VERTORAMA – The Vertical Panorama

I am pretty confident that everyone is familiar with Panorama or ‘Pano’ photography, especially seeing as most of us have a ‘Pano’ setting on our smart phones (though we probably rarely use them – just can’t beat a good selfie).

The ‘old fashioned way’ of creating Pano shots (without using your phone) was to take a series of shots, moving the camera slightly each time and then stitching them together into one long photo later, the result might look something like this shot (which was actually created this was and unfortunately was branded with my old logo a long time ago):

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While the image itself is nice, they are almost common place now and, in my opinions, Vertorama shots are way cooler now!

In this blog post I will:

  1. Show you some Vertorama shots that were taken by the Professionals. (the ones that inspired this blog post)
  2. Show you a Vertorama that I created here in Dublin.
  3. Show you how the Vertorama shot was created using adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.
  4. Give you some top tricks/tips on what to consider if you are creating your own Vertorama.

Introducing Vertorama:- Pano’s ‘Hot New friend’

While Panoramic shots can be beautiful, they have a stunning and relatively unknown friend called Vertical Panoramic shots, or ‘Vertorama’ for short. When they’re done correctly they create breathtaking images that offer an unparalleled perspective of the world.

Up until recently I hadn’t heard of the term and so frantically began researching the topic. On that journey of discovery I came across these perfect examples of what Vertorama can look like if done correctly – simply stunning.

Creating My Own Vertorama:

Its a matter of personal preference but for me the best ‘Vertorama’ from the examples above was the one taken by Daniel Cheong looking down onto the Dubai Marina from the a height, panning the cityscape and up to the sky. I wanted to recreate my own version of this but I had one main problem, access to high buildings and breathtaking views like this is difficult in Dublin.

I’m sure you can imagine my reaction when I was offered a chance to get onto the roof top of the Irish life Centre, one of the tallest buildings in Dublin City Center, with a camera. When I was up there I knew I had to try it out for myself.

One the day of the shoot I wasn’t allowed a tripod onto the roof for safety reasons (as you can image) so with camera in hand I took the shots I knew I would need for the Vertorama.

That evening I went home and began the process of stitching the images together.





So here it is, in all its glory!

Vertorama taken from the top of the Irish Life Building on Lower Abbey Street

Yeah…. I know…. it is nowhere near as impressive as the ones that inspired the shot but still, there is a piece of me thats rather pleased with how it came out. especially with it being my first attempt and all.

Anyway, if you’re interested here’s how it was done.

How It Was Edited:

DSLR – switch your camera into Pano mode and start the pano at your feet, slowly rotating up to the sky. It works just as well!

Top Tips For Vertorama:

Here are my top tips for Shooting Vertorama on a DSLR:

  1. Use a tripod (if possible) – it guarantees that you get the right flow in the shots.
  2. Use as wide an angle lens as possible – wide lenses allow for more of the shot to be taken. The Irish Life shots were taken with a 16-35mm f4 canon lens)
  3. Helpful but not necessary, get a nodal point adapter for your tripod – its basically a device that allows you to better match up the overlapping sections of a Panorama.
  4. Use a small aperture – f8 to f11 should work well.
  5. Shoot in HDR – trust me it looks cool!
  6. Lastly – Have fun!

Thanks for reading, so now go create your own vertorama shots and please tag me in your photo on instagram so I can see it:) and don’t forget to follow me on instagram @maguirc5 for more tips and tricks.

Over and out,





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