Microsoft Photosynth, based on Photo Tour by University of Washington and Microsoft Research, is an interesting way to composite a large picture collection (20-300 recommended) of a scene or subject. To create a Synth you need to install a Windows Live Photo Gallery plugin that interacts with Microsoft’s Photosynth backend web service. While you can view public Synths at Photosynth, you’ll need a Windows Live account to create and share your own Synths. Also, recommend that you check out the “How to Shoot” guide.
My Synths are rather boring so far. Really need a larger collection of input photos to create a more complete Synth. Might be fun to get a bunch of people together to create an input photo collection of a scene or subject. Maybe a good use case for “Crowdsourcing”? It’s hard to leverage the power of crowdsourcing with an un-crowd of one.