A while ago a friend of mine in Germany was showing me the photographs he had taken while on a tour of the Alps, and wanted to stitch a few of his images together to make a massively awesome panorama photograph with them. I had typically be using Photoshop and just aligning up the images manually, what I now refer to as the hard way.
What he showed me would change this forever. Forget all those paid programs, those apps, etc. out there.
Microsoft has made a free program called ICE, Image Composite Editor.
What you do is extremely easy. You open up the program, drag all the files that you think will work into the application, and let it do its thing! In a minute or two, you’ll have your composite! Your panorama image!