How to shoot your panograph
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.
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.
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.
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.
This makes a fantastic technique to use for holiday shots, showing familiar buildings and landmarks in a new way.
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