Storytelling Power of Panoramas

Panorama photography is more popular than ever. The ability to sweep your mobile phone or compact camera and capture 180 degrees of a scene is both easy and compelling.

Golden State Warriors Win Round 1 Oracle Arena Warriors win Game 6 of the first round of the NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Photo by Derrick Story. Click on image for larger version.

Panoramas do an excellent job of showing us more of a location, but don't underestimate their storytelling power either. In the case of this image, captured at Oracle Arena right after the Golden State Warriors won Game 6 of the NBA round 1 playoffs, you're able to join participants in the stands and see what they were experiencing.

I often shoot panoramas with my iPhone 4S, but I used the Fujifilm X-20 camera for this shot. It also has an excellent panorama mode in the ADV menu.

Regardless of which device you have, keep in mind that panoramas aren't just for vacation scenics. They can capture the energy of human drama too.

iPad for Digital Photographers

If you love mobile photography like I do, then you'll enjoy iPad for Digital Photographers-- now available in print, Kindle, and iBooks versions.

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