Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Seeing The Big Picture
Use panoramas to open up tight spaces
1. Use The One-Third Rule. When shooting for a pano, overlap your images by at least one-third. This Adobe Bridge screen grab shows that I actually overlapped a bit more than that. Better safe than sorry. I recommend you set your camera on Manual exposure so that the exposures match up. It’s also best to use a tripod. Better yet, use one with a panorama head so that your exposures are level. That said, I handheld my camera and had it set on the aperture priority mode for the pano you see here.
3. Experiment With Layouts. This next tip is very important. Don’t get discouraged if your first pano’s alignment is out of whack. You may need to select a different Layout. For example, the Cylindrical setting produced the best pano for my set of images shown here.
After your images and Layout are selected, all you need to do is press OK and wait—the larger the files, the longer your wait. I say that because you may want to downsize your pano files and experiment with different Layouts before you get to work on your large-file panos.
My final tip: Have fun creating panoramas—and experiment!
Rick Sammon is the author of 34 books (at last count) and teaches workshops around the world. Visit with Rick at www.ricksammon.com.