Capture One 23 : How to Stitch the Perfect Panorama
Lets start out with a few best practices!
to capture the perfect images for stitching your panorama, consider the following
• Shoot at 35mm or longer.
• Use a tripod if possible.
• Lock the focus and exposure between the shots. Manual is always better than Auto.
• Shoot with 20-40% overlap
Selecting the right images
The first step after shooting is to pick the images you want to stitch into a Panorama.
I like to triple check that I have set the white balance and the exposure identical on all images. A tip for you that I have incorporated is to tag these images I want to stitch with a color tag so I can keep them grouped together and easily find them.
Running the script
With your preferred images selected, go to the “Image” dropdown menu in your top lefthand toolbar, and click “Stitch to Panorama.”
Selecting the best stitch method
Capture One will now present you with four methods of stitching; Spherical, Cylindrical, Perspective, and Panini. Depending on the number of images, scenes, and field of view your images cover, you can choose a projection of your input images that best suits the purpose. Capture One 23 will then generate a preview of what the final stitched Panorama will look like.
Spherical projection is useful for multi-row stitching with a large field of view both horizontally and vertically
Cylindrical projection is useful for a single row of images that cover a field of view of more than ~100 degrees. Vertical lines remain vertical using this projection
Perspective projection aims at simulating the field of view of your input images with the corresponding field of view of the wide-angle lens. This projection is useful for scenarios that cover less than ~100 degrees field of view and images captured with technical cameras using tilt/shift lenses
Spherical projection works for almost all my landscape Panoramas. You press stitch and Capture One 23 will stitch all three images together and write a Panorama dng file which will allow you to edit in Capture One 23 as a RAW file. I really like this workflow because I do so much to my images in Capture One 23 that I can use the tools and adjustments I have become accustom to over the last 20 years of using Capture One.
The final result
The stitched Panorama image will be located right below your original files that you selected. If you cannot find right away, a tip I always use is to type dng under the magnifying glass and it will only display the dng files. Now I have the stitched Panorama file in Capture One 23, I can continued to Crop the image, apply Gradient Adjustment Masks, edit with the Color Editor, and then output any file size I want to use. Look my for my next Tip as I take a deep dive into the Merge to HDR feature in Capture One 23.
By Chris Snipes
Thanks for the read! If you have any questions, or interest in a photographic system upgrade, feel free to reach out.Chris Snipes