How to shoot and edit a Panorama
Follow our step by step guide and learn how to shoot and edit a stunning panorama. For this tutorial you’ll need a version of Photoshop Elements. If you dont have one you can download a 30 day free trial…
1. Set up the camera
Set up your tripod, and loosen the head so you can pan smoothly; if there’s interesting detail in the foreground fix your camera in portrait orientation. Set the focal distance at 24mm. Look for a good start and finish point in the scene, and pan across the scene without shooting so that you can see how landmarks sit in the frame. If you’re too far out, zoom in closer, or if you’re chopping off areas widen the focal distance.
2. Meter the exposure
Set your camera to Manual shooting mode, and set the aperture between f/11 and f/16 and the ISO to 100. Take a light reading from the brightest part of the scene, which will be the sky, and set the shutter speed; it’s better to underexpose the scene slightly, so you don’t clip highlights, and brighten areas at the editing stage. Make sure these settings stay the same for your sequence of shots.
3. Lock the focus
Pan the camera to the start position, and focus about a third into the scene; as you’re shooting at optimum apertures detail should now be sharp from front to back. To lock the focus set the lens to MF (manual focus), and turn off Image Stabilizer (IS) as you’re using a tripod and it could actually blur shots.
4. Fire away!
Turn on Live View, as this makes it easier to compose shots on a tripod, and start taking your shots. Leave a 40-50% overlap between each frame so that Elements can align and blend them effectively. We took 12 vertical shots. Shoot a few sets to make sure you’ve got all you need for the editing stage.
5. Launch Photomerge
Put your set of images in a folder, and open Photoshop Elements. Go to File > New > Photomerge Panorama. The Auto option will often produce perfectly good results, but if you want to fine-tune the layout of the images, choose the Interactive Layout option at the foot of the dialog. Select Browse and navigate to your start files. Highlight them all and click OK, then tick Blend Images Together and OK to start the stitching process.
6. Tweak the composition
If you choose Auto, Photomerge will align and blend the images, and display the panorama. If you choose Interactive, the images will be aligned, and the panorama will open in a new dialog; you can then tweak the layout by moving individual images. Click OK to blend the images. Click No when prompted to fill the edges – you’ll get better results by cropping, or by touching up edges with the Clone Stamp tool.
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