Capturing a Panorama

Whilst looking through my monthly subscription to Digital Photo magazine, I came across an interesting article which showcased a panoramic landscape photograph by an Australian photographer by the name of Jadon Smith. It explains how he captured the shot and the techniques that he used. His final image was made up from 5 individual images and he describes how he had to take the shots hand held, as he did not have a tripod with him at that particular time…something I can relate to earlier on in the week, when I forgot to pack my own tripod. The lens that he used was a 28-300mm, which is not ideally the best lens but he had to make do and I must say that his final image did not suffer despite this.

Smith shot in Aperture priority mode with the aperture set to f/13, to make sure that he obtained a deep zone of sharp focus. He shot in RAW and processed the images in Lightroom to get the overall exposure correct. Photoshop was used for the sticking (I prefer to use Hugin, as in my opinion it does a better job).

When shooting a multi shot panorama, there are some tips that can be very useful:

  • Although multi shot panorama can be taken hand held, it’s a good idea to use a tripod to keep your shots level.
  • Attach your camera securely to the head, then tilt it 90º so that you are shooting in portrait orientation (this means that you get more of the sky and the ground within the picture).
  • After each shot, pan across, ensuring that you incorporate a large overlap between shots (around 30% should be sufficient).

Jadon Smith’s image can be viewed by clicking on this link.


Digital Photo Magazine | May 2014

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Capture the Full Majesty of a Scene with a Panorama. (2014). Digital Photo, (181), pp.22-23.

Photo Trends (Apps)

After looking into photo trends yesterday I decided to do a little more research into apps. Many I have seen before but have not paid too much attention to. One app I have noticed that a lot of my friends use on social media is “Pintrest“. Until now I have overlooked it, due to the amount of photography apps that I currently have on my iPad and have found myself deleting many because I had far too many for me to use and maintain. This app however may be worth me looking into, as it looks as though it could be a good way to showcase your work and share items with others.



What is Pintrest?

Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows it’s users to create and manage their own theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies and photographs. Users can browse other pinboards for images, “re-pin” images to their own pinboards, or “like” photos. The site was founded by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp. Essentially Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organising things you love.

For photographers it is a place to not only showcase your own archive, but to collate the works of those who have inspired you and those you would like to emulate, it also comes along with handy tips and tutorials to help you along the way. Its visual format is perfectly suited for photographers.

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