How To Take A Panoramic Picture | Minaret Summit | Landscape Photography

How To Take A Panoramic Picture

on location at the Minaret Summit

Mammoth Lakes, California



After my adventure to find fall throughout Montana, Utah, and California, I ended up in Mammoth Lakes. While searching around Mammoth for fall colors I stumbled upon this beautiful lookout, the Minaret Summit. When I saw the amazing views this lookout had to offer, the first thing that came to my mind was I need to get a Panorama! I mean, what better spot to take a panoramic picture than when your staring at one of the most iconic ranges in the Sierra?!

I decided that this was also the perfect spot to talk a bit about how I take panoramic pictures :) So....

How to take the perfect panoramic picture:

Step 1:

  1. Set up your tripod.
  2. Level your tripod.
    • This is key! Make sure that the bubbles on your tripod are spot on.
  3. Point your camera to the left side of your scene. This will be your first image.
    • Make sure to add a little extra space to each side of your panorama as you will loose a little bit in post processing.
  4. Lock your tripods adjustments in place.
  5. Double check your camera settings and fine tune the focus.
  6. Put your camera on at least a 2 second timer for an ultra clear shot.
  7. Take the picture.

Step 2:

  1. Unlock your pan on your tripod.
  2. Pan to the right about a third of the way from your previous frame.
    • This means you want to have approximately two thirds of your previous image in your second image.
    • Why? This way your images have enough data for stitching them together in post processing and will guarantee a clear image with no seams.
  3. Lock your tripods adjustments in place.
  4. Take the picture.

Step 3:

  1. Repeat step 2 until you pan across your entire scene. I have found that I typically take 4-5 frames.

Hopefully this helps you to capture those beautiful panoramic pictures that you have always dreamed of!

Wishing you nothing but the best!


P.S. Wondering what gear I used? Check out my gear list here.