DIG­I­TAL DARKROOM

TAKE A WIDER VIEW

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If in-cam­era panorama func­tions don’t quite cut it for you, how about cre­at­ing your own? Our dig­i­tal im­age edit­ing guru, Jon Adams, ex­plains the pro­ce­dure, tak­ing you through it step-by-step us­ing Pho­to­shop CC.

As a pho­tog­ra­pher, you’ve no doubt been struck by the enor­mity of a broad vista, only to feel frus­trated that you can’t cap­ture the drama of the whole scene with your lens. If you’re car­ry­ing an ul­tra­w­ide op­tic, fit­ting it will help you squeeze in more de­tail, but there will al­ways be times when its an­gle of view sim­ply isn’t wide enough. There’s no rea­son to be dis­heart­ened when faced with this sit­u­a­tion though, be­cause with a lit­tle knowl­edge of Pho­to­shop’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties, you can make any lens as wide as you like, and cap­ture the scene us­ing a se­quence of mul­ti­ple shots.

To en­sure you get a good re­sult, a dis­ci­plined ap­proach is needed at the cap­ture stage. But the cam­era setup is by no means dif­fi­cult, and a lit­tle prac­tice will yield ex­cel­lent re­sults af­ter just a few at­tempts. Over the page, we’ve

out­lined in de­tail all the steps you need to take with your cam­era and Pho­to­shop CC to shoot and stitch fan­tas­tic panora­mas. While panorama-stitch­ing has been avail­able for some time within Pho­to­shop, a rel­a­tively re­cent ad­di­tion now makes it pos­si­ble to pro­duce panora­mas as RAW files. This gives a brand new set of ad­van­tages for pho­tog­ra­phers, as you can use all the fea­tures and func­tions within Adobe Cam­era Raw to pro­duce the best look­ing im­age.

The cu­ri­ous thing is, this pow­er­ful op­tion is ac­cessed from a menu that’s al­most hid­den within the Adobe Cam­era Raw in­ter­face, but by fol­low­ing our step-by-step tech­nique, you’ll find out where it is and how to use it to un­leash the power of a multi-shot panorama.

It’s a bril­liant tech­nique to add to your imag­ing reper­toire, and once you’ve got it cracked, you’ll al­ways have a wider lens to call on, no mat­ter what op­tic you have fit­ted.

6 ver­ti­cal shots have been merged into a new panoramic RAW file, giv­ing an ul­tra-wide, high res­o­lu­tion im­age.

Six sep­a­rate shots were taken in a left-to-right di­rec­tion to pro­vide the source files for the panorama above.

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