October 2008
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5 tips for shooting a great panorama

Tip 56 (Good time to shoot panoramas): Midday isn’t a good time to shoot because it produces harsh shadows, bleached-out highlights and fl at colours.

Tip 57 (Triod during panorama shooting): A sturdy tripod is essential for shooting good (not even great) panoramas. If you handhold your camera, there is a very high chance that you will shake the camera and you’ll have a difficult time matching up the shots later – the changes in camera position due to shaking can cause skews and make it more difficult to stich the photos together.

Tip 58 (Planning number of shots needed for a panorama): Before you actually shoot the shots required for a panorama, do a practise run to check the number of exposures you’ll need for a complete 360 degreee pass. You will get an idea as to where you need to end each photo. If you’re shooting from right to left include a memorable area on the left of each frame in the following frame. If you’re using a pano head on the tripod (not essential to get this head, but it makes for a better panorama), measure and fix the degree of rotation.

Tip 59 (Maintaing the same exposure in a panorama): You must maintain the same exposure used for each shot to make the later stiching of the separate photos smooth and convincing. If you get a scene or time where the entire horizon evently lit, hen great. If this isn’t possible, you’ll need to find an exposure compromise that works for the entire scene and make sure you control the exposure during the entire shot.

Tip 60 (Focusing for a panorama): Once you focus on the first segment, turn off auto-focus for your lens. You need to make sure that you maintain the same focus during the entire shot, as it would look very bad (!) if different segments of your panorama have different focus points.

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