Panorama

How Do I Shoot A Great Panorama?

How Do I Shoot A Great Panorama?

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.

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Ultimate Ballhead Review

Ultimate Ballhead Review

Thanks to Acratech's high quality materials and innovative designs, I've been a huge fan of their ballheads for years.  I've owned and have been using the GV2 as my primary ballhead until just recently when I got a chance to test two of their latest, most popular ballheads: the Ultimate GP Ballhead and the award winning GP Ballhead.   With a few key improvements, I was very excited to give them both a try!

I'll be honest in saying that I didn't buy either of these ballheads.  As a loyal user of Acratech gear, they gave me the opportunity to review them and I was very happy to do so.  That said, I've been testing them both for a couple of months now and I'm including my honest opinions on them without restraint.  If there are areas where they did poorly, I won't be afraid to say so.

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Light Painting With An LED Light Panel

Light Painting With An LED Light Panel

A little while back, I decided to try an LED Light Panel in my night photography.  I'd seen a few mentions of people using them in night photography circles and when I saw night photography friend Royce Bair's comments about them in his e-book, I knew I had to give it a try.
    
Now that I've used it for a while both on my own and in the night photography workshops I teach together with Darren White, I've found it to be a great addition that allows us to do a few things we weren't previously able to do.  As a result, it's now a required part of my light painting toolkit.

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