The most common question is: “How do you do it”? These are a series of images. If you look carefully, sometimes you will see the same person in different parts of the same shot. That is certainly not my intent. Sometimes it appears that no one is there at all. This is almost never the case. If you are patient, you can often get a shot without people. Then move to the next position and wait again. Most of the images on this site use 12 pictures. It took a lot of patience, but was well worth it for the results.
The next question is: “What do I need”? A digital camera and software is all you need. I started with the free software that came with my Canon camera. Since then I have added a tripod and a panorama head. There are some really nice expensive panorama heads on the market, but I found one that I really like for $25. You can find it at Lenspen.com. It’s cheap, works great, and is easy to use. Maybe it does not have everything the “big boys” do, but you will not find a better deal for $25.
Then there’s the software. I used the “free” stuff for a long time, but was never 100% satisfied with it. Finally I found Panorama Factory. They have a really great piece of software for under $70. There is also a batch version that for which I wrote a free wizard utility. This version is more, but well worth it if you are doing a lot of images.
There are several types of Panoramas:
- Partial Pan
- 360 degrees
- even ones that combine 360 plus vertical.
I mostly take 360 degree shots, but you may see some of the other types pop up occasionally. (See Big Sur, CA for an example of a vertical shot!)