Items Required: Manfrotto Tripod, Manfrotto 303SPH Pano Head, Fujifilm Shutter Release Cable, Fujifilm GFX50S Camera with 32-64mm F4 Lens.
Set up with any camera with the Manfrotto 303SPH head is no easy feat but hopefully this write up can help steer you in the right direction to achieve optimal nodal point between the sensor and lens.
The panoramic head has three axis of directions to move the camera into position to find the nodal point.
To find this position will determine whether or not you will get a parallax error in the stitching of the multiple photographs you take to achieve a perfect panoramic .
The first thing to do attach camera quick release place and make sure it is square and tight to the bottom of the camera. Any little bit of movement can throw the setup out. And be mindful not to over tighten as you can thread the camera holding screw which will really mess up your day.
Once attached to tripod and pano head rotate the camera so that the lens faces downwards towards the ground. On the lens you will see white marking lines these will help align the lens up with the centre of the tripod.
Another trick is to rotate the entire pano head and look at the setup and see the the lens barrel rotates perfectly without any wobble.
Now that you have the basic horizontal alignment you must now find the nodal point. This can be found by looking through the viewfinder at two posts in front of you and as you rotate the lens see if the two posts especially the first post does not move out of position. (To understand this hold your hand up and point your finger to the sky in front of your face. Now open and close left eye then right eye a couple of times. Notice the position of your finger moves. This is basically what we are trying to do with the camera and eliminate that movement) When you move the angle the camera during rotation keep adjusting and looking at the posts until they stay in position. I find that a push pull trick with the upper plate helps and then tighten off the screw. This can take a few attempts so don’t get too flustered.
With these basic steps complete the next step is upload the jpeg images and import into Photoshop (File, Automate, Photomerge) Auto and Press OK.
At this stage this will determine a clean stitch with all the photographs taken showing either an error or successful merger.
(Other software is photographing Spherical Panoramics I recommend PTGui)
Future video on YouTube in the works for further help.
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