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25 January 2012
Have you wondered how these professional photographers take those brilliant panoramic landscape photography with ease? Do you want to develop 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 few tips that you can follow to take excellent panoramic photographs yourself without investing in any expensive photography equipment!
1. You should begin by planning your shot sequence, because when you are shooting pictures for panorama, you will be taking ten or more pictures in a sequence. It is best to do a "dry run" looking through the viewfinder to plan the entire sequence in advance on how 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 computer, and you will get them in perfect order in the software.
3. In 360 panoramic photography, your photos should overlap to enable software to stitch them perfectly. You can easily stitch your photographs with a twenty percent overlap or even less. However, thirty to fifty percent overlap is recommended.
A large overlap in panoramic photography gives you a sufficient room for fine-tuning your final results.
4. For increasing the vertical field of view by about fifty percent, you should turn your 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 significant vertical coverage.
Aside from that, you should turn your camera sideways for deep or tall subjects, to get much better vertical angle of view.
6. Some cameras also have "grid lines" feature, which allows the user to display a grid of vertical or horizontal lines in their viewfinder while shooting. By turning the grid lines on, you can keep the horizion level and can easily estimate the overlap between the frames.
Each time when the frame is shot, you should 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 best for stitching panoramas.
7. You can get best results in panoramic photography by using tripod. This will ensure that all your photos are in the same planes and it is much easier to keep everything in line. However, you must ensure that your tripod is level before you begin shooting. Some tripods have built in bubble level to help you in leveling.
If you are planning to purchase a tripod, you should opt for 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 excellent results in your panoramic photography.