Have you wondered how these professional photographers make panoramic pictures with ease? Discover some tips to increase your skills.
Do you want to build the talents and skills that these photographers have in panoramic photography? Well, if your answer is yes, then you are in for a treat as we will give you several tips that you can apply to take quality panoramic images yourself without the need of investing in any costly photography equipment!
1. You should start by planning your shot sequence, because when you are shooting pictures for panorama, you will be taking 10 or more pictures in a sequence. It is best to do a dry run looking through the viewfinder to plan the whole sequence in advance on the way you will arrange your shots.
2. Though you can shoot photo sequence in any direction, but it is best if you can shoot from left to right, as it becomes much easier to make sense with your pictures when you are viewing them on your laptop or computer, and you will get them in best order in the software.
3. In panoramic photography, your photos should overlap to enable software to stitch them perfectly. You can very easily stitch your photographs with a twenty percent overlap or even less. Having said that, thirty to fifty percent overlap is recommended. A large overlap in panoramic photography gives you a adequate room for fine-tuning your ultimate results.
4. For increasing the vertical field of view by about fifty percent, you should turn your digital camera sideways for shooting your photos in portrait position. You will have to shoot more frames for covering the same scene, but with this maneuver, you will get considerable vertical coverage.
5. When rotating your camera in panoramic 360 photography, you need to keep it as close to horizontal as is possible, that is aim the middle of viewfinder in your camera at the horizon line. Aside from that, you should turn your camera sideways for deep or tall subjects, to get much greater vertical angle of view.
6. Some cameras also have grid lines function, which assists the user to display a grid of vertical or horizontal lines in their viewfinder while shooting. By turning the grid lines on, you might keep the horizon level and can rapidly estimate the overlap between the frames.
Each time when the frame is shot, you need to remember an object which was underneath the grid line one third of the way in from the edge of the frame. You should then rotate camera in a way that object is now on the edge of the frame. This can give you about one third overlap, which is ideal for stitching panoramas.
7. You can get best outcomes in panoramic photography by using tripod. This will ensure that all your photographs are in the same planes and it is much simpler to keep everything in line. Having said that, you must ensure that your tripod is level before you begin shooting. Some tripods have built in bubble level to assist you in leveling.
If you are preparing to purchase a camera tripod, you should decide on one that comes with two separate levels, where one is for leveling left to right and one is for leveling front to back. These tripods are more accurate than single dome style bubble levels, and would give high quality results in your panoramic photography.