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This is the place for Gigapan.com members to offer peer-to-peer support for exchanging tips, ideas, comments, etc.

Those who need direct technical assistance with their GigaPan EPIC Series imagers, stitching software or gigapan.com membership account should contact us.

Recent Posts
Melany Melany
Posted: Sep 22, 2013

Topic: Products / New Gigapan Field Backpack

I was hesitant about ordering the Gigapan backpack – mostly because of the price.
I have a large camera backpack, and by pulling out all the separators, the gigapan would fit inside. It worked, but there had to be a better way! Getting the unit in/out of the backpack was a pain.

I ordered the field pack and just put my gigapan epic pro inside. I still have room for a large lens and my camera. I doubt I’ll be backpacking with this thing, but for storing and carrying it’s perfect. It should also be good for flying, if I decide to take the giga.

It’s HUGE, but works well. Most important to me, is that the unit fits in and is easy to maneuver in/out. There’s also room for the camera and lenses and a pocket for “stuff”

If I were to put a laptop/tablet and tripod along with all this gear, I wouldn’t be able to carry it! But it’d be perfect to just lug stuff into a venue and keep everything together.

If I go someplace where I have to actually have to HIKE to the location, I’ll probably just put the Gigapan and cable in a common backpack, and carry the camera and tripod, to be honest. But who knows! Without a lot of ‘stuff’ in the pack, I might be able to wear this one on a hike.
John Opie John Opie
Posted: Sep 21, 2013

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Product Updates?

Like your ideas. :-)

It’d be nice if you could store camera/lens sets with their proper names, such as “E30+180” or “D3200+300”, which would save the desired overlap, field of view, etc. I use several lenses and I always forget which of the saved settings is which!

It’d also be great if we could save standardized gigapans: if I have an E30 with a 180 lens attached, let me center the Gigapan Pro and then run a standarized gigapan instead of having to always point to the top right and lower left. I know I can save this, but couple this with the camera+lens combo, and we’ve saved a number of minutes in setup.

Consider this as well: integrate GPS and an electronic level with an x-y motor setup on a ball mount to autolevel the unit. Chips to do this are cheap. Put a USB port to write the GPS info to a nanoUSB stick.

Most importantly: if you do offer a significant interface/mechanism upgrade, provide us early adopters with an upgrade path that makes us your friend. :-) In other words, let us send our units in with a check for $300 and get a fully updated unit, rather than abandoning us when you take it to the next level for $1000. Just sayin’, you know? :-)

John Opie John Opie
Posted: Sep 21, 2013

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Full Frame or Cropped sensor camera with Epic Pro?

Consider this: given the serious number of photos taken when gigapanning, you need to have a very solid body to handle the sheer number of exposures made. My Olympus E30 now has over 60k exposures, largely gigapanning, but it has a shutter rated to 150k+ exposures. Not sure what Nikon rates their bodies, but I recently decided not to get a D3200 to replace the E30 because it is a consumer-level camera with a shutter designed for only around 50k exposures. Not to criticize – makes absolute sense for Nikon to do this for consumer-level cameras – but it’s something to consider.

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Sep 21, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / wishlist - replace/redirect

Great idea, an improvement for sure

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Sep 20, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / wishlist - replace/redirect

Thanks. One futher thought – if you made deleting the old one a condition for using the redirect, you might be able to reclaim some server space, which never hurts.

Johan Boom Johan Boom
Posted: Sep 20, 2013

Topic: Embedding / Embedding Sample Code -- fullscreen, snapshots, large views

make your gigapixel also automatic visable on a iPhone/ iPad:

Add between:

The code:

if (navigator.userAgent && (
navigator.userAgent.indexOf(“iPad”) > -1 ||
navigator.userAgent.indexOf(“iPhone”) > -1 ||
navigator.userAgent.indexOf(“iPod”) > -1
))
{
window.location.replace(“”http://www.gigapan.com/mobile/iOS/1.0/?id=xxxxx">http://www.gigapan.com/mobile/iOS/1.0/?id=xxxxx");
}

END CODE

Works fine on my website:

http://www.360p.nl/images/gigapixels/Kampen6.55…

xxxxx = the id of your panorama on the Gigapan website.

Johan

Jenny Walsh Jenny Walsh
Posted: Sep 19, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Sprint Release Notes

September 19

A code release for gigapan.com on Thursday, 9/19 includes the following:

NEW FEATURES
Added targeted copy to Directory that invites membership upgrades depending on current member level.
Various feature additions to back end of print processing code base.
Added Google Analytics event tracking to Print Order page Add to Cart button

BUGFIXES
Fixed Stitch/Upload version message.
Resolved NetSuite missing class issue resulting from recent NetSuite upgrade.
Adjusted cart count script to load after the rest of the page has finished.
Content correction to “Learn More about GigaPan Stitch” link.
Fixed premier upgrade to elite.
Corrected Stitch help link redirect to correct support page.
Corrected Share Galleries formatting.

Jenny Walsh Jenny Walsh
Posted: Sep 19, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / wishlist - replace/redirect

Thank you for sending us the suggestion Mosley. You are not alone in this request. We have had a few others as well that I am aware of. I am adding this to our feature tracking tool.

As soon as we have available development time, we will dig in.

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Sep 19, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / wishlist - replace/redirect

I occasionally go back and rework gigapans that I’m not satisfied with. I’d love to have a way to either replace the old version, or have the old address redirect a browser to the new version. I suspect the latter would be easier to implement.

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Sep 19, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Suggestions for Reviewer

Here’s the Gigapan I was referring to. I lucked out and got a virtually windless night. Each exposure is 11 seconds.

http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/140572

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Sep 19, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Suggestions for Reviewer

That’s great. I also use the 200 2.8. I just got a TC 2.0 and tried it out a couple of weeks ago on a nighttime pano that’s almost finished. Just the 310 raw files and the converted TIFFS are about 70Gb. The stitched 16 bit PSB is huge too, and is choking Photoshop on an I5 iMac with 32Gb of RAM. One thing that helps is to add an SSD and use it exclusively as a scratch drive for Photoshop, etc.

Remember that the sweet spot in terms of sharpness for the 70-200 is F8. If you use the TC 2.0, you will have to do your vignette correction in StitchEFX because Adobe doesn’t make lens profiles for lens + teleconverter. Also, depending upon the speed of your memory card, you may need to build a delay into the shutter sequence so that you don’t fill up the camera buffer and miss a shot. I generally set mine up with mirror lockup anyway, which has the side benefit of allowing extra time to empty the buffer.

It’s buried in the manual, but you can also add a flash sync cable to allow the EPIC to get feedback from the camera. That way, if you miss a shot due to a full buffer or something else, the imager knows it and will re-try the shot as many times as you tell it to.

I added the longer down struts and the Arca Swiss mounting plate to mine, but you should be OK with the stock setup.

Let me know if I can help.

Doug Kaye Doug Kaye
Posted: Sep 18, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Suggestions for Reviewer

Thanks, Mosley. Good tips. I’ll probably use a 70-200mm f/2.8. Maybe with a 2x teleconverter. (Probably try with and without.) I was able to speak with Mike Franz at GigaPan who also provided me with excellent advice. I’m not comparing it to anything other than a basic gimbal mount. The review is aimed at people who may have done some very basic panos are curious about doing them right and possibly very high-res.

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Sep 17, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Suggestions for Reviewer

I use the exact same setup.

What lens are you planning to use?

I think it would help if you could tell us the general focus of the review. Are you comparing the EPIC pro to any other panorama shooting methods? Or are you taking advantage of the fact that you’ve never done this type of shooting before – a “here’s how easy it is to get started” approach?

Here are a couple of pieces of advice that are common to all types of panorama shooting:

Get a sturdy tripod

level the gigapan before you start

shoot with Manual everything – focus, exposure, white balance

shoot RAW (but be prepared for some serious file and folder sizes)

meter everything (the histogram is your friend here)

shoot more than you need. (after a pano is stitched, the edges may not be even, so you may have to crop more than you expect)

Don’t use a polarizer. the angle of the lens relative to the sun will change while shooting a wide panorama. A polarizer will ruin a blue sky.

Fit the technique to the subject. (Gigapixel shooting isn’t usually the best choice for subjects with changing light or lots of movement)

as it happens, I just gave an overview presentation on panoramic photography to my photo group (cnpa.org), so I had those points handy.

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Sep 16, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Overlap, shooting outdoors

  • Cloudy days usually produce the best colour saturation, but if there is broken clouds, well, that causes a lot of problems with gigapans, creating light and dark patches like a chequerboard. Best to shoot on completely cloudy, or cloudless days. Or use the pause button on your gigapan till the sun or cloud cover is correct.
Doug Kaye Doug Kaye
Posted: Sep 15, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Suggestions for Reviewer

This week I’m starting work on a review of the Gigapan EPIC Pro for All About the Gear (http://goo.gl/6BmFtv), which is part of the This Week in Photo (TWiP) network. I’ll be shooting with a Nikon D800E. Having never used a Gigapan before, I’m looking for tips and suggestions from experienced users. What do you think should be in such a review? Any traps to avoid? It’s always a challenge to do a thorough review of something you’ve never used before, particularly when you only have it for a two weeks and probably can’t shoot for more than two or three days. All recommendations from the Gigapan community are welcome!

Melany Melany
Posted: Sep 15, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Overlap, shooting outdoors

I got my Gigapan Epic Pro in july and I’ve only had a chance to play with it a few times.

I haven’t messed with the overlap — that is still at the default setting. Why would you change it, and is there a time to have more or less overlap? (I’m usually outside shooting landscapes.)

From what I’ve read, it’s better to shoot on sunny/cloudless days, vs. cool/dramatic cloudy skies?

I also haven’t messed with the order of shooting, that is still at the default. Would it be better to do rows or columns?

I’ve done auto shooting, and placed it in manual mode so I can click the shutter myself. I did it when I was on auto focus and on aperture priority, but the gigapan software didn’t seem to like that, and I got the warning about turning off the vignette controls.

For those of you with experience on Gigapans and landscapes, do you have any advice for me?

Here’s a link to my profile, I’ve posted a few of my gigapans here — what do you think?
http://www.gigapan.com/profiles/melanys12

Joseph Saracino Joseph Saracino
Posted: Sep 15, 2013

Topic: Embedding / Embedding Sample Code -- fullscreen, snapshots, large views

Hi Everyone — another round of changes have been checked in:

1. The code has been updated to better support mobile devices (it adapts to both tablet and phone sizes) and uses the new gigapan.com controls.

2. The snapshot carousel has been migrated to bxslider, which is much lighter-weight and supports touch interaction. It’s also the same code used by gigapan.com.

3. It’s now possible to force use of the SeaDragon viewer always (desktop and mobile) or use the Flash viewer when appropriate (only desktop).

4. Lots of other general clean-up and refactoring.

Code has been updated at links earlier in this thread and on github: https://github.com/barneyzang/gigapan-embedlarge

Here’s another example:
http://saracino.com/gigapan-embedlarge/gigapan….

— Joe

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Sep 14, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Plugging in Spare Battery ???

I tried that, on the Epic 100, I even made myself a kind of auxillary battery connector http://www.madaru.net/gigapan.html
Some DIYers give extended battery power to their timelapse cameras by hollowing out an old battery, or making a plastic mould of the original battery, and running two wires through it. You could do the same with a gigapan, something like this http://www.blurmediaphotography.com/dslr-camera…

Jenny Walsh Jenny Walsh
Posted: Sep 12, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Next release on September 11

Here is our most recent sprint release update. http://www.gigapan.com/forums/13/topics/596 More to follow!

Jenny Walsh Jenny Walsh
Posted: Sep 12, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Sprint Release Notes

Hello,

A code release for GIGAPAN.COM on Thursday, September 12 includes the following changes:

NEW FEATURES
Tuned Stitcher image alignment parameters – version 2.3 released
Elite badge added to Directory listings
Added support for multiple print vendors
Print images can now be rendered as tiff as well as jpeg

BUGFIXES
Updates to error handling for Facebook Flash Player
Ensure workflow compatibility with print vendor
Moved Geolocate management tools up beside map view in Edit | Geolocate

Jenny Walsh Jenny Walsh
Posted: Sep 12, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Next release on September 11

The Gigapan development team uses a tool called Pivotal Tracker to organize our feature, bug, and chore story tracking. It is a flexible agile management tool and we use it intensively. All feature requests and bug reports that we, customer service, marketing, business development, and sales receive are entered into this tool.

The amount of information that passes through and is stored in Tracker is pretty large. For example, in an iteration, which currently runs every two weeks, an average of 38 features, 25 chores, and 47 bugs are accepted. As of today, over the past 30 days, we’ve accepted 66 stories, delivered 26, finished 13, started 124, and have 73 sitting as unstarted. This does not include the over 700 stories waiting in our Icebox.

This past sprint release was a pretty small one because of various external factors. The previous sprint release, however, was large as we released subscription membership. So there is ebb and flow to our work as well.

We will work on improving our feature and bug fix communication by posting summarized sprint release notes. Please take a look at those over the next few weeks and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for your suggestions for continued communication improvement from the development team!

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Sep 12, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Snapshot Ids Still Missing?

I’ve solved this problem by providing a URL that will tell you the id numbers of all the snapshots in a given gigapan.

Use this:

http://www.kilgore.org.uk/cgi-bin/surfing/snaps…

but change the id 11099 to the one you want.

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Sep 11, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Next release on September 11

With a little over 5 hours left (Pacific Daylight Time) I’m not finding signs of any updates today. Perhaps I’m being impatient…

I really would like to see a web page, whether here on the forum or elsewhere on the site, that is dedicated to tracking the status of known bugs, bug fixes, and feature requests. It would be nice if bug reporting and feature request submission mechanisms were built into such a page.

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Sep 10, 2013

Topic: Stitch / Detailed info on overlap and blending

Hello Bo,

You adjust overlap settings in the Pro’s Option Menu (max is 75% though) and when you set your FOV. For post-processing the overlap, use a software such as Auto Pano Giga because Stitch is more automated & offers fewer options for manual control. Technical detail can be found in the GigaPan Stitch and Upload Technical Manual at http://tinyurl.com/gigapan-su-tech

-Alicia

Art Pollard Art Pollard
Posted: Sep 9, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Plugging in Spare Battery ???

If I were to create a cord with a plug on both ends that will let me plug a spare Gigapan battery into the Gigapan body, will that provide enough voltage & amperage to power the Gigapan unit?

I’m thinking of the times when there is a long photo session and not wanting to run out of power half way through. (This could also happen when the weather is cold making the batteries not have as much effective charge.)