The best thing about photography as a hobby or profession is its versatility. Once you’ve mastered the basics, there are endless techniques you can use to take your shoot to the next level. Two techniques we’re having fun with now are infrared photography and panoramic photographs.

 

Getting great results can take some time and practice. Plenty of research helps, too.

 

Infrared photography

 

There’s something that’s almost otherworldly about the look of infrared photographs. The shots captured and edited are hauntingly beautiful. For the best results, we recommend taking your camera out on a very sunny day.

 

With the right equipment and some know-how, you can produce your own powerful infrared shots. Follow these three steps and you can’t go wrong - but remember, practice always makes perfect.

 

  1. Before you attach an R72 filter, ensure that your composition, focus, and framing are correct. This is important because once you attach the filter, you won’t be able to use your camera’s viewfinder
  2. We recommend starting out shooting with an ISO of 400, a shutter speed of 30 seconds, and an f/stop between 9 and 12. These can be tweaked until you achieve the results you want. If you’d like more detail, try an f/stop of around 22
  3. Once you’ve captured your shot, you can edit your image to perfection. Or leave it as is

Panoramic photography

 

Your smartphone is likely to be able to take panoramic shots. probably The quality of panoramic photography using a DSLR and the right lens is simply unparalleled, though.

 

In order to get the full effect of a panoramic image, there are several pieces of extra equipment that is required, namely:

 

 

Once you have what you need, the rest is quite simple:

 

  1. Identify the area you want to photograph and set up your tripod, camera, and lens
  2. Take multiple vertical or horizontal shots of the scene using the cable release, portion by portion. Be aware of the wind conditions as movement of any kind can affect the quality of your image  
  3. Utilising Photoshop or PTGui, align each shot and stitch them together digitally to create a full panoramic scene

 

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