Having shot Panoramas and Landscape Photography for some time we wanted to share some of our Hacks Tips & Tricks. Some of these might be a little obvious to the experienced user but a larger portion of our customer base is new to the industry and some may find value in them.
1) When using variable focal length length wide angle lenses such as the Tokina 10-17, or Nikon/Canon 8-15mm, we suggest taping down the focal length adjustment ring. If the focal length inadvertently changes by bumping the lens or not "exactly" dialing into the same focal point spot of ring just a small piece of scotch tape onto the focal length ring will help you to remain consistent.
2) Like the focal length it is critical that the focus also remains at it's set point. Taping the focus ring will help in assuring consistent focus throughout your shoot. When using tape leaving your self a little tab so you can easily remove later.
3) When shooting panoramas or even landscape photography using wide angle lens set the f-stop (aperture) to F/8 which will generally produce the sharpest image when using a full-frame camera. If shooting with a cropped sensor preferred f-stop is F/11. When shooting outdoors, to lessen sun flare, shoot at F/16 or even F/22.
4) Shoot in HDR (High Dynamic Range). Bracketing your panoramas or landscape shots will certainly create wow factor especially when shooting scenes in challenging lighting conditions. Generally shooting in 3 brackets (+/- 2EV) is enough for most situations.
5) POI - points of interests. When shooting a panorama, landscape or even gigapixel image shoot some added POI images, even if with different lens, which you can then later add into the final photo. Capture some wildlife for instance that may not have been there when you shot your panorama. Photoshop, and most photo editing software, do an excellent job and pasting and scaling images into a scene.