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How to capture little planets

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Wow, I've been searching the net for weeks on how to do this. Thanks so much!
B0073D's avatar
Hey there! Awesome tutorial! Can I ask how you managed to stitch together the blender renders??

I've been wanting to do a little planet using blender but Im tearing my hair out lol.
lampman's avatar
Ive always wanted to try this, and this makes it alot more clear. thank you
axxis262's avatar
haha... i think i will try that at weekend, i will build a Panohead diy...
glanne's avatar
super tutorial! das kann ich sicher irgendwann mal gut gebrauchen :-) :+fav:
Mikuru-Yuki's avatar
danke schon. (i'm not german)

this is very helpful i did this in graphics but without the tripod this is more detailed thanks.
suckup's avatar
bitte schön!
Mikuru-Yuki's avatar
had to edit this alot because it's not a 360 panarama.

just the image duplicated. XD


this little planet thin is my graphics project, my teacher wanted me to research it, and make them.
SLKestrel's avatar
omg i love you.
spr33's avatar
Great tutorial suckup.

Just one quick question:

Do they turn out in a similar fashion if you just shoot 360degrees without doing the ground shots? I'm doing a photo project on Saturday and I was thinking of capturing our 6 towns and putting them in Polar Panorama form.

Thanks in advance.
suckup's avatar
sorry this answer will be a little late :-/ but for some reason i didn't see your question.

for getting the real "balloon-effect" you need the ground shot. if you don't have it you will get a "vacuum-black-hole-like-effect" like on this image
spr33's avatar
Thanks for the reply. I had a quick attempt at one but I did get the 'vacuum-black-hole-like-effect'. It's also pretty tricky to do these suckers without a tripod.

Thanks again.
perenstrom's avatar
Very helpful indeed, thank you very much. There is just one thing I can't really understand how you do, how do you take the ground-picture?

In my experience, I haven't got long enough arms to take of the ground without getting myself in the picture.

I will try the Stitcher Software you recommended and see if it does a better job than Hugin.

(my poor attempt at this can be viewed here: [link] )
suckup's avatar
sorry for the late answer.
i put the tripod away, stretch out my arm with the cam and try avoiding to photograph my own feet.
Summon-The-Wolves's avatar
Cool, thankyou!
How impotent is it you use the pano-head though? What happens if you don't?
suckup's avatar
sorry for the late answer. as i wrote it is "more or less important". your stitching software might have problems with objects that are near (0-10m) the point of view. depends on the situation.
painkiller32's avatar
this is awesome. i'm gunna use this
bigmouse64's avatar
This tutorial is brilliant, I rated it amoungst the best on DA.

v-e-v-e's avatar
great tutorial!! now i will try another pano, but aplying what you say in this tutorial....i am sure that i will have greater results. Thank you for making this tutorial, not many artists do that... :hug:
kicimici's avatar
Thanx for this tutorial! The idea is great, I wonder if you've tried to make HDR polar panoramas?
suckup's avatar
hi there, you're welcome!
i tried a hdr polarpano once, but it was too difficult to make 38x3 (114) exposures without anything around me moving, especially the people, clouds and trees. i have to try that when i am at a nice place, the sky is plain blue and i have my cam and panohead with me.
Apperhension's avatar
Well if you are able to make snaps in RAW there is no need for triple shots to achieve HDR .
suckup's avatar
well that's true, but my experience with single shot raw to hdr conversion is that it ony works fine in the daylight. did you make other experiences?
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