Tag: Software

Thursday Quote: Linus Torvalds

February 2, 2012 » Geek

“Just edit the makefile directly. autoconf and friends are the devil’s tools.”

– Linus Torvalds
subsurface README

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Thursday Quote: Rand Fishkin

December 30, 2010 » Geek

“The trend of design toward simplicity and accessibility in software happened for a reason – simple sells, see simple’s usable and simple scales.”

– Rand Fishkin
What I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Company

Thursday Quote: Joel Spolsky

December 23, 2010 » Geek

“Shipping is a feature. A really important feature. Your product must have it.”

– Joel Spolsky
The Duct Tape Programmer

Thursday Quote: Remy Porter

September 16, 2010 » Geek

“…like any enterprise application, it was built to be all things for all people, by people that didn’t have a clear picture of which things it was supposed to be to whom.”

– Remy Porter
Secured Typing

Making Panoramas With Hugin

August 17, 2010 » Consume, Geek, Life

We recently got back from a visit to Colorado and I had taken a few sets of photos that I intended to stitch into panoramas. This was new to me, but I figured it couldn’t be too hard, right?

With the help of Hugin, I figured right.

There is all sorts of cool tweaks you can do with Hugin, but I’m just going to touch on the basic process. There is a much more complete set of tutorials here.

The process boils down to these steps:

  1. Load Images
  2. Match Points
  3. Tweak Exposure (if you want)
  4. Render

Matching Points

Matching points is just a matter of clicking on a recognizable spot in one photo and then the matching spot on the next photo. You don’t have to be spot on, it will guess the right spot for you. Pretty cool. I did about four per photo pair.

Matching Points

Tweak Exposure

I used auto-exposure on my photos and, as a bonus, took a few pictures with direct sunlight. Not good for clean overlaps. Here’s my initial preview image.

Preview

Yuck, it’s all washed out and ugly. No problem, we can do some tweaking on the exposure tab and it should be all better.

Exposures

Render

Once everything is set up, rendering is a snap, it just takes a while.

Rendering

Enjoy

Once it’s done (not more than a few minutes) you should have your panorama. It’s going to be big though, my un-cropped panorama was 14587×2416 and weighed in at a hefty 19 megs as a high quality JPEG. Wow.

Completed

Overall Hugin is a super-easy and fun way to make awesome panoramic photos with any digital camera.