52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 8 | Landscape: Wide Angle / Panorama
“WEEK 8: Landscape: Wide Angle / Panorama: This is a great opportunity to explore panorama stitching and create a wide sweeping landscape.”
This week’s 52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 8 may have created a little bit of concern to those of you who don’t know how to stitch photos together to create a panorama. Or maybe you don’t even know how to take the actual photos.
To take the actual photos you just have to stay in one place, don’t move. Only pivot from your waist up, and start shooting. Keeping in mind to frame your next photo where the previous one ended. And you pivot from left to right (or vice-versa) and cover the whole scene with whatever photos you might need.
To stitch all these photos together you’ll need a software such as Photoshop or Lightroom. With Photoshop you might get a more accurate panorama, but I find Lightroom to be the easiest one. And so far I think it has done a very good job that I don’t have to put the extra work on Photoshop to get the same result.
So on Lightroom what you’ll have to do, is select all of the photos that make the entire scene, and click on the Photo tab on the menu on top of everything. Then click on Photo Merge and then select the Panorama option. A window will open, that will create a Panorama preview for you. The preview will be better if you take the photos correctly. If you moved your camera up and down between shots, moving the horizon up and down, etc. The preview will look horrible. If you only shifted from side to side, maintaining the horizon in place, your preview will be great.
I always choose the Spherical Projection button. And have the Auto-Crop ticked. When you have it ready just click on Merge. And you’ll be left with a new photo that is the Panorama version of all your single photos of the scene.
I hope my explanation made sense to you. If not let me know in the comments if you want a video tutorial for a future post explaining how to do it in detail.
52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 8
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