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Tips for Panoramic Photography

Can your camera do the sunset justice?

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You're standing on a mountaintop after a long hike, admiring a lovely sunset. The view is so gorgeous, you take a photo. But the camera just doesn't capture the expanse of what you're looking at. What you see is a panorama -- an unobstructed or complete view of the area in every direction. So why can't your camera see the same thing?

A panoramic photo can help you capture the entirety of the landscape or skyline in front of you. Think of it as a wide angle without the distortion. Some cameras come with a panoramic feature or helper. However, you can craft your own panoramic photos by taking several shots and then digitally "stitching" them together.

It might sound complicated, but it's a relatively simple thing to do. And, there are many software programs available to automate the task. In this article, however, we'll assume that you have access to photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop and a digital camera with a standard lens.

Learn how to take and make high-quality panoramic photos on the next five pages.

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