Take Better Panoramic Photos with Any Camera

By Jason Fitzpatrick on January 12th, 2011

Panoramic photos, at first glance, might seem to be exclusively in the realm of professional photographers. Armed with some tips and tricks, however, anybody can take stunning panoramic photos with little more than a point and shoot camera.

Digital Photography School outlines 8 steps to taking the best possible panoramic photos. Among the tips, you need ample overlay:

Overlapping is one of the important areas in creating a panoramic image.  Just one slip with not enough overlap can ruin an attempt at the grandest of wide angle shots.  No one wants to see pictures of the Grand Canyon with a bar of white down the middle because of the failure to overlap properly.  I overlap by 30% each time.  Sometimes more.  Most people say 15% works just fine.  Experiment with your particular camera to find the sweet spot of overlap.  Increasing the amount of overlap helps reduce “flaring” that happens when the software is forced to use all of the image frame, including the corners which may show distortion depending on your lens selection.

Digital cameras afford us the opportunity to snap nearly limitless photos so we’d suggest erroring on the side of caution and overlapping as much as 40-50%. Hit up the link below for the rest of the panoramic tips and tricks.

8 Guidelines To Taking Panoramic Photos with Any Camera [Digital Photography School]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/12/11
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