Panoramic photography and 360 degree images were never easier to create, with the wealth of panoramic pan-heads and dedicated software now available.Many cameras have build in panorama facility with 360 stitching on the fly but for the serious panoramic photographer a quality panoramic pan-head is a must.
I love my Nodal Ninja
The Nodal Ninja range offer super quality and accuracy for its relatively low price tag. It is sturdy and easy to use even with a large professional SLR.
You will soon realise that accuracy is the mantra, when creating successful large scale panoramic images. A sloppy approach to recording image sequences will see you spend hours lining up images and retouching bad stitching. This is where a quality panoramic pan-head enters the picture.
A good pan-head:
- allows you to accurately align the rotation of your camera to its optical centre
- provides easy to use, accurately spaced and adjustable rotation increments
- is sturdy even with a large SLR mounted and does not start to wobble in a breeze
One bad image can ruin a whole panorama! Or have you tearing your hair out in frustration spending hours in Photoshop.