*Panorama is in Beta!
Things to know before you start
Like any panorama stitching software, there are a few things that can be helpful to know before starting to make sure you have a successful stitched image.
Phone vs DSLR/mirrorless panoramas
When a phone takes a panorama, it reads a thin line from the sensor as it rotates, (using gyro data to determine when to take the next line). This has some advantages since it can almost always get a successful stitch, the downside is that it isn’t able to take photos in multiple rows.
Arsenal 2 can’t read single vertical lines on the sensor. Instead, it does a traditional panorama stitch. You take full photos and Arsenal 2 finds matching points in the photos to align them and produce the final panorama. This allows for multiple-row panoramas but has the downside that it requires some detail be in each photo. (So it typically can’t align areas with no detail, like blue skies or walls without texture.)
In the case of blue skies, keeping a little bit of the ground in each photo can help it align.
When objects are close to the lens, they can appear in different positions in each photo (relative to the background). This can cause challenges for stitching. To prevent this, you may need to have your camera rotate around its nodal point. If you have an object less than 5ft or 1.5m away from the lens it is a good idea to find your nodal point. Here’s a good video that explains how to find your nodal point. This is only really required if you have things close to the lens.
In some circumstances, you may want a longer tripod plate so you can slide your camera back and forth. Below are some links to ones we have tried and that work well.
Focus/Depth of Field
If you have both close and far objects you want in focus, be sure to choose a higher aperture number so you have adequate depth of field. Arsenal 2 needs things to be in focus to match points between photos. If you have both close and far objects, it can be helpful to choose a focus point halfway between the close point and the far point.
Arsenal 2’s Panorama feature is designed to blend photos at a different exposure. We recommend shooting panoramas in aperture or shutter priority. Often when doing wide panoramas, one direction will be significantly brighter than the other. Shooting in an auto-exposure mode can help prevent blown-out areas in your stitched image.
The amount of overlap you need depends on the number of detailed elements in each shot. We recommend at least 40% overlap to ensure a solid stitch. When doing a panorama with Arsenal 2, you’ll see “No overlap” when the current live view can not be stitched over the current pano. If you see this, this usually means you’ve gone too far and need to go back at least 10%. (Enough so the needed overlap can figure out how neighboring images relate.)
Let’s get started with your first Panorama!
Before shooting a Panorama, always make sure that
Camera is powered on
Arsenal 2 is powered on
Camera is connected via USB cable to Arsenal 2
For best results set your camera to Aperture or Shutter Priority
Connect to the app
Check that Night Assist is disabled
If you are using the phone mount, open the settings menu of the app and adjust the Arsenal 2 Placement to “Mounted on Phone Mount”. If you plan to mount it on the camera, select “Mounted on Camera”.
When using the Phone and Arsenal 2 Mount, insert the Arsenal 2 with the blue LED bar facing upwards. See here to learn how to install the mount.
Navigate to the Panorama Mode in the app. Currently, this is found to the left of the Smart Mode at the bottom of the screen.
1. Enable Live View
Tap the Live View icon in the upper right corner of the app. Your camera’s live view will appear in the app.
2. Compose Your Shot
Move your camera and tripod to compose your shot.
3. Tap to Focus
To select a focus point, simply tap on the Live View image. A target square will appear to show the point you selected, and turn green once focused. Make sure your lens is set to auto-focus.
4. Click Start
Press the start button to take the first image of your Panorama.
5. Adjust your camera for the next shot in the Panorama
We recommend at least 40% overlap to ensure a solid stitch. If you see a “No Overlap” message adjust the frame back 10%. Click the “+” to add continue to add frames to your panorama. Continue shooting until you have the full scene you want to capture pictured in the Live View.
6. Click on Done
You will then be able to change the Image Projections to one of the following options (Spherical, Cylindrical, Mercator, Transverse Mercator, Compressed Rectilinear Warp 1, Compressed Rectilinear Warp 2, Panini 1, and Panini 2)
Other editing options
Level the horizon by clicking “Level”
You can crop the image however you like by dragging the corners or use the Autocrop
You also have the option to rotate left and right
Delete the image and start over (Trash can)
And go back to the image to continue (Back arrow)
7. Click Save
Once you’re happy with the final image, click Save to save the completed image to your image gallery.
8. View and Share your Panorama
Once you’ve completed your Panorama, tap the thumbnail in the lower right corner to view the final image. To share or save the photo, tap the share icon and choose where you’d like to share or save the final photo.
To save your final panorama to your phone automatically, navigate to the Settings screen and click “MANAGE” under the PHOTO STORAGE section and select if you’d like to have Arsenal 2 automatically save all final panorama photos to your phone, Arsenal 2’s internal micro SD card slot or both. You can also have Arsenal 2 save the individual images used to create the panorama to your phone, Arsenal 2’s internal micro SD card slot, or both.
Please note: we recommend checking your saving options prior to shooting to ensure your panorama photos are saved to the onboard Micro SD card slot and/or your phone, as the panorama photos that Arsenal 2 creates are only saved to the device in temp storage until you adjust your preferences in the settings menu.