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Panoramic photo tips

Panorama photography - how to photograph a landscape?

large panoramas, light in the foreground

To photograph panoramic landscapes, endeavour to capture some of the foreground in light, not just the distance.

When taking a panoramic picture of a stunning view in the distance, beautifully lit by sunlight, it is sometimes easy to forget what is contained within the foreground of the picture. You may be standing on a hillside with majestic mountains stretching out before you. As you take a photo of the hills and vales beyond, you fail to notice that much of the foreground is in shadow, not lit by the sun.
You can be so enraptured by the breathtaking view as you raise your iphone or smart phone to capture the moment, that a third of the photo or more is actually in darkness. When viewed on your phone or camera, the dark area is not obvious. Sometimes this means that there is no detail and often an overpowering black area in the lower portion of your panorama when it is turned into a large panoramic print. Simply slightly adjusting the angle of your camera can easily solve this issue and give you a better result. However, not to worry, with panoramic photo prints, we always endeavour to ensure that any details are visible and will lighten the foreground area of your image if necessary.

What is backlighting in photography?

Backlighting is one of the most frequent issues with panoramic photography that contain subjects in the composition.

This is especially true with stunning sunsets but is also often evident in full sunlight. In photographic terms its referred to as ‘backlighting’.
In simple terms, this means that more light is coming from behind your subjects than from the front. As the camera adjusts its settings for the photograph, influenced by the stronger light in the background, the faces of people or main objects are left in darkness. This can sometimes be used for beautiful effects such as silhouettes on the seashore in the sunset, however it is not always desirable.
What is backlighting?
Backlighting is often not necessarily obvious when you compose a photograph. You place your subjects in front of a lovely sunny view or a vibrant orange sunset. Your eyes automatically adjust to the light and shade of the picture. To your personal perception, the faces or main objects are perfectly lit. However, when it comes to printing out a large panorama, suddenly the faces are in complete darkness and barely recognizable. There are a few possible methods of combating this effect when composing your photo. As you raise your iPhone, smart phone or camera to view, take a quick look at the subjects you wish to be visible, not just the overall composition. You may be shocked to discover that they are just dark blobs, even in brilliant sunlight.
A simple solution is to play a little with the positioning of your camera or your subjects, perhaps taking a few panoramic photos from slightly different angles so you can choose which one works best. Another method is to use your flash. Some cameras allow you to use a flash by personal choice, not just automatically. It seems daft to use a flash in broad daylight but this is a method used by many professional photographers. Your flash will highlight the faces of your subjects, making them more visible against a bright sunny backdrop. However, not all is lost if you haven’t followed these hints - remember we are here to help. When we print panoramic photos, we will often lighten just the faces in order to get the best result from images with family and friends.

We always do our best to ensure that your wonderful memories become stunning, high quality panoramic photo prints.


How do I know if my panoramic photo is level?

panoramic prints horizon

Panoramic photos with sea and sky are the most vulnerable images for capturing a well placed view, so always check the line of the horizon.

It sounds silly, but something that is difficult to see when you are busy photographing a view, is often the levelness of the horizon. This is often the case regardless of whether you are taking a picture with or without subjects; it is amazingly easy to hold your iPhone, smart phone or camera slightly askew without even noticing. With mountains and hillsides, this is not of any particular importance, so long as the overall view is attractive.
When taking a view with sea in the background, the horizon level becomes very evident in your final panorama. With panoramic photo prints, even a small amount of tilt becomes evident when viewing from one end to the other. That’s not to say that you need to use a spirit level, or go to the extremes of a tripod! Simply take a moment to view the sea in the background, checking to ensure that the line where the sky meets the sea is as level as possible, perfection is not necessary, just a little adjustment to ensure your panoramic poster will be the best it can be. Whatever your image, at Poster Print, we will always ensure that your prints are the best they can be!

What is the best way to compose panoramic photos?

panoramic composition

Panoramic photos that capture a sense of width and depth are normally the most visually stunning when printed.

Composition is the most basic concept for all photography, regardless of whether you are taking a beautiful panorama or a standard photo, so it seems redundant to even mention it. However, a small adjustment can make a massive difference to the final image.
One technique is to include some photographic definition in the foreground such as the branches of a tree or an object, creating additional depth within the image. Another method is to look at the complete breadth and height of the landscape, moving your camera or phone from left to right, top to bottom. As you view the result, ensure that you have captured the most interesting view, perhaps introducing a unique aspect to your photograph. Taking that extra moment can create a panoramic poster that will become a beautiful enhancement to your home when hung.

Never fear, today’s digital devices take amazingpanoramic pictures for print.

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