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Creating a panoramic image - Method 1: Single Image Method

Posted: 13 May 2020

Derek Doar started out in photography at the age of 16, printing black and white images in the darkroom. Derek’s first love is Landscape Photography, his two favourite areas being the Derbyshire Peak District and the Isle of Harris. He has always loved images in the Panoramic format and has been creating panoramic prints for a few years. 


In this three-part series, Derek will be talking through three different methods on how to create the perfect panoramic image.


Producing quality panoramic images may seem like a daunting task. Many people are put off creating panoramic imagery due to it being perceived as complicated, however, that isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, the rewards of seeing your panoramic print, and the beauty that is on the paper, trump the work tenfold. 


When starting with panoramic imagery it’s important to visualise exactly what you want to capture. It’s far too easy to take a host of images across a chosen vista, hoping they’ll come together in the edit. When looking at a scene you want to capture, it’s imperative that you create a starting and finishing point, whilst also remembering what you want to capture from top to bottom. 


A common mistake can be trying to capture too wide of a panorama, but this can make the image look unnatural and can lack real overall credibility. Aim to capture an image with a ratio of about 3:1, which is the form for panoramic images. Sometimes 4:1 may work however, I suggest if you’re just starting out you should stick to 3:1 to get to grips with it..


There are multiple ways to go about capturing a panoramic, and it's good to practise before going out and committing yourself to shooting the perfect panoramic. It’s good to start off simple and work your way to more expert methods. 


The first way of capturing a panoramic image, and probably the easiest, is to frame your intended panorama in the top half of your viewfinder. Using a 3x2 ratio camera, you can look at changing the lens that will allow you to do a shot like this. 


Image 1


You may look at taking a practise image in your garden or at home, or may already have a similar shot to hand. When you have the selected image, re-frame it to the centre of the viewfinder as shown below. This is the sweet spot of your lens, and avoids possible soft corners


Image 2


Once this is done, reposition your focusing point to capture your panorama out of the centre...


Image 3


… and voila, a finished panorama, cropped out of the centre of the image and processed.


Image 4


In my next blog, I will discuss how to create a panoramic both when photographing and editing. 

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