Here are a few guidelines for taking good pictures for use in a panorama.
- It's important to have a single point of reference for the set. Don't walk around between photos.
- Try to keep the lighting consistent. Don't turn the flash on for some pictures and off for others, or turn off lights in the room. So if you make your first exposure at f/8 and 1/125 of a second, take them all using those settings. Yes, you will have to put your camera into manual mode. Otherwise, you run the risk of having radically different exposures for your images. For example, if you're panning over a landscape that contains water, like a lake, any sunlight reflected off the water may make your camera take a shorter exposure than for the other frames in your sequence. Setting your camera to manual mode will prevent that.
- Keep the camera steady. Nothing disappoints you like finishing a merge and realizing that the second picture was blurry.
- Keep the camera steady. If you tilt the camera too much between shots, it's hard to match up the pictures. Consider using a tripod or a monopod!
Whenever you focus your lens there will be an area that is in focus and areas that are out of focus. The in focus area is referred to as the "focal plane".
The import thing here is that 1/3rd of the focal plane is ahead of the thing you're focused on and 2/3rds of the focal plane falls behind what you're focused on.
Focus your lens at infinity and the leading edge of the area that is in focus is the hyperfocal point for that lens.
Focus on that point instead of infinity and you'll have the greatest range of focus from infinity back toward your location.
And now how do I find that point? Well, you can use these charts to simply look them up:
Canon EOS 1Ds MarkII, EOS 1Ds, EOS 5D
Canon EOS 1D MarkII N, EOS 1D MarkII, EOS 1D
EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS 10D, EOS 350D, EOS 300D
Nikon D1H, D1X, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D50, D70, D70s, D100, D200
These tables are compiled and courtesy of James Tyson. Do visit his website
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