Photography Tips: Shoot Panoramas with a Long Lens

Photography Tips: Shoot Panoramas with a Long Lens

Using a longer focal length lens when shooting a panoramic or panoramas for stitching together in Photoshop has some advantages over using a short lens and cropping it.

Using longer lenses add that ‘compressed perspective’ look to your images which holds hands with it’s best friend – composition. The possibilities are endless.

In this video I’ll show you how to shoot 7 images to be stitched together later using photoshop’s photomerge function – and we’ll come to that in part 2.

Mike Browne

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25 Comments

  1. Mike Browne
    April 23, 2015 at 5:06 am #

    Hi Everyone

    There are three great reasons to get into photo stitching. Photo stitching
    gives you the opportunity to make massive high resolution images which can
    be printed BIG, you can shoot as wide an angle as your heart could desire
    and Photo Stitching with a long lens gives the finished image a unique
    perspective which is un-achievable using a wide angle lens.

    But why would you want to use a long lens to shoot a panoramic image?

    * * *
    News
    Lanzarote workshops were awesome!

    A huge thanks to everyone who came over for the Lanzarote masterclass and
    workshop. It was a complete blast and despite 3 days of hazy sky everyone
    shot some interesting images. Actually it was a great opportunity to get a
    different look at the island. I mean – volcanoes in the fog?

    There’ll be another workshop in this stunning location and dates will be
    announced soon..

    Special thanks to Eden Burberry for inviting us and for all you put into
    making this cracking photo workshop happen.

    Best wishes

    Mike

  2. Saurons Auge
    April 23, 2015 at 5:16 am #

    Great tutorial, thanks a lot! The only confusing part is when you say that
    wide angle lenses expand perspective. As far as I know the composition
    doesn’t change at all if you stand on the same spot, as long as you cover
    the same angle, either by merging or cropping pictures. Please correct me
    if I’m wrong but I’d say if you took a wide angle shot from that tripod and
    cropped a bit more than just the top and bottom, you’d get exactly the same
    picture, in a lower resolution of course.

  3. happy hkv
    April 23, 2015 at 5:34 am #

    Panoramic photography tips.
    #photography #photographytips #photographytutorial #mikebrowne
    #learnphotography #panoramaphotography #panoramicphotography
    #landscapephotography 

  4. Mike Browne
    April 23, 2015 at 5:43 am #

    Hi Everyone

    There are three great reasons to get into photo stitching. Photo stitching
    gives you the opportunity to make massive high resolution images which can
    be printed BIG, you can shoot as wide an angle as your heart could desire
    and Photo Stitching with a long lens gives the finished image a unique
    perspective which is un-achievable using a wide angle lens.

    But why would you want to use a long lens to shoot a panoramic image?

    * * *
    News
    Lanzarote workshops were awesome!

    A huge thanks to everyone who came over for the Lanzarote masterclass and
    workshop. It was a complete blast and despite 3 days of hazy sky everyone
    shot some interesting images. Actually it was a great opportunity to get a
    different look at the island. I mean – volcanoes in the fog?

    There’ll be another workshop in this stunning location and dates will be
    announced soon..

    Special thanks to Eden Burberry for inviting us and for all you put into
    making this cracking photo workshop happen.

    Best wishes

    Mike

  5. tuhc
    April 23, 2015 at 6:03 am #

    Hi Mike, thanks for a great video! I always thought wide was the only way
    to go but this is a way better option, can’t wait to try this on my
    70-200mm we have some awesome landscapes in Australia. Thanks again. Jake.

  6. João Maria Vasconcelos Fontes de Barros Taveira
    April 23, 2015 at 6:31 am #

    What about part 2?

  7. Tadas
    April 23, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    you make one of the best tutorials in the whole youtube

  8. Stefan Mladenov
    April 23, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    Great video Mike. I am in doubt which lenses to get for my 70D:
    1. Canon 400mm f5,6 + 1,4TC
    2 Canon 100-400 f5,6 +1,4TC
    or
    3 Canon 300m f4+1,4/2 TC
    Tnx in advance for any advice

  9. Terry El Tel 63
    April 23, 2015 at 7:40 am #

    I’ve been doing a lot of pan/stitch shots recently but never thought to use
    my 70-200mm, thanks for the tutorial Mike.

  10. Greg R
    April 23, 2015 at 7:44 am #

    now THIS is a GREAT long tutorial! probably Mike’s best so far – lots of
    detail and a nice ‘advanced’ topic. more like this, Mike!!!

  11. falconrosephoto
    April 23, 2015 at 7:53 am #

    Great video, Mike. I think I should pull out my 70-200 VRII and go out and
    shoot some panos. Didn’t think about that this winter or I would have
    during our last snowfall. 

  12. matthew Cardinal
    April 23, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    A great video, with the sony NEX cameras it will take a hundred shots and
    stitch them together in camera hand held but only a jpeg, so you would have
    to get it right in camera. And it is automatic

  13. David Croft
    April 23, 2015 at 9:12 am #

    To me, you are the perfect tutor, you explain things so clearly which makes
    them so easy to understand. Well done and thank you.

  14. TheSamoloot
    April 23, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    Yet another great tutorial! I love the way you teach. Its so simple and
    easy to understand. You get straight to the point and you speak clearly and
    nicely.
    I love all of your videos.
    Keep ’em up.

  15. solidgoldstan
    April 23, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    Every time i watch one of your vids i learn something new that you would
    struggle to find on other utube channels.great work keep em coming mike.

  16. lamarcy
    April 23, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    Nice video. Hard for a beginner to do though.
    Thanks for your time

  17. IXcerberusXI
    April 23, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Just caught up! I just finished watching every video on your channel (I
    think). Can I assume you’ll release a video showing how to stitch those
    photos together? Love the channel btw, I’ve learned so much already, I’m
    sure to have a great head start when I begin classes. 

  18. cavalrycome
    April 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

    I’m always reluctant to change the focus during a panorama in case it
    causes problems with stitching.

  19. trope584
    April 23, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    Where is part two?
    From big fan.

  20. Sean Story
    April 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    You are, my friend!!! a natural born teacher!!! 

  21. Avi Mirski
    April 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    How do you Brits say?… Brilliant. Your tutorials are so easy to
    understand. You take complicated subjects and make them simple. Excellent
    tutorial.

  22. Mathias
    April 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    My new 2.8 tele lens will arrive tomorrow (I hope), this is something I
    wanted to try with it! So great timing there Mike, thanks!^^
    Bokeh panoramas are also something I want to get into.

  23. richard hunt
    April 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    mike i follow you as you are a great teacher, my question being is what
    flash should i buy for my cannon 40d , i need a decent one as i don’t want
    to waste my money , can you help or advice, thanks

  24. Brad Weeks
    April 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    Great video nice to see some one in a real situation. 

  25. Indy Pindy
    April 23, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Very cool.
    Cant wait to see part 2.