Great! So your camera is set to manual mode, you’re holding the camera in a portrait orientation and now its time to shoot away! I usually start from the left hand side of my scene and I include part of the scene on the extreme left of my scene that I most likely won’t use in the final panoramic image. The reason for this is that I have extra cropping room in the post processing stage.
I shoot from left to right and shoot as many frames as I think I need, remembering to have enough overlap in each image so that Photoshop can stitch it together. I usually look for an object in the frame, whether it is a tree, a house or a specific shape and use that to guide me between shots. For example, if there is a distinct tree on the right edge of my frame in my first shot, I will make sure I can see that same tree on the left side of my frame in the next shot. I continue using this method until I have taken all my shots of the whole scene, including a final shot to the extreme right of my scene (I will most likely crop most of it out) as I did with the extreme left hand side of my scene.
I’ll review the sequence of images on the back of my camera to make sure that I’m happy with the general exposure across all the images. You may need to make adjustments and re-shoot the sequence if the exposure is off. Once you have your images, it’s off to Photoshop!
Here is a real example of an image I shot in Sea Point, Cape Town in 2014, using the exact same method as described above. I’m going to show you how I put it together.