Gord’s panorama photography
Panorama photography is great fun and allows you to provide a fresh perspective on the world.
Modern digital cameras make stitching together multiple photos to make a seamless panorama fairly easily. I use Microsoft ICE (free software) for most of my panorama photo stitching.
Please click on each photo for a link to its Flickr page.
Method #1 – Sweeping with new phones
Simply set your camera to “Panorama”
Push the shutter release
Sweep slowly left to right horizontally as directed by the camera
Push the shutter release again
And there you have it. Image quality is marginal, but still lots of fun. You might be able to try a vertical sweep.
Method #2 – Hand Held Automatic
Set your point and shoot camera to “Panorama” or “Stitch” mode.
Take your pictures as instructed
Stitch together with software.
Makes great photos.
Method #3 – Hand Held Manual
Set your camera to manual (manual shutter speed, manual focus, manual white balance)
(Or you can simply keep your finger lightly on the shutter release to “lock” in the exposure.
Take your photos from left to right (or up to down). Use 50% overlap. Keep the camera level.
Stitch your photos together with software.
Usually works well if there aren’t too many things in the foreground.
If you shoot vertically (camera tipped to portrait format), you can get a lot more pixels in the height of the image.
Method #4 – Full on
I use a panorama bracket for my tripod that allows my camera to pivot around the lens’s nodal point. This set up gets around the parallax problems when stitching.
This is the checklist I use for my Nikon D800 DSLR…
Set up the tripod
- Set tripod on firm ground, approimately level
- Attach leveller and pano head to tripod legs. I like the Novoflex VR-System II (but there are lots of other good ones out there)
- Set rail +11.0cm tripod screw
- Level head
- Set the rail so the nodal point of the lens is over the pivot point of the tripod
Set up the camera
- Mount camera vertically on tripod rail (portrait style)
- Set 3 second delay on camera. Attach remote shutter release cable
- Set Large image, Raw+JPEG
- Set 100 ISO
- Set white balance to daylight
- Set manual focus
- Set manual exposure
- Set aperature to f/11
- Choose shutter speed
- Focus (use hyperfocal distance)
- Set the camera to the left of the first shot
- Shoot left to right with 50% overlap (easy to do in the view finder or by constant angle measurements on tripod head)
- Take one extra shot to the right of the final image
- Shoot a picture of your fingers to mark the end of the sequence
- Recheck and reshoot for a duplicate
- Load the images into the panorama stitching software
- Save the resulting image
- Finalize in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom
- Print 96 x 24″