I'm retired now and have some "inconveniences" with my health, so fast and flashy photographing is a little bit difficult, but I discovered shooting 360x180° panoramas and videos is my cup of tea and is something I can handle with lightweight and small photo gear when I go panorama "hunting" with my mobility scooter in my region called "Het Gooi". It's centrally located between Amsterdam and Utrecht and avaried, green part of the Netherlands . You find heath, forests, lakes, rivers, polders, old towns and villages, modern architecture and it's known as the home for the rich and famous (unfortunately not me) Hope you appriciate my panos of this region.
My Pano gear: # Samyang 8mm F3.5 Fisheye NX-mount # Samsung NX100 APS-C sensor 14.6 MP (mirrorless) aka EVIL Sam # Triopo Magn-Alu Tripod model MX-1327 # FLM LB60 levelling base # Sunwayfoto DDP-64S click-stop rotator # Pano-MAXX spherical panorama head # Remote Control cable & Pixel RW-221 E3 wireless remote control (very recommendable!) # Kettlebell 4kg as small counterweight when tripod legs are tucked in. # Godox Thinklite Speedlite TT560 # JJC JF-T1 Wireless Flash Trigger Set # Jinbei E-20 Diffuser Softbox Octabox
Software: # Samsung RAW Converter - convert RAW images to Tiffs upto ±3EV # PhotoMatix Essentials - for Exposure Fusion and contrast control # PTGui (standard edition) - for stitching panoramas # pano2vr - for easy editing in flat cube faces and reconvert back to equirectangular projection # PaintShop Pro X4 - for general editing
A typical panorama shoot for the Samyang (180° FOV) consists of 6 horizon level images in portrait mode, camera a little pointed to the ground (-10°~-12°) to make a small nadir footprint on top of the panorama head rotator and 1 or 2 Zenith images tilted up to +68° above the anchor image and the second one in opposite direction to generate a lot of control points for stitching. In case of situations with moving objects (pedestrians, cyclists, cars, some times clouds, etc) I use only 4 images on horizon level and 1 zenith. My distance setting for the Samyang Fisheye is 3m and aperture mostly set to F8/F9.8 and this results in a DOF (depth of field) of 30cm~infinity with (almost) max. sharpness.