By keeping in mind a few simple techniques, you can capture scenes for later stitching into striking panoramas. I have generated a list of tips, and then tested them to show which factors are most important.
If you are impressed by the idea of taking an occasional panorama, say from the top of a mountain, but don’t want to buy anything new, or even put much effort into learning new software, there is hope. What you are looking for is an automated stitching program. Combined with handheld techniques, you can expand your horizons, generating beautiful images.
A friend turned me on to an easy technique to simulate the extreme low depth of field generated in close up photography. Coupled with some sharpening and color tweaks, I made my home town look like a cute model version of itself.