After learning a few new tricks Kevin has become much better at capturing the photos he envision. Panoramic images showcase an entire scene in a single image. Many people describe a place or scene in an image, however many images just cant show how vast an area is or sometimes leave out an important element. Panorama images generally show the entire area as the viewer would see it for themselves. Many panoramic images are nothing more than cropping a single image to display only the immediate scene. When Kevin Thompson photographs a panorama it is several full size images combined together, this gives a much larger image than any single image can produce. Panoramas also allow the photographer a way to display a complete story in one image, sometimes showing many activities and lifestyles in that same scene.
Here are some tips on capturing a great panorama.
1st) You must use a tripod and it must be level.
2nd) Shoot frames in portrait, it gives you more of the scene if cropping is necessary
3rd) Make sure you have enough image in each frame for good overlap, usually about 20% is good
4th) Use a program like Photoshop to assemble the multiple shots
5th) Crop the best part (if any cropping is needed)
If you have an L-Bracket it makes it much easier to shoot in portrait mode, using the L-Bracket keeps the weight and lens centered over the tripod. With the lens centered you get less movement of the camera. Another benefit is that a traditional mount will hang the weight off to the side of the tripod. This weight to the side can be dangerous, if your camera / lens combo is heavy it might tip over.
If you have a panorama package with a nodal point adjustment your images will have less distortion when the camera is rotated to each new location. This makes stitching the image together much better.
Use a cable release, it keeps camera shake to a minimum. It isn’t necessary, but it sure makes for a great image. If you don’t have a cable release you can set you camera to timer mode so any vibration will have enough time to settle.
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