IATH Best Practices Guide to Digital Panoramic Photography: QTVR and Related Technologies


Appendix 2. Image capture workflow

  1. Evaluate the environment (lighting, cloud cover)
  2. Set up the shot:
    • Place color bar, meter stick, and north arrow
    • Check placement, level, film, white balance, ISO, f-stop, exposure, date and time stamp (check that it is consistent with current time zone)
    • Clean lens and sensor
    • Check bracketing, and sun shade, tripod head (parallax, check stops, tighten screws), shutter speed
    • Check image type, file type, and quality
    • Check lens consistency and zoom level
    • Check focus, set focus on manual
    • Verify auto settings (if using: if not, be sure they are turned off)
    • Mark shot location on plan
    • Place bystanders for scale (if using)
    • Attach shutter release
  3. Sound set-up, if collecting audio: levels, wind noise
  4. GPS points (external only, at least two devices, mark location on plan: can coordinate with camera's time-stamp)
  5. Shoot
    • Always shoot in the same rotational direction and sequence
    • Don’t bump the tripod (start again if you do)
    • Note light reading and be consistent
    • Use consistent shutter speed and exposure time
  6. Mark shots beginning a new node with piece of paper, hand or fingers in shot (like a clapstick)
  7. Check the results immediately, repeat shot if possible/necessary
  8. If bracketing exposures, be sure to do so before rotating to next shot
  9. Back-up the data as soon as possible

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