Creating Panoramas

How many times have you showed a travel picture to a friend and remarked, "It looked a lot bigger in real life"? That's because it was bigger, and your camera couldn't capture it all. Capturing a vast landscape with a digital camera is like looking at the Grand Canyon through a paper-towel tube.

Digital camera makers have created an ingenious solution to widen this narrow view of life: panorama mode (Figure 1-8 ). With it, you can stitch together a series of individual images to create a single, beautiful vista, similar to what you saw when you were standing there in real life. The camera's onscreen display helps align the edge of the last shot with the beginning of the next one. See Chapter 13 for more about how to create panoramas. Panoramas are a great reason to buy that tripod you've been eyeing (preferably one with a bubble level in the head to keep your pictures straight).

Figure 1-8. This image is actually four pictures stitched together using the camera's panorama mode.

Figure 1-8. This image is actually four pictures stitched together using the camera's panorama mode.

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