Three Tips for Better Panoramic Photographs
Sometimes its the little things that make all the difference. Here’s three quick tips to getting bette panoramic photos.
The Hand Knows
When you are out shooting panoramic photos, its pretty easy to get a ton of photos. When you jump into post into post you can get a little overwhelmed. Where does one pano end and the next begin?
That’s easy… just hold up your hand in between shots to signify a scene break. When you’re browsing in Bridge, Lightroom, or Aperture the scene break is easy to spot.
We’ve all come a little too dependent on the computers inside our cameras. But when shooting panoramic photos its critical to switch back to manual mode.
The last thing you want is for the aperture to change and your depth of field to vary as you pan, You’ll also want to avoid exposure variation as well. This manual override goes for both the camera and the lens… go for full control. I recommend taking a few test shots from around the arc and adjust your settings then let it rip and shoot the whole pano.
Get an L Bracket
Ideally, you want to shoot in portrait mode. This will allow for the least amount of bending as you rotate the camera around. Essentially you are creating a circle out of several rectangles. A portrait orientation allows for more sides to the shape, hence a smoother curve. Unfortunately most cameras mount to their tripods in landscape mode.
One option is to look for a tripod with a titling plate. This works well, but does introduce a slight distortion to the image. A better option is to get a L-bracket for your camera. This makes it easy to rotate the camera 90˚. I use a bracket and tripod mount from Really Right Stuff (www.ReallyRightStuff.com). While they are a premium grade, they offer plates made to fit specific camera models precisely. Camera controls and ports are not blocked by the L-plate.
What’s Your Secret?
Do you have any great tips for better panoramic photos? Please post them below.