More newbie questions...
I want to make taking panoramas part of my photography. I will be taking some interiors to sell my house, but after that the panoramas will be 99% landscapes.
I know this is an expensive hobby, but I do want to limit the outgoings on items that are not going to get frequent use, and even when they are I can't afford to throw big bucks around. My questions are about equipment and software:
I have PS Elements 7 which seems to stitch pictures together OK but stores them as files with an extention that ordinary viewers don't display (drat) - is there a reason for that or can I use a different package? Is Elements 7 generally OK for amateur use?
On panoramic heads and such; are they really necessary? I took an interior using a cheap little level which indexes round in 30° increments - it seemed to work OK although there was one step in a wooden beam that shouldn't be there. What is this business about parallax error - how does it manifest itself? I just think that given a tripod which allows landscape and portrait and has a scale to judge rotation between shots, ordinary landscape panoramas look 'OK'? I must be missing something. I love gadgets, but with heads and specialised lenses costing so much I can't really justify one. I hope to use my 18-105mm at 24mm where there are less distortions.
'Interactive' 360's - what do I need to do them? Special software? Are there any good sources of information on panoramic photography that I can learn from?
Thanks for any help given.