How to shoot better Panoramas

  1. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 11, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Aug 11, 2018 :
    Welcome to today's “How to”...


    There´s a lot of complains out there about the panorama mode.
    I wont continue the discussion here on why.
    I'm going to show you how almost every Panorama will turn out perfectly even without a tripod and with any camera what so ever....

    What do we need...?

    A program to stitch the photos we're about to shoot. Bimostitch for Android or Lightroom like software on PC...
    I'll be using the OnePlus stock camera and Camera FV-5...

    How to shoot...?

    We'll start the easiest way "all auto".
    Just make sure HDR is turned off or use pro-mode "all auto" and landscape orientation for better stability.
    Start with the first photo. Left or right doesn't matter, the stitching software will find the direction.
    Begin a bit out of the frame you want to capture because most likely the edges will be cropped.
    Now continue to the right (or left) with the next photo. Make sure it's minimum 50% overlapping the previous one. Look for a landmarks for orientation and stay as straight and constant in your movement as possible.
    Repeat till you reach the opposite edge of your planned panorama.
    Shoot one more cause of cropping. ;)

    Now that's a lot of pics... :eek:

    Session example.jpg

    Tip: If you're shooting multiple Panos take a picture of hand in-between to better tell the sessions apart in gallery.

    You might notice that during the shoot I moved the camera a bit downwards and towards the end perspective distortion increases. Did this one almost hanging out of the window. :confused:
    But this won´t be a problem at all cause I kept a constant line...

    So let's get to work...

    In Bimostitch select and load all the files of the panorama session by long tab.

    After a few seconds there´s gonna be a preview. Hit Finish and the processing begins. After the app is done you will find the Panorama in the gallery to share it.
    As you can see in the title picture the software took care of perspective distortion, alignment and ghosting.

    You can also shoot in portrait orientation like this one.
    The dubble Rainbow just wouldn't fit in landscape. :(

    OP3 / Stock Camera App / Orig. 6872x3227 / resize 2716x1440

    This time really try to stay straight! Because of the short edge in horizontal direction there´s less room to deal with perspective distortion or camera movement.
    Can you spot the error in alignment? o_O
    Guess I was a bit shaky after all. :D

    In Lightroom you can see what's happening behind the scenes.
    This is what the stitch looks like before the crop.

    Screenshot Lightroom.jpg

    Almost forgot to mention that the Panorama you just created is a monster. Even though cropping the resolution can be way over 20 MP and the file size JPG > 20 MB or RAW > 100 MB.

    So before posting here it has to be compressed and resized with Apps like YaImCo or in Lightroom while exporting.
    The short edge shouldn't be larger than about 2800 pixel and remember the 2MB limit.;)

    Thanks @hennes for the advise about resolution and for creating YaImCo...!

    Reaching the End

    If you get used shooting Panoramas like that try some manual settings with fixed ISO, Focus or White Balance and RAW to get better results.
    Even HDR Panoramas are possible. But I´d recommend to use a tripod with a Pano-head and non-moving objects in the scene.
    There´s way more to cover about Panorama stitching. This short tutorial is just meant to get you going. There`s a lot of better in-depth ones out on the Web for further information.

    Thanks for reading.
    Comments are welcome...!

    and now...

    Go out there and stitch some pics...! o_O:D
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2018

  2. NeVeR_SeTTLe
    The Lab - OnePlus 6 Reviewer Aug 12, 2018

    NeVeR_SeTTLe , Aug 12, 2018 :
    Great detailed explanation and guide :) Another great work by the famous Bouncer :D
    This is like focus stacking ;) You take couple of pics with different focus and then stack together with a program for better quality results :D
    Thank you Bouncer :D

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  3. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 12, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Aug 12, 2018 :
    Thanks a lot man...!!
    Famous..? Not really...;)
    Now I'm blushing..:oops:

    How do you know.....???:eek:

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  4. NeVeR_SeTTLe
    The Lab - OnePlus 6 Reviewer Aug 12, 2018

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  5. buntycubal
    User of the Year 2017 Aug 12, 2018

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  6. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 12, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Aug 12, 2018 :
    and I'm glad that you like it.. 8D
    thank you so much...!
    allso for the wishes..!!! 8D

    I could learn a lot from you if you'd do a tutorial about the creative editing process and those awesome patterns of yours... ;D

    honestly... I have no clue...

    all the best...! 8)

    Hope you don´t mind that I just copypasta´ed my reply form the other thread... ;D

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  7. TibiTibi
    Photography Expert Aug 14, 2018

    TibiTibi , Aug 14, 2018 :
    Nice and simple :cool::cool::cool:
    Thank you.

    My additions:
    1. I allways choose portrait orientation for shooting horizontal panoramas for better resolution.
    2. Holding and rotating the camera around a fixed point could help to lower distorsion - if no tripod. Many times I see people with straight hand and turning with whole hand or body or both.
    3. I dont shoot many panoramas. ( too lazy for stitching :))
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2018

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  8. TibiTibi
    Photography Expert Aug 14, 2018

    TibiTibi , Aug 14, 2018 :
    This is my experimental use of panorama :D

    And I also like this kind of panorama (found on internet)


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  9. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 14, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Aug 14, 2018 :
    Thank you a lot...! 8D

    Most probably the better way...! 8D
    Although I'm personally not following it...
    Most of my panos are in horizontal orientation. I think I'm just used to shoot that way and only go portrait if the scene doesn't fit the screen...

    I am one of those people when I use the phone... LOL 8D
    Thanks for the advice...!
    With camera and the eye on the viewfinder I just turn my head... ;)
    I shoot em all the time...
    Mostly for the cover of photo albums or some quick overview... ;D


  10. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 14, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Aug 14, 2018 :
    That's a cool over head pano... 8D
    Inception like...
    That's wicked...!
    Thanks for sharing that find...8D

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  11. script
    Nougat Moderator Aug 15, 2018

    script , Aug 15, 2018 :
    Another pearl by @Bouncer71 , thank you very much. Great work!

    Usually I don't take panoramas, and if, I use the Google cam app. Just 2 ct's of a lazy bum

  12. akshayr723
    Honeycomb Aug 15, 2018

    akshayr723 , Aug 15, 2018 :
    AWESOME Thread . Well detailed explanation. I am a photographer too. But learned something new. Thanks! Keep up the good work and keep posting more threads like this.

  13. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 15, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Aug 15, 2018 :
    Thanks mate... !
    Very much appreciated...! 8D
    Speaking of lazy...
    I´m 2 years and 4 Trip-albums behind... ;D
    I peronally don´t like the panorama modes. To me it´s quicker shooting 3 -7 pics in a row than trying to follow the guidance on the screen...
    But hey...
    What ever you´re comfortable with...! ;D

    Thanks a lot...! 8D
    Nice to hear..!
    You´re welcome and I´ll try to my very best...!

    I learn new stuff about Photography almost every day, especially about Smartphone Photography...
    Never really considered my phones more than snapshot cameras. But all them enthusiasic fellows aroud here proofed me wrong. (no Tag-fest, Guys and Gals you know I mean YOU ;D )
    Got out of my comfort zone and realized that it´s just a camera with shortcommings I would have to deal with..
    Just like every other camera I ever bought...

    Like the Casio QV-4000, 4.4 MP, from 2003 with Panoramic guidance and stitching software... ;D
    This was my first ever Panorama from a trip to Athens/Greece/2003...

    I guess those tutorials are my way of saying THANK YOU for waking me up, to think out of the box and for expanding my horizon, and to give something back to the beautiful Users of this very special Community forum...

  14. Mjo
    Marshmallow Aug 15, 2018

  15. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 15, 2018

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  16. TibiTibi
    Photography Expert Aug 15, 2018

    TibiTibi , Aug 15, 2018 :
    Theeeeese are reeeaaaaallly nice.

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  17. TibiTibi
    Photography Expert Aug 21, 2018

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  18. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 21, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Aug 21, 2018 :
    I'd probably lock AE/AF on the left not to blow out the highlights...
    meaning a bit underexposed as you like it too... ;D
    Unless you want it to to look like blinded by the light... ;D

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  19. Star Lod
    Cupcake Jun 5, 2019

    Star Lod , Jun 5, 2019 :
    Hey guys..... I have been encountering this problem, since last update on my OP6 9.0.6 ..... when ever we take paranoma there is some green patch on the image.... Plz provide me with some solution...

  20. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Jun 5, 2019

    Bouncer71 , Jun 5, 2019 :
    Could you show a sample...?
    Maybe it's just lens flare...?