Panoramic photography - an intro

I’ve spent a couple of years tinkering with panoramic photography - not really sure why, but I think it has something to do with my frustration of the normal photographic frame to capture the image I remember.

My experimentation has earned me the nickname Dr Pano (thanks Michael!), and had led to me documenting my explorations in the prezi embedded below.

I started exploring with a hand-held compact camera, taking 3 or 4 shots, then stitching them into some great wide-angle images (capturing a couple of great shots on my Great Wall trek). Wanting to go bigger (deeper) I purchased a gigapan, and tinkered with that for a year or so, before I broke my compact camera and upgraded to a digital SLR (which wouldn’t fit on the early Gigapan I’d purchased.

More recently I’ve been going bigger in the other direction (wider) and have done a few full 360x180 panos - using both a monopod, and sometimes handheld. Unsatisfied with the limitations of hand-held panos, I’ve just recently acquired a Nodal Ninja 3 MkII, which I’ve just started getting to grips with…

Anyway… to cut a long story short - I’ve captured my explorations in the tutorial below. I recorded a few videos to explain topics that I couldn’t cover directly through the prezi - and these are embedded in the prezi itself; and also to the left here. Take a look, and let me know what you think, what I’ve missed, or how I might make the prezi better!