The TAMRON 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008) is quite a controversial lens. I just had to get one to find out for myself what this lens is all about. Follow my blog as I use this lens on a daily basis and discover for yourself if this lens is indeed a diamond in the rough, or if it simply just another average, try to do it all, kit level lens.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Civic Square Wellington

The wind was howling today during lunchtime when I went out with a friend to take some shots in Wellington. There is really a lot to capture and I will make this a more regular lunch time thing for sure.

So, back to this image, it is a 4 shot panorama taken handheld. Stitching was done in CS5. I am still a CS5 noob - coming from using The Gimp. I had to perform some warping to get a straight horizon.

Let me offer some tips for shooting panoramas:

  • Choose a low ISO. Since you will be doing a fair bit of post processing, it is best to start off with as little noise as possible.
  • This one is very important. Set your camera to automatic and take a light measurement on your main focus point of the panorama. Note the f-stop and shutterspeed.
  • Set your camera to manual mode and dial in the f-stop and shutter speed to make sure all your shots match in exposure level.
  • Make sure you take all images on the same zoom level.
  • You may refocus, but try and keep your focus point at the same distance.
  • Use a tripod, else make sure you use image stabilizing when handheld.
  • Shoot vertical. A number of vertical (portrait) photos will stitch best into a horizontal (landscape) panorama.
  • As you take your shots, make sure you have at least 20% overlap between shots.
  • Quick Cheat - if your camera has focus dots in the viewfinder, try to have one of these dots track the horizon as you rotate to take the images.

Canon 600D, Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. Focal length 18mm, Exposure 1/320sec at f8, ISO 100, Focus auto, VC on, Flash none, Filter none.


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