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Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view.
Unlike regular images, panoramic photography has a wide aspect ratio. Many photographer do not refer to this type or photography as panoramic, but instead as wide-angle photography. Both the aspect ratio and coverage of field are important factors in defining a true panoramic image.
To achieve this task you will need to purchase a lens that has an aspect ratio of 2:1 or larger. This sort of ratio grants the image to be at least twice as wide as it is high.
Some photographers even use aspect ratios like 4:1 to 10:1 which allows them to cover fields of view up to 360 degrees. Other photographers find it easier to just stitch several photos together using software like Photoshop or AutoStitch.
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