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Using A Standard Digital Camera Without Any Special Features

This is the original method of capturing a panoramic scene, which we still support. Some of our existing estate agents are happy to continue using this older method. The primary reason for choosing this method is if you are used to capturing your panoramic scenes in this way, or you wish to use your own standard digital camera, and are happy to take the additional time needed to capture the scene.
This method requires that you use a tripod, as camera movement is critical when determining the success of the capture and resulting stitch. You will also need to upload more photographs to us, which we then stitch together to create your completed panoramic scene.

When taking your photographs by this method, consider the following points:

  • we recommend that you take your photographs in portrait mode (i.e. by rotating your camera 90 degrees). This can give the effect, especially with internal photographs, of a wide angle lens, giving the resulting panorama more captured height,
  • take your photographs in sequential order from left to right,
  • ensure each photograph overlaps with the previous one by approximately 25-30%,
  • if you are taking photographs of a room, we recommend that you stand or position the camera in one corner of the room and rotate through a 90 degree turn to capture the whole room,
  • try not to have objects too close to the camera, such as chairs and tables etc. This can create or increase parallex errors in the end result. Parallax is a visual effect where objects that are in the foreground appear to move more relative to objects in the background, as you move or rotate the camera,
  • if your camera has a fixed exposure option, use it so that all the pictures taken in a sequence for a scene are at the same exposure level. Cameras which have auto-exposures will take pictures at varying exposure levels making it more difficult to create the finished scene.

Your photographs are organised into an order based on the filename of the photographs. Your digital camera should create filenames for your photographs automatically either using a numerical sequence or date/time stamp filename. This should ensure that your photographs are interpreted in the left to right sequence that they were taken in. If this is not the case, or as a matter of course you rename your photographs to a more meaningful filename when you extract them from your camera, please follow the following guidelines in order to retain an alphanumerical order sequence:

  • Be consistent when creating the filename. e.g. avoid typing errors in the filename or accidental spaces etc.
  • Your first photograph in a left to right scene sequence should be prefixed or suffixed with a '1' or '01'. All other additional photographs that make up the scene should continue this number sequence.
  • If the number of photographs needed to create a scene exceeds 9, then prefix your photographs '01','02'... rather than '1','2'... etc.
  • Your filenames are case-sensitive, so ensure that you are consistent with the use of capital letters.

After uploading your photographs to our service, you may find that you wish to crop some detail our from the left or right side, or there may be too much overlap between photographs when trying to stitch the photos together. To perform a crop:

  • Find the scene you wish to crop photos on.
  • Click on the 'Manage Photos' button.
  • Click on the scissors icon below the photo that you wish to perform a crop on.
  • With the photo now in full view, drag the small squares on the left or right of the photo and move the crop line inwards until you are happy that you have cropped enough of the photo out.
  • Click on the 'Crop' button to actually perform the highlighted crop.
  • Click on the 'Finish' button to return to the 'Manage Photos' page.
  • Remember to re-submit your scene or slideshow for processing to reflect any changes you have made.

Finally, when you submit your scene for processing on our servers, bear in mind that our service has to process your photographs and stitch each scene together. This is a time consuming task and can take several minutes. Scenes are queued and processed in the order in which they are submitted to us, so remember to give the system some time when testing your completed scene.

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