8 Tips for Panoramic Landscape Photography

As a landscape photographer, one of the things I prefer is a wide or panoramic photograph. Creating a panoramic image isn't as difficult as many might think.

In this video, Brian Northmore teaches you that you can shoot panoramic images with the gear you already have. Panoramic photos can be a little tricky, but if you know a few of the basic elements, you'll produce some great images in a relatively short time.

I admire photographers who don't immediately recommend you buying a bunch of new gear to do something. Surely, you can buy a few things to make shooting panos easier, but if you're just getting started, you don't need them. Later, when you have more experience, you can investigate that advanced gear.

Brian walks you through the basics, starting with leveling your tripod, focusing, use of the image stabilizer, and exposure. Moving on to additional tips for camera movement and finding your set of photographs, he teaches things that you might not be able to figure out on your own but will definitely save you some effort.

Finishing up the tips, he covers shooting in raw and a quick run-through on how to stitch the images in Lightroom. If you haven't shot panoramic images, this video will surely help get you started off on the right foot.

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3 Comments

dierk topp's picture

I do most of my many hundreds of panorama shots for more than 15 years hand held.
And I am surprised, how you mount your camera in portrait orientation. With close foreground you may get big problems for stitching.
Why don't you use a L-bracket? And for perfect overlays of close foreground you better rotate the camera around the nodal point.

Simon Forsyth's picture

While most of the comments in this video are relevant, using an L bracket on the camera would be far easier and ensure the Nodal point is far closer than with the camera so far away from the tripod centre. Also the way the camera is used, being off centre risks the tripod tipping.
While using a proper panoramic unit which allows for movement to the nodal point is more complicated to set up when working out the nodal points, once this is done it isn't that much more difficult than not using one and can result in better aligned images

Brian Northmore's picture

Hi guys, I’m Brian Northmore.
I just thought it would be worth putting some more context behind the video. Also maybe it didn’t come over clear enough. The point of the tips in this video was to say that you can produce panoramic photos without using any special equipment.
You are both correct that are better ways of mounting your camera.
But that would be another video.
I pleased to answer your comments over on my channel if you want to drop by and visit.
Thanks for the watching and commenting.
Brian.