Learn how you can do a panorama photo:

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Panorama photos are photos that are longer and skinny and seem to be a photo that were made to get wide, extra wide photos. Are they done exclusively for super wide angle photos? Usually!

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I’d like to go over the history of Panoramas and then tell you where we are today.

Since the early days of film, panoramic photography has been synonymous with landscape and architectural images, and sometimes with other genres like street and wildlife photography. By combining two horizontal frames of film, typically 120 medium format, some film cameras actually shot panorama photographs by design. Most of these cameras emerged in the latter half of the twentieth century, bringing the panoramic format to the public eye. The panorama had existed long before this time, of course, but its popularity has only grown — and with good reason. Panoramas are fun and dramatic, and their subtleties are just as important in today’s mostly-digital age as they were during the heyday of film.

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Notice how beautiful this looks with a sunset photo.

1- Composition

If you think about the major benefits of Panoramas, you will certainly think it’s easier to compose your photo. You don’t have to worry about if you have too much sky or foreground, it’s like you automatically cropped your photo to it’s optimum. It makes me wonder why we don’t see more panorama photos.

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The compositional side of panoramic photography certainly is not the only reason for its popularity, but panoramas are useful for images that cannot be composed in more typical ways. Often, I use the panorama format simply because the spaces above and below my subject would boring with a 2×3 frame — other times, I do so to make my image easier to balance. Panoramas are not ideal for every composition, but they are crucial tools in more situations than you may think.

Larger Prints

Consider a typical (high-end) photo printer: the width of the print is set at a certain size (since, say, a 24-inch printer simply cannot fit anything larger), but the length of the print is essentially unlimited. The reason is that, past a certain size (typically 13×17), photo paper tends to come in rolls rather than sheets. These rolls can be tremendously long, often more than fifty feet (15 meters).

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Above most sofas and beds, for example, the wall is wider than it is tall. Quite often, the difference is significant. And, for landscape photographers who want to sell their work, home decoration is one of the largest markets. It makes sense to cater to people’s needs, then, and panoramic art is disproportionately popular for bedrooms and living spaces.

Cameras today:

Most newer Android and iPhone models have a panorama mode built into the camera, but if you don’t wanna go that route, there are a number of panoramic photo apps available to download.

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How to take a panorama photo with your phone:

  1. Open your phone’s camera and put it in panorama (or Pano) mode.
  2. Hold the phone vertically for a horizontal panorama, or horizontally for a vertical panorama.
  3. iPhone users can tap the arrow to change the direction of the panorama. Android users can move left or right without specifying their direction.
  4. Tap the shutter button to start your panorama.
  5. Move the phone to capture the desired scene, keeping it as steady as possible.
  6. When you’re done, tap the shutter button to finish. If you reach the end of the line/box that displays on your phone while taking a panorama, it may automatically stop taking the photo and save it.
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Take your time, and find out from your camera how and if you can do panorama photos. If you find you can’t do it with your regular camera, see if your smart phone can do it. We would love to share your experience with Panorama.

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LEARN HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS OF: “A MEAL YOU’VE MADE”:

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Have you really ever got into cooking a meal for presentation? How about a meal that you did, added beautiful garnishes, organized each food into an organized, delicious looking meal? This certainly becomes something of great interest to photographers, who are also great chefs! Or is it the other way around: Great chefs who would like to learn how to take a photo of their delicious creations?

Well, let’s take a look at some ideas that I picked up from some professional food photographers.

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Here are the tips for creating better food photos:

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Tips for taking great food photos

  1. Take photos under natural light. Do not use overhead lights or lamps or your built-in flash. …
  2. Move around to find the best light source. Don’t feel confined to taking photos in your kitchen. …
  3. Try taking photos from multiple angles. …
  4. Minimize clutter.
  5. Use good plates or bowls, that will give it a Nice feel to the photo.
  6. Don’t put too much food on the plates. You will want to leave room for garnishes or some kind of decoration, if you want it to look professional.
  7. Once again, watch your background. Is it a kitchen cabinet or a picnic table, etc?
  8. Note that most food photos are taken from above the plates. Prepare to get a straight shot photo.
  9. Side photos can work, but, you do have to watch your depth of field, to make sure the entire plates of food is in focus.
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10- Including people in your photos is not a bad idea, but, use all the tips of food photography so that it looks good (no clutter, good background, not too much on the plates, everyone excited to eat with smiles, etc).

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11- You can do side photos of your food, if that is what you want to show. Say, you have created the perfect meat (like above) or an amazing new hamburger with lots of exciting things on your burger (like below):

The Secret to Finding the Hero Angle in Food Photography
If you are taking a photo of just one food item, then shooting from the side, is a great way to do this. Can you imagine shooting this photo from the top? Who want to see just the bun?

Once again, I have gone through many sources to see how to take good food photos. This is really a lot of fun to try. I have the best collection of tips that just an ordinary photographer could use. Good luck!

Conclusion:

Take a look at a lot of food photos. Copying their ideas is how you become great at 1- creating a showpiece of the food you created, 2- become a great food photographer.