FAQ

Who can join?
Why register?
Panorama photos - How to?
Why can't I label a certain panorama?
What about the Copyright of my images?
What images can be uploaded?
What can I do if I find a wrong label?
What is the score?


Who can join?
Everyone.
There is no age limitation or other requirement to be met to view and search images on this site. To upload images yourself, you need to be a registered user, though. The registration itself is, of course, free of charge. To register, you just need to enter name and email address. Your password will be sent to the given email address.
If you already have a login and password for one of the following website, you do not need to register again: www.4000er.de, www.alpin-koordinaten.de, www.alpen-panoramen.de.
Members of these websites can use their existing information to log into panorama-photo.net. New members of panorama-photo.net, on the other hand, will also have access to the above websites.


Why register?
A simple registration with name, email and password is still the most effective means to protect a site from spam and abuse. Our registration is kept to a minimum, since we have no interest in harvesting addresses or pertinent information from our users. We only require a name and a working email address to verify the person.


Panorama photos - How to?
Most of the users will produce panorama shots by stitching together single photos, using an appropriate software application. We have summarized some very useful hints for you, because a few things should be kept in mind, while taking the photos, to avoid problems later in the process.
  • All of the photos of a panorama should be taken with the exact same camera settings. For analog cameras, this means the same settings for aperture and exposure time. For digital cameras, this means that in addition to aperture and exposure, the white balance must be kept the same as well. The easiest way to achieve this, of course, would be through a panorama setting offered by some of the newer cameras on the market.
  • The photos of a panorama require sufficient overlap to be rendered correctly. As a rule of thumb, the overlap should be at least a third to a fourth of the image width. Some cameras offering a specific panorama mode will display the previous picture within the viewer, which is very helpful in determining the overlap of the images. If your camera does not offer this feature, you should take your time and plan you panorama photos more precisely. Memorizing certain shots within the overlapping images is very helpful.
  • Using a tripod not only improves the quality of the image but also reduces the editing work required later on. Though, great panoramas can still be taken without a tripod, too. Even rather bumpy horizons can be smoothed out later on.
  • Analog photos (e.g., prints, negatives) need to be scanned before producing a panorama. For the scanning process too, you should pay close attention to the settings of the scanner. All images need to be scanned using the exact same settings.
There are a number of software applications that will stitch your photos together and produce the final image. The quality of the applications varies widely. Here you will find brief introductions to a selection of the better quality applications.

Hugin  hugin.sourceforge.net
Hugin is based on the Panorama Tools of Panorama Tools. The software offers an extensive range of transformation and correction tools (e.g., removing falling lines). Taking advantage of all of the possibilities of this application to produce high quality panoramas might be very demanding and might require substantial amounts of time. Even though the learning curve is rather steep, you will be able to fix the most demanding panorama that other applications will not be able to handle.
A good introduction is the tutorial of Rob Park:
Creating Panoramas with Hugin

Outstanding results can be achieved effortlessly by using some of the most up-to-date software applications.

Autostitch www.autostitch.net
University-born Autostitch lets you produce your panorama almost without effort. The demo version (free of charge) produces also very large panoramas. Just feed it the single images and after little wait you get a completely stitched panorama - without any visible transitions and without any user intervention. In a second step, one can increase the resolution as well as the JEPG-quality within the options settings. Autostitch can produce some of the highest quality panorama. Actually, some of the great panoramas on this website were produced with Autostitch.

Panorama Studio www.tshsoft.de
Panorama Studio, a commercial application (Ä 34.95) by Tobias Huellmandel, works almost completely automatic as well. In comparison to Autostitch, the user can intervene and change settings manually if required (e.g., defining the horizon). The German computer magazine cít recently tested Panorama Studio and rated it 'excellent'.


Why can't I label a certain panorama?
There are two requirements for a panorama to be labeled.
  • The user must be registered.
  • The owner of the panorama must allow labeling through other users.


What about the Copyright of my images?
The copyright always remains with the original owner of the image. The owner can also remove images at his own discretion without providing any reasons for doing this. The owner of the images - by uploading the images to panorama-photo.net - gives permission to panorama-photo.net to display the images on this website and let other users interact with the images within the possibilities offered by the website (e.g., labeling, commenting, rating, etc.). The owner of the image is well aware that - due to the technical possibilities of websites - panorama-photo.net cannot be held responsible for misuse of the images outside the website, since images can always be copied.
Please also read our terms of use.


What images can be uploaded?
  • You need to be the copyright owner of the images that you want to upload to panorama-photo.net.
    Please also read our terms of use.
  • The technical specifications are as follows:
    • Maximum allowed filesize:
      0,5 MB (width< 2000 Px)
      1,0 MB (width2000 - 3999 Px)
      1,5 MB (width4000 - 5999 Px)
      2,0 MB (width6000 - 7999 Px)
      2,5 MB (width≥ 8000 Px)

    • The height of the photos must not be larger the 500 pixel. Otherwise, proper display with the browser window cannot be guaranteed.


What can I do if I find a wrong label?
As a registered user, you can send the "owner of the image" or the "owner of the label" a message. To do this, please click the envelope symbol behind the name of the image owner or the name of the label owner. You can determine if the recipient should get your email address for further questions.


What is the score?
The score is more than just the average rating, since we also incorporate the total number of ratings to maintain a certain stability while the number of ratings increases.
When the ratings for a panoramic photo are B1...BN the score is calculated according to the following formula:
The why and how about the score:
To achieve a fair ranking of images that are based on the number of stars (ratings) they received, can be tricky and erratic. The score was introduced to achieve two things: For one, provide stability against harsh rating differences. On the other hand, provided two images have the same rating average, the image with a higher number of ratings will be ranked higher.