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Get Creative With Panoramas - Here are some creative ideas to get you thinking differently about panoramas.

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Even though panoramas, like the one above, are great, there are a few ways you can get more creative with them. Here we have five ideas for shooting creative panoramas but if you have any more, please feel-free to add them in the comments.

People Panoramas

Vertical Panorama

If you're out with a group of friends or at a social gathering, a panorama is an interesting way of capturing a group portrait. Whether it be at a picnic, or just a get together at someone's house, a panorama is a unique way to include everyone in a photo with ease. Try using different poses and expressions to create a shot which is more dynamic and fun. Many cameras, such as Nikon's P520, now have panorama modes built in where you often have to just hold the shutter button while panning the camera around to take your shot, making it easier to produce good panoramas. Plus, small compacts can be slipped into pockets and bags, meaning they won't take up too much room when you're out.

Vertical Panoramas

Vertical panoramas can be used to give vertical objects more presence. They are great for when you're capturing tall trees and buildings, as they give you a real sense of height and grandeur. It is also ideal for capturing waterfalls, wind turbines and windmills. For more tips on shooting vertical panoramas, have a look at this article: Basic Tips On Shooting Vertical Panoramas

360 Degree Panoramas

For something more quirky, try shooting a 360 degree panorama. You can buy gadgets that do this or some cameras, such as the Nikon Coolpix P520, have 360°/180° panorama modes built in. Don't worry if your camera doesn't have a 360 degree panorama setting, as you can stitch several panoramas together to create a similar look. Take a look at our stitching tutorial for more information.

Seasonal Panoramas

These work really well in woodland where the changing of the seasons is really visible. Try taking four different panoramas: one in the summer, autumn, winter and spring, in the same location. It will take you a year to get all your images, but once you have them, you will be able to combine them to create a really stunning image showing the changing of the seasons that will be fit for any wall.

'Following An Object' Panorama

This works really well with a pet or motor vehicle. Take snaps of the animal or object as it moves, preferably running for the animal. This can be achieved really easily by setting your camera to continuous shooting mode. Then just combine your results.

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