What is an angle of view?

The angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view. It is important to distinguish the angle of view from the angle of coverage, which describes the angle range that a lens can image. AKA The angle of view can be measured horizontally,vertically or diagonally.  For example: A 50mm lens can see what an eye can see.

Wide Angle:

A lens is generally considered to be “wide angle” when its focal length is less than around 35 mm (on a full frame; see camera lenses: focal length & aperture). This translates into an angle of view which is greater than about 55° across your photo’s widest dimension.

Difference between wide angle and panoramic:

Wide angle refers to the type of lens,sizing ect. Panoramic is normally an image with a ratio of at least 2:1 eg. 20 cm wide to 10cm tall. To take a 360° panoramic image, the ratio would have to be 10:1

Why shoot pano’s?

Really high quality and potential for huge prints

It gives a wider angle of view which is greater than the binocular vision on the human eyes,unlike the wide angle lens.

Capture’s empty space

The distortion of lines add an instant sense of surrealism,which you wouldn’t get in a regular photo.

How to shoot a panoramic photograph:

  • Set the camera on aperture priority or manual
  • Don‘t use a polarizer filter
  • Always use a tripod and set the camera in a portrait position making sure the spirit levels are in the middle.
  • Work from left to right
  • Overlap each photograph by 30/50%
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