Although it is not the recommended way to get the best results, the below panoramas were all taken by hand without using a tripod. Then I used a really cool piece of free software from Microsoft (yes they do make some) called the ICE (Image Composite Editor) to stitch them together.
You can download it from the MS Research pages and it is well worth checking out. Previously I used some open source software called Hugin for panoramas, whilst it does the job you have to tweak the set up quite a bit to get the best results. ICE – whilst it lacks these advanced options – triumphs because “it just works”.
- You open the application and select the source images
- ICE processes them into a panorama
- You can then preview and crop the final image
- Then you save it
I have yet had to resort to the advanced mode within ICE to fix any major defects in the images it has produced.