Panoramas Made Simple


Make great panos with the gear you have in this concise, well-illustrated photo guide.


Hudson Henry is a renowned adventure photographer and an experienced workshop leader who has long had a passion for panoramic photography. His multiple-row, complex panoramas, printed large, adorn the walls of companies and collectors throughout the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.

Hudson started out years ago creating simple, single-row panoramas because he ran into the limits of a single frame when trying to translate his vision of the landscape into a digital print. The panorama is a highly effective way to capture the grandeur of our world, and, with this book, Hudson will show you how easy it is to ditch your camera’s ‘auto pano’ mode and create stunningly beautiful panoramas without needing to buy special pano gear.

His techniques, clearly illustrated with gorgeous examples, will help photographers of all skill levels master the keys to simple panoramas. With Hudson’s help, you’ll even be able to capture great panoramas without a tripod, or with your phone!

Click the thumbnails below to view the first chapter of the book.

You can also download a sample PDF of the book, which contains Hudson’s Preface and the first chapter. (Download size: 8.5MB)

Table of Contents

Preface—My Passion for Panoramas

Chapter 1—An Introduction to Panoramic Photography

  • Go wide and with more detail
  • Simple panoramas defined
  • Not all panoramas are narrow slices
  • Equipment for simple panoramas
  • Advanced panoramas

Chapter 2—Thinking about light, focus and setup

  • Light and composition: the rules still apply
  • Watch out for parallax
  • Finding the infinity distance
  • Learning how to lock your camera settings
  • Why shouldn’t I use my phone’s automatic panorama mode?
  • Why is manual exposure so important?

Chapter 3—Capturing the Frames

  • Lens selection
  • Exposure metering
  • Use a tripod, where possible
  • The importance of being level
  • Orient your camera vertically
  • Focus using live view
  • Beware of polarizers or graduated filters
  • Marking your panoramas
  • Compose wide and use lots of overlap
  • Move quickly and carefully

Chapter 4—Assembling Your Panorama

  • My workflow at a glance
  • Building Panoramas with Lightroom Classic CC
  • Working with Photoshop CC to create panoramas
  • Building Panoramas in ON1 Photo Raw 2018

Chapter 5—Resources & Links

[Panoramas Made Simple requires no specialized equipment, although a tripod is recommended for challenging lighting conditions. For the generation of panoramas, Hudson demonstrates how to merge images with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, or ON1 Photo RAW 2018, although you could use other available apps.]