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5 tips while shooting a panorama (contd..)

Tip 66 (Camera supporting exposure lock): Like many camera functions that are not so easily known, many cameras offer an exposure lock function that is overlooked. An exposure lock function is useful for panoramas. The best way of finding out whether your camera has an exposure lock is to review the manual (you might find additional functions while reviewing the manual)

Tip 67 (Extent of overlap of the panorama segments): When you are shooting the segments that make up a panorama, you have to decide the overlap for each segment. You should overlap each shot by at least 30 percent. If you are shooting a row of buildings, then the next shot should include the last building that was there in the previous shot. Some cameras provide a panorama mode that displays a portion of the previous shot in the monitor so that you can see where to align the next shot in the series. If your camera doesn’t offer this feature, you need to make a mental note of where each picture ends so that you know where the next picture should begin.

Tip 68 (Shooting panoramas vertically rather than horizontally): Shooting panoramas normally is done by shooting the segments in landscape mode; an alternative model is to shoot vertically (in portrait orientation) rather than horizontally (in landscape orientation). It is supposed to have end up in less edge distortion and maybe a better looking panorama overall.

Tip 69 (Using white presets and RAW): Shooting in RAW allows you to manipulate your white balance settings, hence if possible, for panoramas, shoot in RAW to ensure a consistent and accurate white balance throughout. You can then do post-shoot manipulation of the white balance settings.

Tip 70 (Setting constant exposures for Panoramas): You can exploit the feature of half-pressing the shutter button to set your exposure. For this purpose, when starting the shooting of your segments, press your shutter button halfway down to set your exposure. Most cameras will allow you to view the aperture and shutter speeds; you can then set the camera in manual mode and set these values.

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