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Everyone’s crazy for Panorama these days; it’s in point and shoot cameras, it’s in DSLRs, and yes, it might even be in your phone… So why do you want to start shooting wide or tall with panoramic shots? There are a few reasons, so let’s take a look at them, and how to get the best results.
Panorama shots are cool because they’re different. Seeing one continuous view of a space or an event gives you a sense of the epic scope of what the viewer saw. The incredible pictures you’ll get from panorma modes are important because they capture more of the moment, and make sharing it even more special. You can really capture the beauty of a landscape, the scale of a city scape, the scope of a tower, or the emotional charge of a crowd, when you are able to see more.
Panorama modes have been around since the popularization of digital cameras. My old Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH S100 from about ten years ago had a mode they called “Photo Stitch” that allowed you to shoot shots in sequence to build panoramic images. The camera would show part of the previous image on the left or right of the screen, and you had to do your best to line the images up to get the next shot. It wasn’t easy to say the least.
Nowadays, cameras from Fujifilm, Sony, and Canon all have easy-to-use panorama modes built in. You just point, click, and sweep your camera lens across the scenery to get your shot. Simple, right?
Sure, but let’s walk through it so you can get the best results.
Step one: take a strong stance, with your feet shoulder width apart.
Step two: tuck your elbows in to your body to give your shot more stability.
Step three: sit down into your stance, and bend your knees a bit to give yourself the flexibility to turn. Think about where you want to start and end the shot, you may want to rotate your body to give yourself the most coverage!
Step four: press your shutter button! Your camera is going to tell you to start moving… do so!
Step five: GO SLOW! Moving too quickly will cause the camera to capture weird image artifacts, so follow the instructions on-screen and move slowly.
Step six: press the shutter button to stop the panorama, or turn until the camera will no longer record.
That’s it! Now you can take that great, wide-scope image and print it out at home on a photo printer, or have it developed by your local digital developer!