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I've been wanting to do a multiple shot panoramic of my town. From what little reading I did, it looks like Hugin is a good program for stitching images. I have Lr 3 but the latest editing software I have is Macromedia Fireworks 8 which doesn't have much for photography.

What would be the best procedure for taking the picture? I have a good high altitude spot picked out and can get a tripod setup there. I would probably use my D5000 w/ 70-200mm VRI. Should I just set aperture to f/8, find the correct shutter speed then shoot everything in manual starting in one corner and doing rows?

I've done landscape photography before but never stitched anything together so the help is appreciated.

Thanks!
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Manual EVERYTHING. Especially white balance. It doesn't really matter how much you are in line, I've never done a panorama on a tripod, only handheld.
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Manual EVERYTHING. Especially white balance. It doesn't really matter how much you are in line, I've never done a panorama on a tripod, only handheld.
Forgot about white balance, I'll make sure that's on manual.

The footing where I'll be standing isn't great so I'll use a tripod. It's a pile of slag...
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Honestly, you don't need a tripod (unless its a longer exposure, but thats a given). Just shoot handheld, throw all your pictures at the panorama software and it'll sort things out.
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Honestly, you don't need a tripod (unless its a longer exposure, but thats a given). Just shoot handheld, throw all your pictures at the panorama software and it'll sort things out.
How much overlap should I have with each photo?
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I try to shoot for about a 20-30% overlap between shots. Sure you'll take more shots, but I find it gives pretty reliable results.
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I try to shoot for about a 20-30% overlap between shots. Sure you'll take more shots, but I find it gives pretty reliable results.
yea about 1/3 (30%) is recommended for more software. shoot raw so it gives you the most flexibility and AEL lock it so you get the same exposure.

personally i used PS CS5 and the automated script. but ive also done it myself, it just takes a bit more time cloning and manipulating the shot to get them to fit.
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Thanks for the advice guys. The weather looks good this weekend so I may try to do the shot(s) then.

Now I need to find a good way to display it on my website. Anyone know of any interactive web software for displaying a panorama or other large photo?
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