How to Shoot and Stitch a Panorama Photo

Sometimes a landscape vista is just too large for one frame or lens to capture. Sometimes you want to capture the scene with more megapixels. When you find yourself in these situations you need to learn how to shoot and stitch a panorama photo.  Literally named because you are “panning” through the vista.

So what exactly is a panorama photo, or panoramic photo?  Some call it a wide format photo, some call it a photo with a wide field of view.  Either way, it usually shows a HUGE area, and it needs to be stitched together with software.  Can you imagine printing a pano from film?

Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. The term has also been applied to a photograph that is cropped to a relatively wide aspect ratio. While there is no formal division between “wide-angle” and “panoramic” photography, “wide-angle” normally refers to a type of lens, but using this lens type does not necessarily make an image a panorama.

Photographing The Florida Botanical Gardens

Photographers will love photographing the Florida Botanical Gardens almost any month of the year. There are a multitude of gardens leading one to another with walking and sitting spaces all along the journey. I photographed these images in early February while preparing for my Florida Botanical Gardens Photo Tour/Workshop. This is a perfect workshop for all levels of photographer. It is great for beginners who are just learning how to expose images and compose and just as nice for more advanced photographers who are working to add beautiful flora images to their portfolio. The big plus is that it’s totally interactive. I work with each photographer in the field, and when we are done shooting, we’ll go back the Beach Art Center to cover photo editing, cropping and prep for presentation.