How to take panoramic photos

First of all, you need a camera. Virtually any digital camera will do, although some with 'stitch assist' mode make it easier: we mostly use Canon cameras, most of which have this feature. For best results you need a tripod or (easier) a monopod. That said, you can still take great panoramas by resting the camera on a steady surface such as a wall. It's even possibly to take it free-hand, although you'll need steady hands and results might not be as good. Just hold the camera close to your body and try to turn 'around' it, keeping the camera in roughly the same spot as you move.

You want to position the camera in portrait view: i.e. with the camera on its side. Most tripods have adjustable heads that let you do this. Best of all is a special panoramic attachment that lets you position that camera on its side on top of the tripod. You can buy excellent, purpose-made ones (click the images below for some examples) or you can build one yourself if you'd like the cheaper option and have some woodworking skills.

Once you have the camera on your tripod, you're ready to take pictures. Make sure the camera is level, and not angled up or down. Choose a point for your first shot. Ideally, this should not be directly into the sun or into an unusually dark area. Remember where you start, so that you know when you've taken a full circle. Now, take your pics. You need to take them so that there is some overlap between each one. Ideally this should be around 20% of the image, but it's not vital. Keep taking the pictures until you're done. If you're doing a full 360°, this will be around 15-20 pictures on most cameras, depending on your overlap. Once you've finished, you're ready to stitch your photos into a panorama. Just upload them to your computer and open them in the CleVR Stitcher.

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