Panoramic Photography

There are times in architectural, aerial, and landscape photography, when the image will not fit in the field of view of the camera. Panoramic photography provides the capability to extend the horizontal view of the camera and maintain a normal perspective. A wide-angle lens is great for extending the horizontal edges, but tends to distort the center of the image and makes it look farther away. Panoramic photography, sometimes called wide format photography, is most recognizable by the elongated ratio of the height to the horizontal length of the image. A panorama should have at least a 1:2 ratio, however, a 1:3 or greater ratio is more common.

A panorama is a series of overlapping images (as shown below) that are aligned and “stitched” together in Photoshop. First, the camera is placed on a leveled tripod in a vertical (portrait) position on a sliding rail. The rail allows for sliding and positioning the end of the lens over the true rotation point on the tripod. This is called “finding the nodal”. Then, a series of images are taken starting on either the far right or far left and sequentially rotating the camera horizontally to overlap each subsequent image by 15-20%.

Panoramas provide a magnificent perspective of property and/or landscape and greatly enrich the marketing presentation of any clientele.

Final Panorama