panoramic photography

So you’ve already decided that you do want to create a panorama. You’ve already decided on capturing that mountain range that your state has or going up to a very tall building to capture that city skyline that you’ve always wanted to shoot.

You’ve decided to read up on how to take panoramas and you’re all excited to shoot your first one. What’s next? This article will show you what you need to bring in order to capture a picture perfect panorama. So, without further adieu, let’s start looking at the hardware.

Digital camera

This is specific for creating a panorama simply because you would like to be able to cut and combine several of your pictures into one long, horizontal scene. And if you happen to use a normal film camera, you would end up doing a whole lot more work than you’re supposed to normally have.

The purpose of having a digital camera is to be able to have a copy of your pictures in digital format so that it will be easy to “stitch together” the different photos that you will be taking. If you had used a film camera to take the photos, you would need to have the negatives developed, and then have them printed.

After that, you need to take the printed pictures and scan them in order for them to be manipulated digitally. You could probably end up just cutting and pasting areas of your developed pictures but this type of process could be quite crude.

Just think about what you would do if you accidentally miscalculated a part of your picture that you were cutting? You would have to have that particular picture developed all over again. Now, compare that hassle to being able to just double-click your mouse to bring up a copy of the picture that you have on file. Even simpler, why not just hit Ctrl-Z to undo that command?

Tripod

This essentially helps keep your camera aligned along one straight horizon while you are successively panning per shot. If you had to capture photos just by using your hand, you would have to stay extremely stiff when you would rotate your body to capture the wide angle view of the horizon. You’re essentially risking a slight shift in the picture which will make your job much harder when you’re already stitching the pictures together.

Graphics editing software

After you’ve uploaded the pictures that you’ve taken, you can now proceed to do the hard part of making a panorama. You now have to “stitch together” the photographs. There are actually programs specifically designed to do just this task.

You may not need to shell out for something as expensive as Adobe Photoshop and it wouldn’t be as practical as well if all you’re looking for is to stitch a few photographs together. Some of the digital SLR cameras out there even have bundled software with their camera. It certainly is much better if you are able to assess what you need before you go out and get software for the task.