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  1. #1
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    Panorama tips?

    I've never taken a panorama picture before, so of course this week's competition theme is...panoramas! To compound things, while researching "How To Do Panoramas For Dummies" I discovered that my camera (D5500) does not have a panorama setting. Of course.

    So...

    Anyone have any general tips when it comes to taking a panorama shot (tripod? hand held? VR on or off? DoF setting? Wide angle lens vs telephoto? other?)?

    And...

    How do you stitch together photos in Lightroom so they meld into one? I did create a diptych previously, but that places a border between pictures. I want to try an actual panorama, like I see a lot of the members here create so artfully.

    If you don't care to type out your advice but know of a vid or online tutorial that you think might be helpful, I'd be just as grateful to see that. The places I've checked out have been all over the map, advice-wise. My head is starting to spin from the sometimes seemingly contradictory instructions.

    Thanks very much!


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    Re: Panorama tips?

    I will give you some quick, off of the top of my head tips.

    1. tripods are best to keep the horizon straight/level, however handheld can be used also.
    2. Overlap each shot by at least 1/3 with the previous shot whether horizontal or vertically oriented.
    3. Don't change exposure settings.
    4. Other things like DoF, lens type, etc. will be determined by what your subject is just like any other photo.

    I can't help you with LR, because I have never used it.
    I'm sure others will have some good advice and may disagree with some of what I have said. Ha!
    The reason for Pano shots is to get more detail from your camera than what you could do with only one shot.
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    Re: Panorama tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by cwgrizz View Post
    I will give you some quick, off of the top of my head tips.
    Thanks very much for all that, Walt! Seems like good starting advice, whether or not anyone here would be boorish enough to disagree with any of it

    edit: Hey Walt, if you don't use Lightroom...how DO you stitch your photos together?
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    Re: Panorama tips?

    Lightroom does Panoramas
    Use a Tripod, use portrait orientation... <-- Panos tends to lose image area when heavily cropped, and portrait orientations help to reduce that loss... manual exposure is best to keep exposure from changing...
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    Re: Panorama tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Lightroom does Panoramas
    Use a Tripod, use portrait orientation... <-- Panos tends to lose image area when heavily cropped, and portrait orientations help to reduce that loss... manual exposure is best to keep exposure from changing...
    Thank you for that, Fred. Sounds good - and good to know LR can handle it.
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    Re: Panorama tips?

    The main thing to consider is to put your camera in total MANUAL mode. Do a test shot to check your exposure and focus, then turn off auto-focus and make certain that you are in manual exposure. Then you can rely on your sight to take 3 or 4 pictures in portrait mode (camera in vertical) while trying to keep a line leveled. Then you open LightRoom, select the shots you want, right click and select merge panorama. Then wait for the result to come up. Some shots take longer than others.
    There are several tutorials for this on YTube.

    Good luck.
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    Re: Panorama tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel View Post
    The main thing to consider is to put your camera in total MANUAL mode. Do a test shot to check your exposure and focus, then turn off auto-focus and make certain that you are in manual exposure. Then you can rely on your sight to take 3 or 4 pictures in portrait mode (camera in vertical) while trying to keep a line leveled. Then you open LightRoom, select the shots you want, right click and select merge panorama. Then wait for the result to come up. Some shots take longer than others.
    There are several tutorials for this on YTube.

    Good luck.
    Thanks so much, Marcel! I appreciate that, and will give it all a try
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    Re: Panorama tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerspouse View Post
    I've never taken a panorama picture before, so of course this week's competition theme is...panoramas! To compound things, while researching "How To Do Panoramas For Dummies" I discovered that my camera (D5500) does not have a panorama setting. Of course.

    ...

    Thanks very much!
    I use A. I tried manual for about two weeks and missed a lot of great shots, so I went back to A.

    I try to hold the camera steady and overlap my shots.

    I use MS ICE (Image Composite Editor) to stitch them together.

    Part of the challenges are to get you out of your comfort zone. Good luck!
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    Re: Panorama tips?

    Marilynne, I'm not saying that one should always shoot in manual mode, but for panorama yes. The simple reason is that from one shot to the next, depending on how much dark or light areas are predominant your camera exposure will vary. So when the software tries to match, you sometime have different sly density or exposure.
    Practice makes perfect they say.

    good luck.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marilynne View Post
    I use A. I tried manual for about two weeks and missed a lot of great shots, so I went back to A.

    I try to hold the camera steady and overlap my shots.

    I use MS ICE (Image Composite Editor) to stitch them together.

    Part of the challenges are to get you out of your comfort zone. Good luck!
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    Re: Panorama tips?

    Panorama tips?
    Dangerspouse, you might want to check out Aaron Nace from Phlearn. He is pretty good with his explanations, and this video shows how to create a pano in Lightroom.

    Just remember what others have mentioned. If you are looking for the end result to be a horizontal image, then take a series of vertical pics. If you are looking to create a vertical image, shoot in the horizontal format. And shoot in manual to keep your exposure from changing as you move (and use a tripod if you have one).

    One last thing to remember - if you don't have a lot of RAM, don't shoot a lot of images to merge together. The more images you use, the more RAM necessary to process the merge. The end result will be a big file which also will also use more RAM.

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