It’s easy to forget about using Panorama mode until you have a beautiful landscape in front of you. However, you can attain some very interesting shots by applying it to scenes you might normally capture using a standard frame size. I wanted to venture out of the typical nature shots associated with panoramas, like the one below, and see how I could capture other subjects.
About Panorama Mode
Using Samsung’s Panorama mode, you can capture wide panoramic scenes in a single shot. It does this by stitching together a series of consecutive photos to create one wide image.
How to Use Panorama Mode:
To use Panorama mode, set your Samsung NX mini to SMART mode and select PANORAMA. Then hold the shutter down and move in a horizontal or vertical direction. Release the shutter once you have achieved your desired shot.
Tip: Try to move your camera as slow and steady as you can in order to avoid blurriness.
Using the NX mini, you are able to capture as much or as little of a scene as you want, allowing your panorama shots to come out very long, or wide and short. I prefer getting as much as I can with one shot and having the ability to crop it later on, but it’s also fun to play around with your length during shooting and compare the differences.
In the above photo of a vaulted church ceiling, you can see how using Panorama mode has morphed the original columns, almost sucking you into the photo. This type of effect is one of the things I like most about using Panorama mode, because you are always left with a bit of surprise.
Tip: To avoid overexposure when taking panorama shots, begin at the darker end of your image and move towards the lighter end.
I especially fell in love with the idea of shooting building facades in Panorama mode. Depending on how you move your camera, you can achieve a somewhat bulbous, wide angle effect. It’s also nice to change up shooting in horizontal and vertical directions.
Tip: To achieve a more wide angle looking shot, try scooping your camera downwards a bit while moving left to right.
Rooftops are another great situation to use Panorama mode. I always like to compare city skylines and see how they represent the city’s character.
Whether you want to climb to the highest peak, or are just wandering around the streets, I suggest experimenting with Panorama mode to infuse a bit of unordinary into the ordinary.