How to Perfect the Panorama

You are standing at the top of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy. Your breath is short, your legs are shaky and two perfectly formed tears are rolling down your now-grinning cheeks. You are surrounded by staggering beauty, and a little silver camera is nudging at your elbow… “Pick me up dude… let's do this”.

It’s panorama time! And just to make sure you get it picture-perfect, we have some tips on how to take a seamless shot. After all, the last thing you want is to get caught out feeling like you didn’t do the scenery justice!

David Kingham - XT-1 and 18-55mm Lens

The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and the X100S are classic favourites when it comes to simple and highly effective shots of your pano-journey. Both cameras have a “Motion Panorama” setting, which performs sweeping panoramas with so much ease, you'll be gobsmacked.

The first step in taking your shot is knowing how large you want it to be. Are you wanting a 360, 180 or 120 degree view? Where do you want your main subject to be?  How shaky are your arms after that climb? (The best part about the X-Pro1 and the X100S is that there is no need for a tripod; both will automatically correct for a reasonable amount of hand-held wiggle!)

Ian Boys - Glencoe Panorama - X100

The second step is to hit the “Drive” button on your FUJIFILM camera. On the X-Pro1, Drive is a dedicated button, but it's found on the 4-way rocker for the X100S. Then, scroll down to the “Motion Panorama” mode and press OK!

Guidelines will appear on the screen, giving you a simple indication of the direction and steadiness of your shot.

Brian Donegan - Hatta Dam - X100

The third step will have you doing a perfect pirouette to capture your surroundings. You can choose to sweep the camera from side to side or vertically. If you go too fast or slow, the camera will stop your shot to correct you. You don’t have to keep the button pressed down, either – just one click will get it started.

James Watt - Scotland - X100

Once you’ve finished your arc, the camera will stitch the images into a single glorious JPEG for your viewing pleasure. It’s that simple!

Now catch your breath, stead your hand and pick up your over-eager FUJIFILM friend. It’s Panorama time.