Usually we get questioned what the difference is between our linear streetline panoramas and a classic panorama. When people are not aware how exactly a place or street we photographed looks like, they might assume we did a classic panorama photography from one viewpoint and that there was enough space in place for us to capture the whole scene from that viewpoint. In reality we photograph places where that is not possible most of the times. The wider our panorama is, the more obvious. Best would be we visualize that with two different panoramas of the same place. Below you see the streetline panorama of Grimmaische Straße in Leipzig, taken right beside the old town hall. The second picture shows the same street front taken as a classic panorama from one viewpoint.
The difference is obvious. The streetline panorama shows more of the complete street front and the classic panorama can hardly make the buildings at either end of the street recognisable. Furthermore the classic panorama usually distorts the buildings, showing the ones closer to the viewpoint larger than the ones further away. This problem is also balanced in the streetline panorama, presenting each building along the street front equally next to each other. So what is the difference in the photographic approach?
While a classic panorama is taken from one viewpoint by rotating the camera, hence it is often also called 360° panorama, a streetline panorama is basically a multi-viewpoint panorama. A set of photographies is taken from different viewponts along the street front. To visualize that we have prepared a graphic:
The photographer (red dot) moves along the street front for the linear panorama and takes overlapping photographies. For the classic panorama the photographer keeps its position and rotates the camera to take overlapping photographies from one viewpoint. The approach in taking multi-viewpoint photographies makes it possible with computer image editing to present all buildings along the street front next to each other and corrected in proportions in the later image editing hence creating a streetline view of the whole street.
Which answers the question for the difference between both panorama styles. However the main difficulty with linear panoramas remains the image editing step. While a classic panorama can be quickly stitched given the right panorama programm, a linear panorama needs an elaborate manual editing process. A short introduction is given in our technique info.
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