Things to consider before you go out into the field.
- Decide on your goal, or outcome. To be cliche: failure to plan means planning to fail. It is okay for your plan to be as minimal as ‘explore an area and take some gigapans if I see something interesting.’ Problems come when you have an expectation of creating something great, but no sense of a goal to get there.
- Do any research you wish about the area you are going to photograph. Exploring an area in Google Earth may give you insight into places you wish to cover with gigapans.
- Obtain and pack any maps or other resources you need.
- Set the time on your camera. If you have a GPS, use the GPS time to sync your camera time. Tip: take a picture of your GPS showing the current time to the second. You can use the time in the exif headers and match to the GPS to get the true time.
- If you are using a GPS, check the track log memory and make sure there is space for your intended trip. The the tracklog resolution as appropriate for you. In a modern GPS using the standard mode is okay, but if you want detailed track logs and photo location set it to a more detailed option. Make sure the GPS is on, and is recording track logs.
Packing List (You Mileage may vary!)
- tripod (contrary to some opinions, you don’t need to have a triopod.
- camera mount screw, with extra if available.
- spare camera battery and spare gigapan battery.
- spare memory card
- Notebook (paper 🙂 and pen or pencil.