Making cheap panoramas

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in photo | No Comments

Every day on my way to the office I walk by this self rotating advertising pillar. Why not using it for fun?

How to

  • Find a rotating advertising pillar. Very common in Germany, don’t know about the rest of the world.
  • Make a tiny box to hold the cam, that you can tape on to the advertising pillar
  • Set your camera to timelapse mode to take a picture once a second or use CHDK (that’s what I did).
  • Take 50 pictures or so, to have plenty to choose from
  • Use Hugin to stitch the panorama. I tried some other tools before, they didn’t work (Panorama Maker 5, iPanorama)


scroll me

Scroll me.

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Scroll me.

Lots of “ghosts”. These could be removed with masks in Hugin. Another problem is that the axis you are turning around, is not even near the camera. That gives you parallax errors, mostly noticeable for near objects.

So, all in all it’s a cheap way to get cheap panoramas ;-) .


  • Inspired by this carousel
  • Open Source Panorama Stitcher: Hugin
  • Canon Hack Development Kit, CHDK