How To Make Great Panoramas
There are two tricks to making great panoramas. You can do it! Here are the tricks:
Taking the Original Photographs
We believe that the best photos after processing are those that were the best before processing. So we recommend the following:
For perfectionists, one can make or purchase a special jig that rotates the camera about the focal plane of the lens (rather than the center of the camera body). It does produce more accurate results.
- Use a tripod.
- Orient your camera vertically for horizontal panoramas, and horizontally for vertical panoramas.
- Point your camera at the brightest portion of your panorama-to-be, and note the exposure (f/stop and exposure time). Put your camera in manual mode and set the f/stop and exposure time to these settings.
- Use a remote switch to minimize camera jiggle.
- Start at one end of your desired panorama, and take a series of photos, each overlapping the last by about 25%, until you reach the other end of your panorama.
- Note that you can even do 360-degree panoramas!
Merging the Photographs into a Panorama
The trick here is quite simple: use a program called The Panorama Factory!
This program is phenomenal, going beyond the photomerge in Adobe PhotoShop. It not only does a great job, but it also overcomes many mistakes made when taking the original photos. Many thanks to Bob Sheppard who introduced this program to our camera club! You may obtain the program for about $60 at the Panorama Factory website.
One can also combine photographs into a panorama using Adobe Photoshop (look under File/Automate/Photomerge). The method works well.