Abba's Creations Photography

God's Creation Captured in Fine Art Photography


Gigapixel Panoramic Photography Workshop

Recommended Equipment

What to Bring.

  • Most any camera will work for Panoramic Gigarama style photography. (Call if you have questions.)
    • We will be working with RAW images so highly recommend your camera has and is set to RAW storage capability.
    • At least 12 Megapixels or higher. More Megapixels = higher resolution. I shoot Canon 5Dsr w/ 51 Megapixels and a Sony A7rii with 42 Megapixels.
      • Using Canon 5Dsr, Nikon D-800/810/850 or Sony A7Rii(i) produces awesome images but burns hard drive space. Bring a big external drive!
    • APS-C or Full Frame is OK.
  • Focus Stacking Sessions
    • You will need a camera and auxiliary controller such as Promote Control (for Canon or Nikon) or Arsenal (for Canon, Nikon, Sony or Fuji)
    • For HDR work (optional) you will need a camera capable of doing Bracketed images.
    • Night Photography (optional) requires higher end camera with low noise, high ISO. Sony A7RII, Nikon D800/810, Canon 5Diii, Panasonic GH4
    • Instruction Manual for your camera. (Read your manual. Don't buy a new camera and come to workshop to learn how to use it.)
  • Make sure to bring plenty of spare batteries (minimum 3) and your chargers.
  • Also spare batteries for your other accessaries such as remote controls, Gigapan, head lights etc,
Memory Cards
  • Recommend at least 2 ea. 64 GB or 4 ea. 32 GB cards.
  • Ultra High Resolution imagery requires telephoto lenses. I typically use 70mm - 200mm.
    • For the Focus Stacking portion we recommend focal lengths of 70- 105mm.
  • Zoom lenses are OK. (Bring gaffers tape or blue painters tape to hold focus & zoom rings in place.)
  • Some people prefer prime lenses. They are OK. I find a prime can be restrictive when composing my shots.
  • A 1.4x or 2x converter can be useful. I often use 2x converter with my 70-200mm, 2.8 zoom to get up to 400mm 5.6.
  • For optional Night Photography session bring (or rent) your widest, fastest lens. You will need f-2.8 or faster.
    • I use either 24-70mm f-2.8 zoom or my 14mm, f-2.8.
    • Ultra wide "Fish Eye" lenses do not work well for stitching night photos.
    • 14mm - 24mm for full frame cameras
    • 10mm - 18mm for APS-C sensors.
  • A sturdy tripod is a critical part of your equipment.
  • Bring your standard pan & tilt or ball head.
Panoramic Nodal Head (options)
Wired or (Wireless Remote Shutter Control - optional)
Laptop Computer
  • Should have minimum of 4GB (12 GB recommended.) of memory
  • 100 GB of free space on hard drive.
  • Card Reader for your memory cards. ( Or USB cable for camera to download photos.)
  • External USB hard drive. 500 GB or greater free space (optional).
  • Required software:
    • Adobe Photoshop CS 5 or later.
    • If you don't have Photoshop you can purchase Creative Cloud for a $10 per month subscription
  • Stitching Software (These are optional - Photoshop supports limited stitching.)
  • HDR Software (for Optional HDR session)
Clothing for varying weather conditions.
  • Dress in layers.
    • Early mornings can be below freezing. Afternoons may get into 70's. Evenings cool off very quickly after sunset.
  • Gloves and head coverings.
  • Comfortable hiking shoes. We may go on short hikes up to 1/2 mile.
  • Flashlights or Headlamps highly advised for night photography sessions w/ extra batteries.
Water & Snacks
  • Plan on having plenty of water. Humidity in this area is often quite low.
  • Snacks for field sessions.
Cell Phone
  • Can be of limited use in the San Juan Mountains. Cell coverage is spotty.
  • Useful for your favorite photo apps.

Contact Info:

John Freeman, 303-485-9437; email

Feel free to contact me for more information and any questions you may have.

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