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.

5. Take It Outside



In shooting a panorama, you can encounter problems with parallax: When you take a photo and turn slightly to capture the next part of the scene, objects close to the lens appear to shift in relation to objects in the background.

Check out this panorama that I took of an indoor scene--it looks as if I've captured ghost furniture. What's going on? The post and chair appear to have moved left to right compared to the background, as I rotated the camera. That's parallax, and I don't know any way to avoid it. The lesson here is that the best panoramas aren't taken indoors, and they don't have prominent objects in the foreground.

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