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Shooting & Stitching a Panoramic Photo From Start to Finish

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Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in October, 2009.

In this video tutorial, we look at the camera set up and post-production technique for creating stunning panoramic image. You'll be shown how to position your camera and tripod at the scene, experiment with portrait vs. landscape shooting, and given a walkthrough of stitching the various images together in Photoshop.

The Final Result

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Key Points for Shooting Panoramics

  • A tripod & spirit level are advised
  • Set exposure on manual or aperture priority
  • Focus manually
  • Lens: Focal length 35-70mm
  • Wider lenses may cause stitching problems
  • Overlap each frame by 15-20%
  • Be aware of lighting within the scene
  • Average your exposure or bridge them
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