3-Day San Francisco Panoramic Photography Workshop - Megapixels to Gigapixels!

3-Day San Francisco Panoramic Photography Workshop 

(This workshop is limited to 8 students)
You may also be interested in our Yosemite Panoramic workshop .
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 (You will need to bring in your own computer with Adobe Photoshop CC installed)

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 - 2pm: Gear review, pano techniques classroom lecture
  • 2pm - 4pm: Gear assembly & nodal point exercise
  • 4pm: Q&A Conclusion

Day 2 All Day in-field shooting:

  • Transportation to/from Aperture Academy & San Francisco
  • Departure/Return times subject to time of year

Day 3 Classroom post-processing (You will need to bring your computer with Adobe Photoshop CC installed):

  • 9am: Downloading images, sorting & organizing
  • 10am - 11am: In-depth stitching session
  • 11am: Post Stitch processing
  • 12pm: Conclusion

What is/isn't included?

The workshop/tour price includes:

  • All Workshop Instruction

The workshop/tour price DOES NOT include:

  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • 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"!

Computer with Adobe Photoshop CC

Required: A computer with Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud is required for this class so that you can participate in the post-processing portion of the workshop.

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Panoramic Workshop Pro Instructor

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

Mike Wardynski
Mike Wardynski

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