Last month my wife and I traveled to Ireland. Ireland has many beautiful landscapes. However, the normal lens on my camera has a 28mm focal length which is not wide enough to do the landscapes justice. The only way to capture the entire landscape is to shoot several consecutive overlapping photos to create a panorama. I very much enjoy shooting panoramas as they allow me to capture a very wide field of view and produce a more dramatic photo.
To take a panorama, I positioned my body looking at the center of the photo I wished to capture. Then rotate my body to the left without moving my feet, twisting at my waist. I then shoot the series of overlapping photos, with at least 30-40% overlap.
The second example is of The Burren, an area about 116 sq-miles created over 340 million years ago by the receding glaciers made of limestone.
In general, I shoot panoramas using aperture priority with my camera hand-held. Many websites recommend you use manual mode, so the exposure is the same for all the photos taken for a given panorama. In addition, they recommend the use of a tripod, so the horizontal plane of the photos are consistent. These are both very good suggestions, but my own experience is a good panorama photo can be accomplished without using manual mode and a tripod.
Below is Adare Castle
When I returned home, I combined (stitched) the photos using the panorama feature in Lightroom and/or Photoshop.
If you don’t have Lightroom or Photoshop there are several other stand alone software programs that allow you to stitch together a series of photos.
See Have Camera will Travel Link, for a list of available software for both MAC or PC. The list includes both free and for purchase software. I’ve not used many of the software programs so I won’t comment as to their features or ease of use.
I hope you will experiment with taking panoramas. They are fun to create.
Here are a few other panoramas I created in the past.
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