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3-Day Panoramic Photography Workshop - Megapixels to Gigapixels! 

Dec 11th, 2015 (3 Days) in-field workshop $1295.00

(This workshop is limited to 8 students)
Photos from the last workshop
(This panoramic is the combination of 36 images, creating a final stiched image of 425 megapixels!)

Come learn how to capture extremely high resolution photographic images with extreme detail!

This workshop is focused (literally) on teaching you all the techniques required to capture and stitch single and multi-row panoramic images.

We will spend 3 full days in and around the San Francisco Bay Area shooting in the field as well as learning in the classroom, to teach you from beginning to end, everything you need to know to capture extremely high resolution panoramic images!

Topics covered

  • How to find the "nodal" point to eliminate parallax
  • Critical camera settings required for the consistency needed for high quality panoramic photographs
  • How to capture single and multi-row panoramic scenes -- we will visit multiple locations!
  • How to prepare your images for "stitching" (combining them into one single image)
  • Best practices for stitching to ensure the highest quality end result
  • Final post processing

This workshop will teach you both single row and multi-row panoramic techniques.

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Single-row panoramic images require the merging, or "stitching," of the sequential edges of two or more images.

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Multi-row panoramic images require the merging ("stitching") of both sequential edges of images and their neighboring sequenced images in the adjacent rows. Much like a puzzle, each image must have the correct alignment in order for it to "fit" into its unique location of the scene.

Once we've captured a few panoramic images in and around San Francisco, we will return to Aperture Academy for a classroom workshop on how to stitch and post-process your images. We will cover the best practices of pre-processing, stitching, error correction, and final post-processing.

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(This panoramic is the combination of 60 images!)

Workshop Itinerary

Day 1 (Hands-on Classroom):

  • 12:30pm: Orientation
  • 1pm - 4pm: Gear review, pano techniques classroom lecture, Finding the nodal point exercise
  • 4pm: Q&A Conclusion

Day 2 (All Day in-field shooting):

  • 10am: Classroom Review
  • 10:30am: Depart from Aperture Academy to San Francisco
  • 11:30pm - 1pm: Twin Peaks Panoramic Shoot
  • 1:30pm - 3pm: Fort Point Panoramic Shoot
  • 3:30pm - 4:15pm: Dinner break (Sausalito)
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm: Marin Headland/Hawk Hill Panoramic Shoot
  • 6pm - 7pm: Palace of Fine Arts Blue Hour Panoramic Shoot
  • 8pm: Arrive back at Aperture Academy

Day 3 (Classroom post-processing):

  • 10am: Downloading images, sorting & organizing
  • 10am - 11:30pm: In-depth stitching session
  • 11:30am: Lunch Break (provided)
  • 12:30pm - 2pm: Post Stitch processing
  • 2pm: Conclusion

What is/isn't included?

The workshop/tour price includes:

  • All Workshop Instruction
  • All San Francisco Bay Area transportation

The workshop/tour price DOES NOT include:

  • Transportation to/from Aperture Academy
  • Meals (farewell lunch included)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Staff gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Equipment To Bring

DSLR Camera

Required: A DSLR camera will give you full power and creative control to get the most out of your learning experience on this workshop.


Required: For best results, we strongly recommend a prime (fixed) lens between 35-200mm.

For this workshop, a 35-50mm fixed and a 100-200mm fixed would be good options.

Pano Nodal System

Required: A manual multi-row panoramic kit. There are many brands to choose from. For the best results and to get the most out of this workshop we highly recommend the following gear. (Note: A Gigapan is not an option for this workshop.)


Required: Stability is everything in Photography! Using a sturdy tripod will help improve your compositions and get sharper images. A tripod also helps you have both hands free to focus (pun intended!) on learning and getting "the shot"!

Shutter Release/Remote

Optional: A shutter release allows you to take a photo without touching the camera. This helps ensure a sharp photo and is very important for long exposures in dark areas, or at night. They are affordable and a great tool to have in your camera bag!

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Panoramic Workshop Pro Instructor

Join professional photographer Stephen Oachs to learn the entire process of shooting panoramic images and processing them.

Stephen Oachs
Stephen Oachs

(This panoramic is the combination of 24 images!)

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