How To Shoot Panoramic Photos For Better Landscape Images

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Do you want to take your landscape photography to the next level? A panoramic photo, made from multiple shots merged together, can be far more impressive than a single photo taken with a wide-angle lens. You’ll get far less lens distortion, and the resulting photo size means you can get much larger prints from your panoramic photos. In this tutorial, you’ll discover how to shoot panoramic photos and how to merge these photos together to create the final panoramic image in Lightroom Classic CC or Lightroom 6.

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What Is A Panoramic Photo?

Panoramic photos are created by taking a series of overlapping photos of the scene and merging them together digitally using special software. But wait! Why not just take a single photo of the scene with a wide-angle lens? That’s a good question. There are many good reasons why you should shoot panoramic photos using multiple photos rather than a single wide-angle photo.

  • Your wide-angle lens may not be wide enough to capture the whole scene in a single shot
  • Photos taken with a wide-angle lens exhibit undesirable lens distortion
  • A panoramic image created from multiple photos is much larger than a single shot, and therefore can be printed at much larger sizes
  • A standard lens can be used instead of an expensive, specialist lens

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What Lens Should You Use?

Every lens has a “field of view,” which is how much of the scene gets captured, measured in degrees. A wide field of view (e.g. 100 degrees) scoops up much more of the scene than a smaller field of view (e.g. 50 degrees). A wide-angle lens is a popular choice for landscape photography, and these typically have a very wide field of view. While a wide-angle lens works well for capturing a landscape in a single shot, the amount of lens distortion produced means it’s not the first choice for panoramic photography.

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