What kind of camera gear are you using?

Choose the category that is closest to the kind of camera equipment you’re using. We’ll then show you the best way to make panoramas using your equipment.

Either a phone, or “normal camera”, or SLR camera
Any kind of camera on a tripod


Or maybe you’re using one of these specialized setups?


A camera with a panoramic tripod head, on a tripod

An SLR camera with fisheye lens. No tripod

Any kind of camera with a FISHEYE “LENS ADAPTER”

SLR camera with fisheye lens, panoramic tripod head, on a tripod


Either a phone, or “normal camera”, or SLR camera

1. Hold your camera straight in front of you in "portrait" orientation (so that it makes tall photos, not wide photos).
2. Take a photo.
3. Turn and take another photo. It needs to overlap 30%-50%.
4. If you keep your camera over the same point, your panorama will turn out better. Imagine that your camera is on a tripod, and the camera is fixed in one place.
5. Repeat, until you make a full circle. If you want, make another row above or below the first one.

Some important things to remember:
- If you take blurry pictures, they probably won't fit together (garbage in -> garbage out!).
- If you take pictures containing only sky, or only blank walls, they probably won't fit together. Try to get "something" in each photo. This is important!
- Don't use a flash, unless you really have to.

Watch this video to see Jeffrey in action:
Although he is using a big camera, the action is the same as if you have a smaller camera.

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A Camera on a tripod

1. If possible, position your camera in "portrait" orientation (tall photos, not wide photos).
2. Shoot photos with at least 30% overlap. (You might need to take 15-25 photos to make a full circle).
3. After you make a full circle, you can tilt your camera up or down and shoot another circle.

Some important things to remember:
- If you know how to set the exposure, you should keep the same exposure (and white balance) for ALL photos in the panorama.
- If you take pictures containing only sky, or only blank walls, they probably won't fit together. Try to get "something" in each photo. This is important!
- Don't use a flash, unless you really have to.

Watch this video to see Jeffrey in action:

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A camera with a panoramic tripod head, on a tripod

1. If possible, position your camera in "portrait" orientation (tall photos, not wide photos).
2. Shoot photos with at least 30% overlap. (You might need to take 15-25 photos to make a full circle).
3. After you make a full circle, you can tilt your camera up or down and shoot another circle.

Some important things to remember:
- If you know how to set the exposure, you should keep the same exposure (and white balance) for ALL photos in the panorama.
- If you take pictures containing only sky, or only blank walls, they probably won't fit together. Try to get "something" in each photo. This is important!
- Don't use a flash, unless you really have to.

Video coming soon.
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An SLR camera with fisheye lens. No tripod

1. Attach a string (with a weight on one end) to the end of your lens.
2. Hold your camera up, an observe where the string touches the ground. You will take all photos with the string touching this exact part of the ground.
3. Take the photos you need (how many? consult our fisheye lens page).

Some important things to remember:
- If you know how to set the exposure, you should keep the same exposure (and white balance) for ALL photos in the panorama.
- If you take pictures containing only sky, or only blank walls, they probably won't fit together. Try to get "something" in each photo. This is important!
- Don't use a flash, unless you really have to.

Watch this video to see Jeffrey in action:

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Any kind of camera with a FISHEYE “LENS ADAPTER”

A Fisheye Lens Adapter is a lens that screws onto your normal camera lens, and gives you a "fisheye view".

If you use a Fisheye Lens Adapter, we can't detect it automatically - you'll need to set it on your "Settings page". If we don't have your fisheye adapter listed, please contact us for help.

Important note: most Fisheye Lens Adapters are low quality novelty items which create a soft image that cannot be stitched easily. The notable exceptions to this rule are the Nikon fc-e8, fc-e9, and Raynox 185 fisheye adapters. If your fisheye adapter was $50, it might not be good enough quality to make usable panoramas. Sorry!


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SLR camera with fisheye lens, panoramic tripod head, on a tripod

1. Be sure that manual focus, manual exposure, and manual white balance are set on your camera. If you can't do that, then leave everything on automatic.
2. Tuck in your tripod legs so that they are not visible when you look through the camera.
3. Take the photos you need (how many? consult our fisheye lens page).

Some important things to remember:
- If you know how to set the exposure, you should keep the same exposure (and white balance) for ALL photos in the panorama.
- If you take pictures containing only sky, or only blank walls, they probably won't fit together. Try to get "something" in each photo. This is important!
- Don't use a flash, unless you really have to.

Watch this video to see Jeffrey in action:

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