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    HDR panorama software

    I am looking for the best software solution to create panoramas of HDR frames. Right now my work flow is to separately HDR each frame using 16-bit TIFs as the source, generate 16-bit frames, then stitch these into a resultant 16-bit panorama. I would be nice if I could load all my source TIFs into, say a 5x3 array of images (3 exposures for each of 5 HDR'd frames) and let the software do the rest.

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    eNo - You might want to check out www.hdrlabs.com, the website for the book by Christian Bloch's "The HDRI Handbook". This is an excellent tome for HDR enthusiasts and it has a large section devoted to pano HDR - using the mirror ball technique.

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    It may not be exactly what you are after, but an alternative if your computer is good enough is to stitch the pictures into 3/5/whatever bracketed images, and then HDR-ify the resulting few stitched images.

    The guys at autopano are working hard at getting HDR stuff integrated into their software, im not sure how far they have gotten as ive yet to venture into the world of HDR. However there are plenty of guys in their forums (http://www.autopano.net/forum/) who are experianced in stitching HDR panos, so im sure they can help you if you dont find what you are after here.

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    Last year I did some panos . But they were hand held . They stitched together OK , But in Hdr , the computer was still running 30 minutes later - either hung or it was taking just too long .
    Going back this year [ the 5th of August ] to try again . This time the tripod is going to be used .
    No , I don't know what I am doing but I think I am learning .

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    Thanks, guys. I ended up using PTGui Pro, which integrates panoramic and HDR functionality, and you can see my results under one of my blog entries.

    http://esfotoclix.com/blog1/?p=176

    I am very encouraged thus far. Now I have to find more subjects that merit this technique.

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    Thanks , I book marked for later . Do you know if this will work on Mac ? Going on cacation tomorrow so NO time to search now .

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    If you go to their site, you will see they have a version for the Mac. Enjoy your vacation.

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    Thanks , computer packed in camera bag , cost is $118 dollars - 2 minutes ago - will get when I return .
    I like their sample , I was backing up and then having to crop .
    Ride will be here any minute , Thanks again .

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    I use this for hdr panorama as well, works just fine for me
    http://www.ptgui.com/hdrtutorial.html

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    I've just recently tried this and of course I did it the hard way.
    This image is 70 photos (5 exposures, 14 frames) and took about 2 hours to assemble.

    HDR panorama software

    I used photomatix Pro to create the HDRs and then Autostitch to assemble them.

    I'll keep doing it the hard way.

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    An update on this thread: I opted for PTGui Pro after several recommendations. It does a super job both for regular panoramas and HDR panoramas. Here are a couple of recent samples I was able to achieve (click on the thumbnail for the full size):

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    Very nice; sharp, noise free, natural

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    Nice , just came back from Mexico , took a few pano's but have not tried to do HDR yet .

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    I'm new to HDR and Pano and in fact photography in the sense I haven't done any for forty years. I use Autostitch because it is free and similarly Picturenaut.

    I'm having a problem with perspective and I think colour balance, this bridge appears to change colour along its length, it is about half a mile long and I've compressed it a little.

    http://public.fotki.com/Arith/starti...changedsh.html

    I forgot to say it is only span 3 ev 1 stop apart f8 and 3 frames because it has moving bits on it and my camera cannot bracket more than 3 shots.
    Last edited by arith; 20th September 2009 at 08:49 AM. Reason: addendum

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    Quote Originally Posted by OldCrow View Post
    I've just recently tried this and of course I did it the hard way.
    This image is 70 photos (5 exposures, 14 frames) and took about 2 hours to assemble.

    HDR panorama software

    I used photomatix Pro to create the HDRs and then Autostitch to assemble them.

    I'll keep doing it the hard way.
    This is very cool, how did you manage to avoid security guards. But I'm glad you did and hopeful that I can learn something.

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    Re: HDR panoramas

    I like the second one. Cool shadows.

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