Have you ever raised your camera to snap some sweeping vista — or maybe a cramped interior — only to discover that it won’t fit in a single frame?
Happens to me all the time.
I used to mutter naughty words and curse myself for not having a wider lens. Until one day, it occurred to me: “Why not shoot a bunch of frames, and then stitch them together?”
Armed with inspiration (and a healthy dose of ignorance), I began practicing the technique during my European adventure last September. I started in Venice, where some of the most spectacular views are obtained from bridges — which means that you can only “back up” so far before taking an involuntary swim.
I also found that the technique worked well as I strolled Venice’s narrow sidewalks: By walking parallel to the opposite bank, I could capture more of the buildings’ façades.
Sometimes it worked brilliantly, and you’d never guess you were actually looking at 10 or 11 frames.
Other times? Well … not so much.
But as I refined my technique, I found it more and more useful for shots that would otherwise be impossible. Here’s the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, for starters:
Want to try this for yourself? I’ll be back with a tutorial tomorrow.