I'm currently experimenting with mountain/countryside panoramas, using a Sigma 105mm f/2.5 DG macro HSM lens adapted to my EOS-M5. Here's my set of basic rules for making a set of photos to be stitched together:
- Fully manual exposure (ISO, Aperture, Exposure time)
- As small an aperture as is practical
- Autofocus turned off, and focus fixed for the whole set
- As far as possible, focus on something at the hyperfocal distance
- Image stabilisation off
- Remote control for the shutter
- Carefully levelled tripod with appropriate head (I use a Manfrotto 3-way geared head)
- Shoot in portrait orientation (long axis vertical)
- 50% - 66% overlap between adjacent frames
- Current stitching software: MS Image Composite Editor
Now, my questions are:
- What am I missing, if anything?
- What am I doing wrong, if anything?
- Beyond the general arguments between RAW anf JPEG, are there any specific considerations for one or the other in relation to panoramas?