Panograph photography: how to make on-trend, ‘low-tech’ panoramas

Panograph photography: how to and assemble on-trend low-tech panoramas

How to shoot your panograph

How to shoot your panograph: step 1

01 Auto everything
This is a technique that doesn’t rely on precise camera settings! We’re using auto exposure and auto White Balance and are shooting JPEGs set to the S (small) size – the panograph will be big enough once it’s assembled, and higher resolutions will slow your computer down.

 

How to shoot your panograph: step 2

02 Shoot to a plan
This technique relies more on judgement than technical know-how. You need to look at the scene you want to photograph and mentally split it up into a grid so that shoot the overlapping frames systematically. It’s easier than it sounds once you get into a routine.

 

How to shoot your panograph: step 3

03 Mind the overlap!
This is how we shot our panographs, starting from the top-left corner, shooting a row of images left to right, then dropping down to shoot another row of images from right to left, then starting another row from left to right and so on. The frames need to overlap by around a third.

 

How to shoot your panograph: step 4

04 Manual focus
We’ve left most of our settings on auto, but if your scene contains subjects close to the camera, it can look odd if the focus changes between frames. In these situations, focus on the background, then flick the focus switch on the lens to the M position to lock the focus.

QUICK TIP
This makes a fantastic technique to use for holiday shots, showing familiar buildings and landmarks in a new way.

PAGE 1: What is a panograph?
PAGE 2: How to shoot your panograph?
PAGE 3: How to assemble your panograph?

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