Cluttered Panorama

Panoramas aren’t just for landscapes. Interior panoramas are often used by real estate photographers for virtual tours. And they make for a different view of vintage locations. Here’s a brief tutorial on making a simple panorama.


  1. Use a wide-angle lens: usually between 10 and 15mm.
  2. Set your color balance and keep it the same until you are finished.
  3. Mount your camera on a tripod.
  4. Focus once and then go to manual focus. This will maintain the same focus point for the entire panorama.
  5. Take multiple consecutive shots, rotating your camera with each shot.

As you shoot, remember to keep your camera level at all times; and as you rotate your camera, allow for a comfortable amount of overlap between images (usually at least 25%).

Afterwards, multiple tools exist to stitch the photos together in post-processing. For example, Photoshop has the “photo merge” feature and Microsoft has ICE. Choose the tool that fits you best. Happy shooting! 🙂

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.


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