Thursday, December 10, 2015

Composite Images for Photo Spheres

I have started trying to use a camera instead of a cell phone to make photo spheres to submit to google maps. The basic idea is simple, take photos in every direction, then stick them into Microsoft Composite Image Editor. That can turn them into photo spheres relatively easily.

This is turning out to be a lot harder than a cell phone though. It is easy to miss a spot or two since you do not have feedback when you took photos in every direction. Also, the exposure to get the sky is not the same exposure to get the ground. So if you don't take a lot of care you end up with patches where one or the other look bad. For example, this photo sphere managed to do great on the pictures perpendicular to the sun. However into the sun, there is a big ugly patch where the exposure is wrong.

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