In March 2011 I tried in vain to align 3
images with Hugin so that I could
compare them with mouseover image manipulation (run the mouse
cursor over the images below to see what this means).. The main problem was that one
of the images was taken at a different focal length, so they didn't line up. I asked on the
Hugin mailing list, but
didn't get the answers I wanted. In February 2013 I finally worked it out—I thought. Since
then I've discovered a number of cases where this method didn't work, and I'm still trying
to work out when it does and when it doesn't. Read on and try it; feedback more than
Here's what you need to do, based on the images I took 2 years before. Run the mouse cursor over the images to compare with the following image, or click
on the images for larger versions:
In this article, all images are shown in relatively small format. Click on an image up to 3
times to enlarge it.
The steps are:
Load the images into Hugin, of course.
In the Images tab, select Create control points. I have found
that CPfind does not work well here; panomatic is much better. In this
particular example, CPFind did not find any control points between the middle
image and the other two.
If you want to try this with these images, they're here, here and here. In total they're about
In passing, it's worth noting how little you can rely on the information in
the EXIF data. According to that data, the
first image was taken at a focal length of 23.0 mm, and the other two were taken at a
focal length of 21.0 mm. Hugin reports focal lengths of 21.98972 and
21.45713. While these may not be absolutely accurate, the difference in focal length
is probably close enough—only 0.5 mm instead of the 2 mm that the EXIF data suggests.