Have you ever been to mountains and felt like capturing the complete scene not just a cropped frame...?
Panoramic photography can capture the entire field of view and create a stunning image that makes a huge impact. You can capture everything which is visible to a Human Eye at once.
Panoramic Photography: An Introduction
Try to move your head slowly from shoulder to shoulder and imagine that you are taking a series of images as you move your head from one shoulder to the next. If you were to lay each of these photos one after another, you’d have a rough, panoramic image.
Panoramic images use a wide aspect ratio that provides view of an area, mostly a landscape, covering more than the human eye can naturally see. Early panoramic images covered angles of about 150 degrees.
Today, panoramic cameras are much more sophisticated with motors that continuously rotate the camera evenly in time. Digital and film based rotating panoramic cameras are now capable of producing 360 degree images.
While wide angle lenses can produce wide images, distortion becomes a big issue. Take the fisheye lens as a prime example. Fisheye lenses can capture a wide, 180-degree view but with extreme distortion. Panoramic cameras produce images without distortion and with crisp detail throughout.
Check out some tips for a great Panoramic Photograph:
1. Overlap Amply
Overlapping is one of the important areas in creating a panoramic image. Just one slip with not enough overlap can ruin an attempt at the grandest of wide angle shots. A failed overlap will result in a white line where the overlap was not done properly. This looks very odd.
2. Keep It On The Level
Keeping your camera level becomes more important as you combine more images. If you’re shooting maximum 5 images then it is not very crucial. But if it is a humongous 40 image shot, it becomes more important to keep things on the level.
3. Be Careful with Super Wide Angle Lenses
A great wide angle lens does not always produce great panoramic shots. Sometimes it is better to let the stitching software do what it does the best, with ample overlap, to create your masterpiece.
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