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Cool - thanks very much.

So I need Photoshop. Or Gimp (no thanks).

I've subscribed to Adobe Photoshop for a year now, never installed it on my mac. Maybe now is the time for me to download it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Christine Tham Quote
How does one do these type of shots? I've seen a few of them, but don't know how I would do one myself.
There are quite a lot of methods to do this. In order to do this properly you need a series of shots covering everything around you, preferably taken at the same point.
In order to have an idea of how to do this you can use #googlecamera for android, there's also google sphere software for iOS, it will guide you through the processes, it is a good start point to understand what should you do and IMO it is good enough in many cases, like this:



Obviously, the easiest way is to use fisheye with its insane FOV.
Software: you can use proposed tutorials how to do them in photoshop, but I prefer PTgui for this task.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Emacs Quote
There are quite a lot of methods to do this. In order to do this properly you need a series of shots covering everything around you, preferably taken at the same point.
In order to have an idea of how to do this you can use #googlecamera for android, there's also google sphere software for iOS, it will guide you through the processes, it is a good start point to understand what should you do and IMO it is good enough in many cases, like this:



Obviously, the easiest way is to use fisheye with its insane FOV.
Software: you can use proposed tutorials how to do them in photoshop, but I prefer PTgui for this task.
Oh cool - thanks a lot Emacs I always learn so much from you!

I will try the google sphere software - I'm glad to know there is an app for this!

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good enough in many cases, like this
The precise, centred alignment of the tiles in the square is a very nice touch.
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Oh cool - thanks a lot Emacs I always learn so much from you!
you are welcome
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The precise, centred alignment of the tiles in the square is a very nice touch.
that is barely my contribution, rather the essence of the kind of projection used for stitching and workers who aligned these tiles
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Emacs, It is great to see you posting again. Your photos are always interesting.
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Emacs, It is great to see you posting again. Your photos are always interesting.
Thank you for kind words.
I was looking for sky shots in my collection (what has left after HDD failure happened in april – not a big deal if you ask me, just saying to stress that was not particularly complicated or long process): sky shots typically has (if not taken in counter sun light) quite a narrow (relatively) brightness variation and once properly processed can reveal unusual pics. Example (top is original, the postprocessed variant at the bottom – this was taken with a phone).


The «secret» is trivial: enhance contrast to death (thus "spread" the densely distributed signal among the whole histogram and even beyond that), then drop the exposure to save overburned parts – we sacrifice darker part of signal though, but it very worthy in this case. Obviously, larger sensors are much more robust with less noise and better tonality, so I hoped for some nice files to earn some likes in Instagram (I love likes , @emacs_still_destroys_vi is my nick name there BTW). You see that processed file is not particularly bad and it in fact is, especially for small phone screens, but I actually looked for the shots taken in dull weather without noticeable clouds, with boring gray veil — those are especially interesting, because cameras (obviously, with sony sensors) see much better than a human eye and sometimes you can reveal just exciting images that sometimes resemble exciting galaxy wonderful shots from space telescopes. Processing procedure is slightly upgraded though: saturation should be raised as well. And this kills JPGs, which manages to stay being relatively good at first two steps.

So, I didn't found those, but saw some nice cloudy panorama material and quite good cityscape shot, those are all from summer.
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(I love likes , @emacs_still_destroys_vi is my nick name there BTW).
LOL - I wonder how many people here understand that reference.

vi forever!!! I still use it in terminal mode on OSX. :-)

PS - Will try and add you on Instagram :-) I hardly post on Instagram - I'm not pretty enough to do the daily selfie (although it has been a project I have wanted to do for a while - just take a photo of me every morning and post it)
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I never got into vi. I know it's incredibly fast for those who are good at it, but it was never a skill I cared to cultivate, and my career has been Microsoft oriented.
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