Tutorial 6

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to adjust / calibrate your panoramic tripod head to find the no-parallax point (also incorrectly referred to as “nodal point”) for your lens. This is very important to minimise the stitching errors in your panoramas.

The process can take a little while, but you’ll hopefully take away some tips on how to speed it up and reduce the amount of “trial and error” involved.

Now, all this no-parallax-point-business can be quite confusing and I’m not terribly good at explaining it. If you’re the technical type, I would really recommend you read this very detailed article by Michel Thoby.

7 Comments on “Tutorial 6

  1. What a great tutorial. I have one question though. Say in order to create a 360×180 panorama I need to shoot a bunch of images at -30° pitch and another bunch at +30° pitch. Do I have to recalibrate my tripod head for each angle, or is it sufficient if I just find the no-parallax at 0°and then tilt my camera around? Thank you.

    • Provided your tripod mount is in line with the optical axis of your camera, you only need to adjust the two things I show in the video (the easy first step using live-view, and the second one using the trial-and-error back and forth…).

  2. This is a great tutorial, but is there a certain distance we should place the stick, or we can just align a near object with a distant object and that would work fine?
    Thank you

    • No, but the closer the better 😉 But not too close either, or you won’t get it sharp enough relative to the distant object…

  3. hi florian, thanks for the great tutorials!! I have a question — once you find the no parallax point and write where everything is situated on the tripod head, i can repeat this formula for different set ups and locations, correct? meaning… if i use the same lens, camera, and tripod, i don’t need to find the no parallax point each time i set up a new shot?

    • Correct, the settings are specific to the lens/camera/triopdhead combination, but not the shooting location 😉

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