It seems that good panoramic photos may be a thing of the past these days as there aren’t too many people taking them. The biggest reason for this is they aren’t confident enough to try taking panoramic shots or they think the process is just too difficult. But it’s not really that hard and the results are often fascinating.
Once you’ve found the perfect place to take a panoramic photo and the lighting conditions are right, you should put your camera on a tripod for stability. A 360-degree rotating head will also come in handy for a panoramic view.
Put the camera into the vertical orientation and make sure that the camera and tripod are both as level as can be. You can even use a small level to be sure of this. You can get small ones that attach to your camera’s hot shoe. Having everything level will cut down on stitching errors and keep your images straight.
When you’re ready to take the shots you may want to consider using the RAW format as this gives you the most flexibility when it comes time to edit the photos. RAW files allow you to view most of the workable information you might need.
Using a wide-angle lens will definitely help. You might want to consider something like a 12-24mm or 18-55mm lens. These will usually allow you to shoot at an aperture setting of f/13 or f/16 with the ISO setting at 100 or 200. Other lenses that work fine are 10-17 mm fisheyes and 10-20mm.
When focusing, aim about a third of the way into structure or landscape you want to capture and lock it in. If you don’t lock it, the focal point changes every time the shutter button is depressed and your images will lose their focus. This process will be easier if you use the camera’s manual focus mode. If you overlap each photo by about 20 per cent they’ll be easier to stitch together on an editing software program.