S T I T C HI N G PA N OR A MAS
Many of Miss Aniela’s Surreal Fashion images are the result of stitching several frames together in Photoshop. Here she describes her method…
You stitch panoramas. Why and how do you do this?
Often I’ll stitch a lot of shots to show more of the location rather than use a wider lens. In the recent Belvoir Castle shoot, those are examples of using stitching for all three of the resulting shots, apart from the close-ups of the models. In one shot you have the model on the bed, then I’ll stitch on the other side of the room so you have the bed on one side captured in one frame and then a bit more of the room in the other frame to achieve the depth of field I want on her and prevent the distortion I’d get from just using a wide-angle lens.
The tricky thing with being in love with the location is you want to get the model and the location in one shot, making room for them both. Sometimes you end up with slightly weird perspectives, but that’s what I want because the criteria for an interior shot aren’t the same as for a fashion model shot. The whole shot bends towards the model a little bit more and the room warps behind her. That happens in quite a few of my images, but that’s intentional because it’s got to be about her as much as it can, while also showing the location around her.