HOW TO MERGE IMAGES FOR A UNIQUE LOOK
1 Set up
Arrange your scene so the background is a distance away. This throws it out of focus slightly so your subject pops out. If snapping a person, they must keep still for the 30 seconds or so this takes. Seat your subject, or have them lean against a tree.
2 Go manual
Focus on the subject and flick your lens to manual focus to prevent it from adjusting exposure as you move across the scene. An easy way to do this is to meter off your subject’s face in aperture priority mode as you focus, and then transfer the settings across to manual.
3 Open fire!
Start in the bottom-left, moving to the right with each shot, then adjust upwards and shoot left horizontally. Keep going until you reach the top-right corner of your composition. We used a lens set to 70mm and f/5.6, and repeated the sequence four times to get it right.
Have a flick through the photos on your camera’s screen to check for any holes in your coverage. This is your chance to re-shoot. It’s important you take the00000000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000000
This is where shooting smaller files is an advantage. Open the images in Photoshop Elements. We did this on a MacBook Air with a dual-core i7 processor – owners of Macs with larger, faster chips will see it go faster, but be prepared for a bit of a wait.
Open Photoshop Elements (we’re using version 12, but Photomerge is available back to version 8). Go to the Enhance menu, and select Photomerge > Photomerge Panorama. Check Auto under Layout, click Add Open Files under Source Files, and Blend Images Together. Hit OK.
7 Crop and adjust
Check the image for processing artefacts (often they can be cleared with the Clone tool) then flatten and crop to your preferred aspect ratio. Bright areas have become overexposed, so bring these down with Levels or Shadows/ Highlights from the Enhance menu.