Canon 600D, Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. Focal length 18mm, Exposure 1/50sec at f4.5 +2/3EV, ISO 100, Focus auto, VC on, Flash none, Filter none.
To make a panorama you need two or more photos of a scene. Before you take the photos you need to go through a little checklist:
- If you shoot with a tripod, turn off any image stabilizing your camera may have. IS typically does not function well when the camera is static.
- Dial in ISO100. Higher ISOs will introduce more noise.
- Switch your camera to aperture priority mode and dial in f8. Most lenses perform pretty well at f8.
- Now aim at the center of your intended panorama an press the shutter button half way to take a meter reading. If your focal point or key interest point is off center, rather take a meter reading off that.
- The meter reading will give you the required shutter speed to correctly expose the key part of the image.
- Set the camera to manual mode and dial in f8 and the shutter speed metered above.
- Turn your camera vertical so you shoot in portrait mode.
- Try to not to change your lens's zoom setting as this will distort the final image and make composing the panorama difficult.
- Keep the horizon on the same spot in the image as you pan left to right.
- Make sure you overlap images with out 30% so your software has good reference points for stitching images together.
Below in sequence are my three shots. I've shot in landscape mode because I wanted to exclude as much foreground as possible from the image. These images were passed to Adobe Photoshop CS5 and stitched into the final panorama.