A Simple Guide to Making a Panograph

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Panographs are simple and fun and there’s a only a few guidelines to remember when making these stunning images.

A panograph is assembled from several overlapping photographs. In this tipster I shot an entire roll of Lomography Redscale 120 film in a Lubitel 2 and placed the resulting 12 photographs together to make one collective image.

My subject was the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

First thing to do is find a good place to stand to take your pictures. As the Eiffel Tower is quite a tall structure I was a good distance from the base but still close enough to ensure that my images would overlap.

Secondly, set your aperture and exposure. Do not change these settings throughout the process to ensure the best results in the final panograph. Note: In this panograph, as I shot higher, other colours in the redscale film came out as the film was overexposed as I moved towards the sky. This is because I had exposed for the base of the tower and not the sky which resulted in the colour change throughout the panograph, which I think adds a nice effect.

Thirdly, Shoot…move a little…shoot…move a little..shoot…move a little…(repeat as necessary).

The best part comes next. When you have your prints collected from the lab, assemble them to make your panograph. If you shot so that you have a large amount of overlapping in your photos you will probably be able to arrange the photos in a few different ways to make your panograph.

Finally, there are three ways to share your panograph online:
1. Take a photograph of it.
2. If the finished panograh can fit on a scanner then scan it.
3. Use picture editing software, like Photoshop, When you have your film scanned bring each photograph in as a layer and assemble the panograph on the computer save it as a Jpeg and share your masterpiece with the world.

The Lubitel 2 is an attention-seeker—from its top-down viewer, down to its stylish, black, metal body. Its signature Triplet T22 lens yields charming and distinctive medium format shots. Get your own Lubitel 2 now!

Load up the Lomography Redscale 120 100 ISO and achieve the warm-tinged effect produced only by exposing the negative on the reverse side! You’ll get breathtaking square shots evoking intensely warm, honey hues. See our selection of Lomography films here.

written by homer on 2011-11-11 #gear #tutorials #redscale #panography #120 #tipster #tlr #photostich #art #medium-format #lubitel #panagraph #technique


  1. stratski
    stratski ·

    Very nice result! Did you enter it in the collage rumble yet?

  2. homer
    homer ·

    Thanks @stratski I haven't entered it yet, thanks for reminding me :-)

  3. kingnate
    kingnate ·

    Great article!
    here's my own :)

  4. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    gorgeous! I've seen examples done with the instax, too.

  5. pfingstroeschen
    pfingstroeschen ·


  6. blablabla-anab
    blablabla-anab ·

    It's beautiful. I love the change in colours ^___^

  7. sprofishgel
    sprofishgel ·

    Such a great idea ! Will think over this :)

  8. tikismeekis
    tikismeekis ·

    great result! I also love the change in colors.

  9. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    yes, i totally agree, the change in colour is just intense- and the panograph as such as well. i shall try this soon :)

  10. lomonesia
    lomonesia ·

    maybe this project is hard

  11. dashu
    dashu ·

    Hi, just a question ^^ Did you just stand on the same spot when you took the picutre ? Or is is it possible to make steps to the side ^^?

  12. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    Great idea....and I like the way the colors of the sky change based on your exposure settings. Looks great!

  13. jawatembak
    jawatembak ·

    that was gorgeous man! genius!

  14. kwakken
    kwakken ·

    great tip! inspiring!

  15. homer
    homer ·

    Thanks for the comments . @dashu for this one I stood in the same spot because the Eiffel Tower is so big and I was far away from it so I didn't need to move but when I am doing other Panographs close to the subject I move around.

  16. dylanl
    dylanl ·

    cool tipster, beautiful pictures!

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