14. Shooting panoramics

In this photography class Karl shows you how to create a 180 degree view panoramic photo from a series of stitched images.

Many cameras nowadays have built in panorama features, but if you want to capture high detail, doing it manually can give the best results. In this class you’ll learn how to frame your image, avoid unwanted distortion and minimise blur as Karl shares his top tips for taking panoramic images.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • How to shoot panoramic photos
  • How to avoid distortion
  • Image overlap for panorama photos

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. Hi Karl. I’ve noticed that there were some video displays on the shot. Since these have moving images on them, how did you dealt with the stitching on top of those images? Thanks.

    1. Hi Dagrial, I didn’t worry about it, Photoshop stitched the image and that’s what came out. In fact you can see on the Bank of America sign that it has changed colour half way through the exposure.

      1. Thank you very much for your answer Karl. Yes, after seeing the next video I saw how Photoshop managed to stitch the photographs, very clever, I though it did it in a parallel way but it doesn’t. Also, I’ve noticed that when you have such a busy scene like this one with people moving all over the place it is very easy to have duplicated people on the shot, not only the one you erased. You must have had to do quite a few photoshop retouches to the final image. Cheers!

        1. Hi, yes people moving can definitely be more of a problem in a shot like this. It’s a great and simple technique for landscape and cityscapes though.

  2. Karl do you tend to use the polariser as a 2 stop filter or just to give a contrast boost in such a colourful scene? Seems a twilight photo shoot so how does this affect the polarising effect with little sunlight?

    1. Hi Chris, mostly for a contrast boost on a shot like this and it can also be interesting how it interacts with artificial light from the display signs.

  3. Wish I would have watched this last night. Got up @4:30 AM to drive to my hometown and take a Pan. Shot of an old mill damn. Only overlapped my bracketed images by 10%. Had to stitch images manually in PS cs2.

    How critical is tripod head level in shooting Pan’s? I humped a huge old video tripod to utilize ball mount to make sure head was perfectly level.

    1. Hi Donovan, the 30% overlap is more important but setting up the camera level does help but I’ve done good Panos hand held!

  4. Interesting as I go through these videos how much you use the polariser. Almost seems like a standard piece of kit, used more often than not.

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