9/1/2013 Weekly landscape show and tell

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billythek
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Re: 9/1/2013 Weekly landscape show and tell
In reply to kevindar, 11 months ago

Kevindar,

Are taking panos new for you?  There's definitely a learning curve.  Here are some tips I've learned:

- Do everything manual.  Shoot in M mode, and set aperture, shutter speed, ISO (turn off auto ISO).  Also, turn off AWB, set it to daylight or whatever.

- Focus, and then flip the lens switch to manual.  Don't allow the camera to refocus.

- Although with modern software, you can get pretty good panos hand-holding, you'll do better using a tripod with a nodal rail.  Also handy to have is a leveling base with a panning clamp.  My Acratech GP ballhead has one built-in when you flip it over.  Come in very handy for panos.

- Shoot with the camera in vertical (portrait) orientation, and pan horizontally.  Gives a lot more pixels to work with, and makes it easier to crop.  An L bracket comes in handy for this.

- Take the time to carefully level everything so you are panning level to the horizon.  It will stitch much better if you do.

- Overlap 25 to 50%.

Maybe you already know this stuff, in which case sorry for seeming presumptive.  Hope it helps someone, at least.

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