How to shoot Panorama without Tripod!!

June 19, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Hello Friends,

 

Today I am going to explain very basic panorama trick. Here is the shot I took recently (without tripod):

Final Panorama This was clicked it Reception ceremony hosted by Mr. Devrajbhai Chaudhary. (Nikon D800E camera with 24-120 f4 nikon lens)

 

We all have seen beautiful panoramas but often find ourselves in a very good location, good camera but without tripod. So follow these simple steps to have a reasonably good panorama:

  1. Place yourself in the middle of the scene. I mean not very close of the main subject.
  2. Make a mark on the ground and keep your camera exactly above that point so that horizontal position remains almost same in all photos.
  3. Keep the lens to its widest focal length. Say, 24 or 17 or even less. Take reading for the main subject, focus it, click one snap to confirm that all settings are fine. Now, keep the camera and focus on manual mode.
  4. Most important advice is keep the camera vertical. Yes, use it vertically, not horizontally.
  5. Now, hold your camera and start taking pictures. Try to keep the camera on same horizontal plan as much as possible and overlap the scene by 30% or more in each photo.
  6. Complete the whole 360 degree like this.

Ok, now its time for post production. I had clicked about 18-20 pics for the above image. When I combine them in photoshop using file>automate>photomerge, I got this result:

 

Photoshop Automation

After using basic functionality of photoshop, I got the desired effect.

 

If you want to try by yourself, you can download compressed versions of the original photos I clicked, by clicking here.

 

Feel free to ask any questions or comment below.


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