FIVE THINGS TO LOO K OUT FOR …
There’s more to these wide-shooting wonders than meets the eye, so consider all this before you buy…
Some panoramic heads limit you to single-level horizontal motion. Choose one with vertical movement as well to create multi-row panoramas or interactive spherical pans you can move around.
02 Flat out
Does the head have a spirit bubble? Not all do, but one will help you get your shots perfectly horizontal.
03 Correct distortion
Move any camera around an axis and closer objects will appear to move relative to their surroundings. A head with adjustment to counteract this effect will give you better results.
04 Weigh it up
Some fancier heads are serious pieces of kit weighing over three kilograms. Pick a more portable panoramic platform that’ll fit in your kit bag and it’ll open up more spontaneous opportunities.
05 Select software
If your head doesn’t come with software for stitching your shots together, there are plenty of packages available. One of the most comprehensive is Autopano Giga (www.kolor.com).