A panorama or a panoramic photo is achieved by combining or stitching a series of photos together. Panoramas are generally extremely wide photos that have a field of view wider than the human eye. It is possible to create a panorama from a single image with extreme cropping but for best results and quality, combining several images together is the preferred approach.
- Students will create two panoramic shots.
- Watch the video below on shooting panoramic images. Some important technical info is:
- Shoot in Manual mode to ensure that your exposure remains consistent from one shot to the next.
- Use manual focus.
- Use relatively small apertures (f/16 – f/22)
- Use of a tripod is an absolute must.
- Try to use focal lengths of 50mm or longer (wide angle lenses can create distortion and make the stitching process more difficult)
- Sign out a camera and tripod. Find an appropriate place and shoot a series of 10 or more images (ensuring you have adequate overlap from one image to the next).
- Upload your images to Lightroom.
- Convert your RAW files to JPEG if necessary.
- Watch the video below on stitching your images together in Photoshop CS5 or follow this tutorial.
- Check out these panoramas that were shot on the moon during Apollo missions.
- Save your final images as JPEGS into your Google Drive Hand In.
For additional information about panoramic photography, check out the Wikipedia page.