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How To Create Action Panoramas - Tips on shooting and creating action panoramas.
- Camera with a built-in panorama function such as the Samsung NX200 will be a big help but you can do this technique without this feature.
- Tripod – Keeps your camera in the same position if not using a camera that had a built-in panorama mode.
- Editing software – Software such as Photoshop's needed to join your images together into the panoramic shape
Shoot something different to the normal panorama that's shown above.
TechniqueWe've all used panoramas to capture sweeping landscapes but have you ever thought about using the function to capture action? This could be a car, bike or even a person moving through your frame or you could take several shot of one subject in various poses and combine them together with editing software to create your action panorama. Instead of one static image, you get a series of images combined together in one shot that are more dynamic.
For those who don't own a camera with this feature it can be a bit harder to get your backgrounds to seamlessly merge together if they're not plain but with practise you can capture your moving subject, shooting them at various stages as they move through your frame then combine the shots during post production to make one long shot. It's even easier if your camera has a built-in multiple exposure setting but do watch out for the 'ghosting' you sometimes see when using the camera's multiple exposure option.
Indoors, you can use a similar technique to photograph a person who's changing their pose or facial expressions quickly. For this, switch to continuous shooting and fire of lots of shots that capture various expressions/poses. You need to make sure your camera is kept perfectly still as the slightest bit of movement will mean your photos don't line-up when editing them and if you're working with plain backgrounds auto white balance and focus should work fine but do take a test shot and check this just to make sure.
Once you have your images all you have to do is open up your editing software and combine them all together. Have a look at our Multiple Exposure Portraits tutorial for more tips on how to do this.
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