Manual Exposure Mode Is a Must for Panos

If you are new to creating panos (Photoshop's Photomerge makes it soooooo easy), here are a few quick tips:

- Use a tripod with a pan head.
- Set your camera vertically (just trust me).
- Overlap your images by at least 1/3.
- Set your exposure to manual (as I did for the top photo).
- After focusing, set your focus to manual.

If you don't set your exposure to the manual exposure mode, the image will not be evenly exposed - as illustrated in the bottom photo.

Want to have some real fun? Shoot an HDR pano!

Explore the light,