How To Take Panorama Shots?

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OP jimlau Regular Member • Posts: 226
Re: How To Take Panorama Shots?

dsjtecserv wrote:

jimlau wrote:

dsjtecserv wrote:

jimlau wrote:

If I want a 3 photo panorama ,the center shot being at a 45 degree angle up from the horizon, how do I adjust the left and right shots in order to maintain as much of each shot as possible? Do I rotate or tilt the 2 side photos?


is your question about how to take the shots for best results, or how to process shot you have already taken? If you have already taken the shots (and don't have the opportunity to reshoot) then I'd suggest posting the output that you are currently getting from Photoshop, with details on what PS tools and settings you are using. And as other have suggested, using a program specifically designed for panoramas is likely to get you better results.

Obviously it is best to shoot the images in a way most likely lead to accurate stitching and the overall desired results. If you are seeking advice on how to best shoot, can you provide more information on what you are trying to do?


Both. I have 3 shots of the night sky. PS was not stitching them well. I had it set on auto and assumed it knew best. So i then started to question the shooting technique.

But then I went back and chose to just align, and 95% of all 3 images were included

So all is fine now. PS was throwing me off on how to shoot. I had locked the tilt, then just panned across the sky with sufficient overlaps. That type of shooting with alignment stitching should do the trick I assume?

First, shooting only the night sky, with no other reference points such as ground objects, trees etc., is challenging for any panorama software. It is more difficult for it to detect overlapping patterns in stars etc. only. It can be done, but an accurate depiction often needs additional, manual specification of control points that should be treated as overlapping. Photoshop doesn't have a mechanism for this. But if you merely want a "starry sky" with no guarantee that the same stars are aligned from shot to shot to produce and accurate depiction of the sky, then just alignment, without warping, may accommodate that.

If you are using a pan-tilt head that allows you to adjust the pitch of the camera while still panning on a level axis, then that is fine. But if you are using a ball head and tilting the the camera up, then the rotation will be along an arc, with the high point in the middle and the frames to the left and right shooting lower in the sky. Aligning that to make a rectangular pano will be problematic, because you don't have the higher part of the sky to the left and tight recorded.

Don't use automatic anything. Determine an exposure that is best for the whole scene, and use that on manual for all of the shots. Same thing with focus: find the best focus for the important part of the scene, adjust aperture for the desired depth of field, and then lock focus. The amount of overlap between frame varies depending on the scene, but generally about 1/3 is plenty.


This is what I got from locked tripod and only panning, locked focus, using PS:

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