When you have a wonderful view, consider making a panorama! These panoramic photos were taken in Cuba overlooking Havana. I like the color and texture of the architecture and wanted to capture everything about the uniqueness of this area. Creating a panorama is easy. You may already have stitching software in your digital camera. There are also some fun apps for smart phones that create great panoramas such as 360 or You Gotta See This, which creates a multi-layered type panorama. For the digital photographer, it's easy to shoot a panorama that can be assembled by PhotoMerge in Photoshop, or Elements. Here's how you do it...
- Use a tripod, level the camera, remove polarizer, this makes it easier when merging to match the color in the sky.
- Choose aperture and shutter speed. Consistent aperture retains depth of field throughout the images.
- Choose a white balance setting, cloudy, daylight, etc. so that color temperature remains constant.
- Shoot in portrait orientation, vertical images overlapping by about 1/3. Shooting vertically allows for more sky, and extra room when the image is cropped.
- PhotoMerge - automatically stitches together panoramas for you. For long pano's, try choosing Cylindrical which helps with "bow-tie" type distortion that might occur.
- Experiment, have fun! Panoramas are easy for the anyone with a digital camera.