Tripod Techniques: Sweeping the World
Shooting and weaving a panorama to perfection is quite an easy task—all you need is a great subject.
Beautiful, breathtaking landscapes, or even cityscapes, can be captured and developed quite easily. You can take them back home and cherish the memories when you review them, all you need to do is keep a few things in mind.
Orienting the Camera Correctly
The most common mistake that people make is to shoot horizontally. Set your camera in the portrait orientation on the tripod, and when planning consecutive photos, remember to overlap them by about 30% at least. Use a tripod so that you don’t need to worry about ensuring that all your frames have a seamless horizon.
The Exposure Consideration
Set the exposure, White Balance and focus manually. You do not want to end up with focusing errors or frames with two radically different kinds of WB settings.While the ideal focal length would be normal to telephoto, shooting with wide angle or even fisheye lenses can give you extremely strange results. But you will also have to cope with all the distortion.
Using Panoramic Tripod Heads
A panoramic tripod head helps you maintain a consistent horizon and allows the camera to be positioned so that it rotates around its nodal point between shots. You can set the degree of camera rotation in relation to the focal length that you are using. Some of them even come with a bracket for mounting the camera that allows you to shift orientation from horizontal to vertical within seconds.
When using a fisheye lens or an extreme wide angle lens for panoramas, remember to position the camera such that the tripod’s legs are not visible in the resulting frames.
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This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of Better Photography.
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