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Panoramic photography – LBD Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography #36 A Panoramic View

This week I took my first panoramic photograph! I didn’t expect it to be quite so easy to stitch together the photos.

When I was taking the pictures I had my camera on a tripod. I didn’t have a panning head on so I loosened the head just a touch so I would be able to swivel the camera on the tripod, worked out just fine. Started on the left side and took a picture, portrait style. I had the camera on live view to make sure I was over lapping each picture as I moved from left to right on the tripod. I overlapped at least 1/3 of each picture.

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Taking Panoramic Photos

1. Tripod (if there is a enough light to use a faster shutter speed you could handhold and pivot slowly to get all the pictures)
2. Make sure camera and tripod are level
3. Shoot in portrait orientation
4. Manual focus – focus 1/3 into your image and lock the focus there
5. Set your exposure on manual (if you’re not sure, set camera to aperture priority first to see what your settings would be and then lock those in on manual. You don’t want the exposure to change in every image)

Now for editing – I used photoshop CS4, but I see a lot of people using PTGui and saw some popular free ones Hugin and ArchSoft Panorama Maker that had good reviews.

Photoshop CS4 Settings to edit a panoramic photo:

1. Instead of jumping into lightroom to edit first I went straight to Photoshop, so I created a folder and added all the pano shots to it.
In PhotoshopCS4 –
2. File – Automate – Photomerge
3. From there I choose auto on the layout and added pictures, clicked o.k.
4. Photoshop did its magic and opened the picture as one. I cropped out the image and adjusted the contrast.

I think next time I would like to do two rows of pictures instead of one row. I would like a little more height on the picture itself.
A nice quick video on how to take panoramic photos!

This is a very quick video to get you started:

Remember you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Next week on Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #37 – Practicing with a diffuser



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