When you go on a trip and encounter wide landscapes or beautiful street scenes, you want to take a picture that preserves that wide feel. Unfortunately, that wide look is lost when you can only shoot part of the scene. Even zooming all the way out to utilize the widest angle of your lens can make subjects seem too small and still not capture the feeling of what you see in person. When this is the case, try using the panorama function in your camera.
Most SP and Stylus model cameras have an in-camera panorama mode. This mode captures three images and stitches them together to create one amazing panoramic picture right inside your camera. By simply selecting the mode, pressing the shutter button and then slowly panning across the scene, take up to 3 images and the camera seamlessly combines them.
Panorama Examples (click to enlarge):
For more panoramic photography tips, check out these advanced techniques from Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.