8 tips for photographing panoramas

Stitching software makes creating big, detailed panoramas from a series of photos easy. Here's how to shoot for the best results.

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7. Overshoot and Crop the Edges

Because your panorama stitching program creates a wide-angle image from a series of photos, the edges of your resulting panorama will curve in a way that makes cropping the photo into a nice, even rectangle difficult. You'll also get variations in the top and bottom edges of your photos. This panorama, for example, is composed of ten individual shots, in two rows. I'd have to crop away quite a bit to produce a neat rectangle. Keep this in mind, and always shoot more of the scene than you think you'll want in the final panorama.

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