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Chapter 12. Building with Panoramic Images > Acquiring Panoramic Photos

Acquiring Panoramic Photos

Creating a panoramic photo requires multiple exposures. Ideally, those photos will be taken from a stationary position and be evenly distributed across an arc or circle as you pan the camera. Pulling this off takes the right gear and the right techniques.

Essential Gear

There are dedicated panoramic rigs that position the camera so it is suspended above the tripod (so it floats over its nodal point). They are designed to minimize distortion and keep the camera precisely rotated. These rigs are quite useful, but are not cheap. Although they are nice to have, we find that Photoshop can easily correct for many of these issues and the highly specialized gear is not needed.


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