Cre­ate an amaz­ing in-cam­era panorama

Practical Photography (UK) - - Hidden Camera Features -

THERE’S NO BETTER way to cap­ture an in­cred­i­ble vista than with a panorama. En­abling a hor­i­zon­tal or ver­ti­cal an­gle-of-view of up to 360°, they al­low you to cap­ture your lo­ca­tion in the fullest pos­si­ble way, help­ing im­merse the viewer in your scene for a real sense of place.

Un­til fairly re­cently, panos could only be cre­ated by tak­ing sev­eral over­lap­ping shots then stitch­ing them together in edit­ing soft­ware. But in the past few years many dig­i­tal cam­eras, in­clud­ing the hum­ble smart­phone, have ac­quired a pano fea­ture, which au­to­mat­i­cally stitches the shots together in-cam­era, and dis­play the re­sults im­me­di­ately on the screen. In-cam­era panoramic stitch­ing never re­ally took off in the DSLR world, only ap­pear­ing on Nikon’s D3300, and a few mod­els from Sony’s DSLT range, all of which are now ob­so­lete. If you’re a mir­ror­less user, on the other hand, it’s a dif­fer­ent story. All new Sony, Pana­sonic and Fuji CSCs come with an ad­vanced pano fea­ture built in, as do most pre­mium com­pacts and bridge cam­eras. You don’t even have to be very pre­cise with your shots – just slowly pan the cam­era hand­held and it will do the rest. Most even crop out the un­even frame edges for a neat fi­nal re­sult.

If you don’t have a cam­era with a pano fea­ture, you’ll need to shoot your im­ages the old-fash­ioned way and stitch them in edit­ing soft­ware. The up­side is that you can work with RAW files for more con­trol, and your end im­age can be RAW (DNG) too, rather than a JPEG. Your pano will also come out ex­tremely large should you want to print it on a very large for­mat. On page 82 we show you how to shoot and stitch a pano in both Pho­to­shop and Light­room.

Above Mir­ror­less mod­els such as Pana­sonic’s G80 en­able you to sweep the cam­era in a pan­ning mo­tion while hold­ing in the shut­ter but­ton, and the cam­era au­to­mat­i­cally cre­ates a seam­less pano.

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