3 Steps for Taking Panorama Photography

One interesting kind of photography is panorama photography. Panorama photography gives a way to look at a photo in a wide-angle. But it’s not that easy to make a good, or at least decent, panorama photography. So here are 3 steps for taking panorama photography.

Even though it becomes easier to create a panorama, like with a phone app, the truth is it does not always end up perfect. And so if you want the best result, it better to do it manually. And by manually I mean take the photos one by one, and then stitch it in post-processing.

Before we begin, let me say that this tutorial does not include the post-processing step.

3 Steps for Taking Panorama Photography

1. Bring out the important stuff

First of the 3 steps for taking proper panorama photography is to bring the right photography gears.

  1. Camera
  2. Any kind of lens (Please avoid using about 50mm focal length fix/prime lens if possible)
  3. Tripod (sturdy one if possible)
  4. Shutter Remote (don’t have to, but better if you have it)

Even though in the end all you need is a camera and a tripod. But in this article, I’m gonna explain the best way to making panorama photography. So if you want exactly that, you need all of the gear I just mentioned.

2. Prepare the Shot

The second step of the 3 steps for taking proper panorama photography is the prep or pre-processing.

Now, this is important. Make a mistake in this part, and it can ruin your entire shots. So follow it step by step.

1. Find the scene you want to photograph.3-Steps-for-Taking-Proper-Panorama-Photography

 

2. Attach the camera to the tripod, and attach the remote shutter to the camera (if it wired).

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3. Set your camera in portrait/vertical. This is so we can capture more of the scene.

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4. Make sure you can only move your camera (which already attaches to the tripod) horizontally (left-right).

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5. Check the camera setting (shutter speed, aperture, ISO). Recommended to hate the aperture around f/13 – f/16

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6. Put it in manual focus and make sure the camera is set focusing on the whole scene.

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7. Make a plan for the size of your panorama photo. How far you want to photograph the scene

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8. And then move your camera horizontally to the far end (left or right) of the plan’s distance, without moving the tripod. Then move it a bit further.

3. Take the Shots

The third and final step of 3 steps for taking panorama photography is to take the photos itself, or what I like to call processing.

Now we have finished the preparation, let’s begin taking a shot. Like before, wrongdoing can ruin the entire panorama photo. For that reason, we’ll use illustration to demonstrate how it works.

Let’s assume in this tutorial I take the panorama photo from left to right.

Begin to photograph the first shot. The first photo should start with a bit further than the original plan. Check the photo and make sure you have the right setting, exposure, and focus. If not, change the setting and take the photo again.

If you already take the first photo, then move the camera to the right to take the second shot. Here’s the twist. Instead of moving the camera to the part we haven’t shot, instead, we should overlap at least 1/3 or 1/2 of the previous photo. This is to provide better information and correct stitching in post-processing. And doing so can make 2 photo blend better. So it can look like this:

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Repeat the overlap for the next shot until the last shot.

 

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The last shot should be a bit further than the plan distance.

Remember all the shots taken without changing any camera setting and focus.

Let’s try to see it in an actual photo:

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All of these photos are at least overlap 1/3 of the previous photo. And if we try to put all of them side by side, it gonna looks something like this:

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Obviously it’s not quite right. Because this is not an end result.


Result

Here’s a quick way to stitch panorama photo in Lightroom:

import the entire photos->select all of them->right click->photo merge->panorama

And here’s the panorama:

There you have it. This is 3 steps for taking proper panorama photography. Like I said before this tutorial doesn’t involve post-processing. Which I’ll write in the later post.

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