It’s July and San Diego is baking in the heat of the summer’s first major heatwave – and as if that’s not enough, here’s the next monthly photo quest: Panoramas! 😀
Thanks to modern software and cameras, it’s easier than ever to capture stunning wide-format photos of grand vistas – even your phone does panoramas! Any photo is welcome of course, and here are some things to consider and/or watch out for:
Panorama Photo Tips
- Use sufficient overlap (at least 30%) so that your panorama stitching software (Lightroom, Photoshop, etc.) can easily detect elements in both frames and stitch them seamlessly
- Use a tripod and carefully level it
- If you’re shooting hand-held, keep the camera as level as possible (many modern cameras have built-in levels that can be activated in the viewfinder or live view, make sure to use these little helpers)
- Careful with parallax error on immediate foreground objects – avoid anything too close to your camera/lens, unless you have a panorama head and nodal slide
- Meter the brightest part of the scenery, switch your camera to manual mode and use these exposure settings for the entire panorama sequence
- Do NOT use a polarizing filter (the sky will be very unevenly polarized)
Photo Quest Rules
- No digging in the archives!
- Make a NEW photo between now and July 31st, 2018 (deadline 11:59pm)
- This is a members-only activity
- Current photo club members will receive a Dropbox file request via email
- One photo per member only, please – take your time and send your best picture!
- Ask questions and discuss in our Facebook group
We’re looking forward to your submissions!