Heads up, going to be posting some snowflake shots today! Already got some good ones, but want to head back out in a bit and see if the type of snowflake changes (right now they're what I call "stop sign flakes").
Thought maybe every now and then I could post some tips for things I repeatedly see people mention. I'm going to start off with Panoramic shots...
If you have trouble getting a decent pano shot, be it on your phone or camera, it's probably because you're pivoting from your body and not the device. When taking a panoramic shot you pivot at the central focus point for the device. If your phone lens, for instance, is located on the left side of your phone when holding it for a ...shot...THAT is your pivot point. Your body should be turning around the phone...you don't turn the phone around your body.
Best way to think of it is pretend your actual lens has a stake doing down through it into the ground, how would you turn it then?
You can actually find the best pivot point for your device by placing it on a table and putting two batteries out from the phone. First one maybe a foot or two a way, second one behind that maybe half that distance...make it so you cannot see the second battery from the viewfinder. Then, pivot your device, if you pivot correctly then that second battery should never make an appearance...
For a camera the best thing to do is mark this point on your lens with something, so you remember where it's at. Depending on your camera and the lens it could be smack in the middle of it, towards the front, back, or someplace in between (if it's a zoom lens make sure to be at the focal length you'll be using). Another very important thing to remember is just like on the phone, if your lens isn't in the middle of your camera body you need to take that into account too... So depending on your lens and camera you could be pivoting it two inches out from the body and way on the left.
Lastly, I've seen people make the mistake of taking pano shots from their tripods...don't (at least not with a standard tripod head) While you might get a slightly better shot than just holding it by hand, you'll want to create your own tripod head first if you plan on using it in any serious way.
Since we might get some snow today where I live, I figured I'd share my snowflake album! All shots were taken in my garage with a normal lens fitted with a Raynox magnifier.