Ever stood in a place where everywhere you look leaves you in awe? It is very possible that this happened to you and the first time you did was to reach out for your camera and took photographs of the amazing views. Nature can be so generous of giving you amazing photos. But, do you know that you can always do better with vertical panoramic photography? You heard it right.
What is Vertical Panoramic Photography?
When people talk of panoramic photography, they will automatically picture traditional landscape and skyline. Vertical panoramic photography adds an interesting twist to a very common theme. It is that type where photographers lead the audience eyes into the frame by way of striking elements at the center of the picture.
It gives you a new shooting scope and is highly recommended for taking snaps of waterfalls, trees, skyscrapers, churches’ interiors and windmills. Anything sleek, tall and slender can be extra breathtaking with vertical panoramic photography.
Creating Vertical Panoramas
Vertical panoramic photography is a whole new kind of fun. Fitting redwoods, skyscrapers, massive monuments and Ferris’ wheel into one epic frame is such a feat.
The easiest way to having a vertical panorama is cropping. One shot is all that it takes. But, the downside of this technique is that it is unsuitable for large-scale printing. Resolution decreases when you crop photos.
Stitching is the most utilized method in vertical panoramic photography. You take several overlapping shots of the scene. Once you have shots ready, you choose your exposures and stitch them together using your preferred program such as Photoshop and AutoStitch. Take note that not all software works well with vertical panoramas. When you get weird looking finishes, try to rotate the source image before stitching.
Overcoming Challenges with Vertical Panoramic Photography
Challenges of vertical panoramic photography include capturing the entirety of image, putting it in a frame and stitching images together. Advanced technology has made vertical panoramic photography a lot easier compared to years ago. However, not everything can be accomplished by few mouse clicks. Almost 99% of the work is accomplished during the actual shoot.
The ultra-sharp lens of new models of DSLR can capture perfect photos. But, what if you don’t have that technology readily available?
- Configure your tripod in such a way that you can easily pan in one weeping direction, instead of adjusting the ballhead every single time.
- Compose overlaps as much as you can. This will give you more options when you go to the stitching part.
- Pick your exposure carefully and make sure that you highlight a part that will not make other scenes go dark.
- Pick your focus distance and aperture carefully to exploit your depth of field.
Different textural compositions of the scene combine to breathe life in the image, which somewhat invites the viewer to walk into the scene and appreciate the landscape. From the pre-production, stitching and post-production, vertical panoramic photography may take some time. But just like any other masterpiece, it is sure is worth it when you get there – the finish product.