Create an amazing in-camera panorama
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.