Change your head

Six tri­pod heads that give geared con­trol or are per­fect for panora­mas

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It’s hard to do jus­tice to a spec­tac­u­lar vista in a sin­gle shot. Your best bet is to take a panorama, a se­quence of shots to be stitched to­gether in post­pro­duc­tion. You could brave it and shoot hand­held, mak­ing a men­tal note of vis­ual ref­er­ence points to help you line up each con­sec­u­tive shot. How­ever, you’re more likely to get a straighter and more seam­less re­sult by us­ing a tri­pod.

Most stan­dard ball-heads have a pan base that will keep things level, but a ded­i­cated panoramic head will help you pan at per­fect in­ter­vals so you’re as­sured a de­cent over­lap be­tween shots for op­ti­mal stitch­ing. More up­mar­ket op­tions of­fer even more con­trol, such as en­abling you to po­si­tion your Nikon to coun­ter­act panorama pit­falls like the par­al­lax ef­fect. Some heads move up and down to cre­ate spher­i­cal panora­mas. If that’s not enough, elec­tronic heads are ca­pa­ble of shoot­ing su­per­sized gi­gapixel panora­mas, or even time-lapse video pans.

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