Whenever possible (or if I remember), I will take a series of sweeping images of a place for panoramic stitching. Firstly, a panorama image presents a significantly better impression about a place as compared to a single wide angle image. Literally, you could bring back the entire three-dimensional space if you wish to with the right technique and software. Secondly, a stitched panorama image contains much higher resolution than a single image, hence offering more details.
Of course, panorama images are not meant to replace a good single shot image where composition and technical skills are key. However, if you are just too greedy and wanted to bring back everything you see, panoramas are probably a good, easy and fast option, to capture and tell a long story.
Don't forget to get a few panoramas during your next holiday.
- Always allow more overlapping from frame to frame.
- Watch out for differences in lighting condition across the entire sweeping angle. Go on manual exposure mode or lock your auto-exposure after determining the optimum exposure value.
- Try shooting vertical (portrait) from frame to frame. It would require more shots but would result in more details and less distortion issue during stitching.
- Avoid using super wide angle lens. I prefer maximum 24mm to minimise stitching issues.
- Avoid including objects that are too close to the camera, e.g. dustbin, railing.
|View from Ayre Hotel room. Ask for a room with the Sagrada view.
|On top of Montjuïc Castle.
|View of Barcelona from Montjuïc hill.
|Interior of the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van de Rohe.
|View of Barcelona from Tibidabo.