Panorama Photography Tips 2013-05-10T19:41:13+00:00

Taking the Photos

  • Shoot at the lowest iso your camera is capable of to ensure as little noise as possible in the final photo.
  • A tripod is necessary for two reasons. You will likely be shooting with slow shutter speeds because of the low iso and you will want to ensure that each frame lines up with the last. While the software can usually adjust for misaligned frames you will end up having to crop out missing parts of the final image.
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  • Ensure that the part of your tripod that is rotating is completely level. If you don’t, you will end up with a tilted final result. This can be cropped but again at the cost of losing parts of the image. Getting a perfectly level base to rotate on can be difficult, a leveling base for your tripod will give you perfect results every time.
  • Shoot in manual so that each shot is identical to the last in settings. If you forget to do this, you will end up with an uneven exposure across your panorama.
  • If your not shooting in RAW, you will also want to set your white balance to something other than auto to avoid uneven white balance across the final image. If you are shooting in raw you can batch process the images to have the same white balance in Lightroom later.
  • If your panorama stretches from very dark on one side to very bright on the other, then try to set your exposure in the middle.
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  • Start by taking a shot from the very left or right. Then move over until you are overlapping about 1/3 and take another shot. Do this until you reach the other side of your desired final composition.
  • Now it’s time to process the photos!

Processing the Photos

  • Microsoft Ice – Very easy to use and great results but can be a bit limited when it comes to the more advanced options – Free
  • PTGUI – Complicated but tons of great options like HDR stitching – Not Free
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 – Convenient if your using Lightroom because you can just select the images from your library, right click and choose create panorama in Photoshop.- Not Free

This is 5 shots stitched together in portrait orientation using Photoshop. Shot at 55mm, f/11, 1/20s, and iso 100.

Gear Used:

Crescent Heights, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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With 5 shots, you can end up with amazing detail when viewed up close.

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