Here is my workflow:
- Nikon D60 + Sigma 10-20 lens (set @ 10)
- 3 raws of 8 images shot handheld (use of my tripod to locate the nodal point in space and handheld rotation around the nodal point - thus, error is limited to a few centimeters)
- Raw files transformed into tif with nikon capture nx2
- Autopano Giga with multiple viewpoints - rendering "none" - ghost removal - RMS achieved typically 1.7 - result perfect, except...
EXCEPT what : the feeling (hard to quantify) that the contrast and saturation are too strong. If I compare the panorama with the original images, the difference is visible. Is there a way to avoid that ? Would that be possible to output the pano in an hdr format (without ticking any HDR box), then tonemap the file with Photomatix ? And would that improve this ?
- When I transform the raw files into tif files, I play with exposure, low lights and high lights, in order to reduce as much as possible under and over exposed areas - When I input the files in Autopano, I obviously correct the exposure accordingly to reflect this.
- In Nikon capture, I also apply a small filter to improve image sharpness ("masque flou" in French), to take into account the fact that I will render the panorama with reduced resolution (50 Mpixels instead of a possible 120 MPixels), ie Autopano will undersample the initial images
- But I do not play with contrast and saturation or with any other image improvement functionality of Nikon Capture
Nikon D5100 (formerly Nikon D60) - Sigma 10-20 - 24 shots Panoramas in 3 raws
Windows 32 bits - APG