Stitching with a person in a single frame is fine, it only becomes a problem when you have multiple people in multiple frames. Generally in a stitched landscape the person/persons in question will not overflow a single frame unless they are very close. Even then one can generally stitch them as long as their upper body is in one shot and lower in a different. It also requires some practice in taking said pictures. You gotta be fast.
1) Set camera to manual focusing.
2) Set camera to Manual
3) Set Camera to RAW
4) Turn Grid lines on
5) In live view check out the entire exposure for dynamic range required from left to right and top to bottom.
6) Pick your central point(Person/Lake/stream/flowers) and take one or two in RAW with the correct Median exposure that you deciphered when panning in live view for exposure. IE you do not need to use the AEL button. What a waste of a button on cameras for landscape photography anyways. It does have other uses, but for mountain shots, waste.
7) Check central picture for facial expression/shadows /posture
From left to right, top to bottom(If doing 2 rows or more) Take the pictures while watching your grid lines. Make sure to have Lots of overlap along with LOTS of TOP and BOTTOM overlap as well even though you might not want it in the photograph.
WHY? because when picture is stitched you will have to trim the borders. Likewise if you make a mistake and shoot your lens with a WIDE Aperature, then there will be significant light fall off into the edges/corners of your pictures and you will get sky banding. If you decided you needed that larger aperature to obtain a good picture with a fast enough shutter speed then: your pictures "top" way up higher then you needed, can be trimmed off where there was light fall off due to the wide open lens(small f stop)
Another reason you want a very good lens. A good lens($$$) will have less light fall off between its center and its outer edges and you won't get banding in the sky when you stitch. Light fall off is not a problem in the central part of an image generally. Ok, it has never been an issue with me as one simple cannot tell on rocks, trees, snow, etc. In the sky where its all BLUE, you can tell.
PS. For your enjoyment: Here is an example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33243403@N02/3099170058/ Bri Tent S Pickets
, Sorry about the haze and lack of contrast, we got back from the top of Luna later than I had anticipated and it was 10am... Needed to be 8am. We had too much fun on top of Luna lazing around and I completely forgot about this awesome stitcher that I had planned. Shot with Sony R1, 10 pictures stitched I believe. Hanging on my wall 17x 38. Obviously cropped to get that ratio from the picture I showed you. What is seen is a composite. As you can tell a person and gear were stitched Seamlessly. This was done in 2005, stitcher software has only gotten vastly better since then.
PPS. Here is an incorrectly shot pano. Its not bad, but not all that great either. http://www.flickr.com/photos/33243403@N ... hotostream 6586_6590 N ridge Jub to pano brian 30p resize
,Note, not enough sky overlap so when you trim, the aspect ratio of the picture is off. True, can trim a lot of the snow, but, rule of 3rds here... On North Ridge, Mount Jubilee. Mount Waddington in the background.
PPPS. Here is one done correctly though barely. Though you can tell the dynamic range is immense and there is still light fall off on the edges, but was able to clean in post processing of the sky fairly easily, glare was a BIG problem, we used 3 hands and a jacket and it still wasn't enough. N ridge Mt. Jubilee, Mt. Waddington behind. A ginormous crevasse and immense snow bridge in the foreground that we crossed. The dark dot in the middle is our tent for perspective on how gigantic said crevasse was. http://www.flickr.com/photos/33243403@N ... otostream/6670_6675 Tent E Ridge and Wadd 30p resize