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How to Take Panoramic Photographs

Remember the breath-taking view that you saw from the edge of the cliff on your last visit to the mountains? How much you had wanted to capture that, but your digital camera would only click a small part of it that was not even close to the real thing.

Panoramic photography is meant for a similar situation, where you would want to join together different photographs to create an effect close to the real thing or even a tad better. A panoramic photo not only captures the view in front of you, but also the peripheral areas.

Alpine Lake smA panoramic photograph can be taller or wider than a normal picture and can be created by stitching together different images above or on sides of each other.

Although, a number of modern cameras have in-built panorama feature, most of such pictures are created in the traditional way by sticking together different photos with the help of computer software.

While taking pictures that will be used to create a panoramic image, remember to tilt your camera a little after every shot to overlap atleast 25% of the area from the previous image. If possible, place a noticeable item in the overlapping area of the pictures for easy covering.

Camera mounted on a tripod is highly advisable as it will help keep the camera stable and at the same height throughout the process. If you do not have a tripod, you can still take the photo by keeping your body at the same level as you rotate. Remember to shoot a number of images and choose the best while creating a panoramic photo.

Avoid taking pictures of areas with too much movement such as a tree swaying in the breeze or a flock of birds flying over a wide area.

Give your image the desired depth by using changes in light to your advantage. Avoid clicking pictures when the sun is at its brightest.

Capture each image with the same camera exposure and other settings to avoid visible differences. Using filters is also a good option to modify colour and lighting.

To create a panoramic photo, you will need to download pictures from your digital camera onto your computer. It is better to take photographs at high resolution, which will allow you to have more control over the final output. Use a photo editing software to join the photographs by placing one over the other and the save the resulting image.

Tip: The most important thing to remember while creating a panoramic photograph is that you are using a photograph to display the abundant bounties of Mother Nature and should do it in a way that onlookers should admire and want to discover the hidden details in the picture.

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Mark Phillips works from Blue Horizon printing, based in Sydney, they are specialists in printing photos on canvas and selling a massive variety of canvas prints. Visit them at www.bluehorizonprinting.com.au or call on 1300 632 332 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1300 632 332 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

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