While our workshops primarily focus on night photography, we get a lot of questions about how to capture a good panoramic sequence. This may be because it's a common technique for reducing noise or because it's a great way to capture a scene with the Milky Way arcing across the sky but regardless we wanted to share some of our favorite techniques for capturing a great panorama.
Which Lens Should I Use?
A lot of this decision is left up to the artist and his/her vision for a photograph but we recommend anything from a 14mm to an 85mm focal length. Generally speaking, a longer focal length (35mm or 50mm) will mean more images in the sequence which will result in better quality in the final results. A shorter focal length (14mm or 20mm) will result in more distortion which may make the frames more difficult to stitch together but it will need fewer images in the sequence. I generally recommend something in the 24mm to 50mm range because it gives good quality without having to capture a crazy number of frames… but again, this decision needs to consider the subject we're trying to capture.