Joshua Tree National Park in California is such a unique landscape that I really wanted to make a panorama image that would convey the vastness and the sheer quantity of Joshua Trees.
The first few I tried didn’t turn out so well though! The trees looked so small and unimpressive. I realized that the perspective I was using made all the trees carry the same importance and no particular tree was the main subject. So I tried getting close to one tree, placing it purposefully in the frame, and making it the star of the photo while the others provided a background.
One feature I love about the Sony NEX6 mirrorless camera is the ability to quickly and easily make a panorama. I think a lot of cameras come with this feature nowadays, but now that I have it in the Sony mirrorless camera, I really miss it when I am using my DSLR.
Instead of having to mess around with special pan heads to make a sequence of photos around a single axis, with a panorama enabled system, you can simply sweep your camera in the direction you specify while the camera takes the shots. Not only that, but you don’t even have to stitch them together in post processing, the camera does all the work for you!
With these technical matters taken care of, we can spend our time on the things that really matter most in a photograph, like using composition effectively to make a photo with impact.
Some people think that technology is replacing the techniques that used to be reserved for savvy professional photographers. But in my opinion, technology is taking care of these things for us so we can focus on the artistic side of photography.