panoramic photography

Now that you are well-equipped for taking panoramic pictures because you already have all of your gear in place, you are now ready to venture out into that sweet nature spot or that high-rise building that you’ve always eyed ever since. You have decided that the moment is now and you are sure that you’re going to get a good panorama the moment you’re there.

However, you might want to learn a thing or two before you sound off your camera’s shutter. It’s important that you keep in mind the following points:

Take a few practice photos

It’s important that you first figure out what are the best settings to use when you’re capturing a panoramic image. This is even more important when you’re using an SLR because the photograph might be too underexposed because you haven’t checked that the last photograph that you took was stopped down to achieve a darker, more subdued look.

It’s also important to also check the different settings such as ISO, shutter speed and whether you’ll be need an extra circular polarizing filter to screw onto your camera’s lens or if you will be taking shots near a body of water. Don’t overdo it though. It might not be good to take too many practice shots because the lighting conditions might vary or you might lose a subject that is already place to make the photograph interesting.

Envision the sequence

It’s quite important that you are able to mark the beginning and the ending of your panorama. If you would like to start at the left then frame your first picture by essentially “marking” it with an object that is part of the background.

You might want to start with a tree at the left of your supposed picture and as you pan from left to right, you might also want to look for markers where your frame stops for each shot because it is approximately where you will be starting your next photograph.

Steady the tripod

It’s very important that you setup the tripod that you’re using on a very level surface. You should remember that the camera should be level with the horizon so that you won’t be taking a weird panorama after the end of the shot. Most tripods will allow you to shift the different legs to either extend or retract them so it would be a good idea to situate your tripod like that.

Because a tripod allows you to smoothly pan across the horizon that you will be taking a picture of, you will be able to use it to create photographs, which when arranged in a graphics software program, will fit just right. One last thing to remember about a tripod is that you should be able to secure the camera into place each and every time. Take the time to sturdy both the camera and the tripod so that you will be able to both take a good shot and take your camera home in one piece.