Make a panorama
Now is the perfect time to shoot landscapes, so Dan Mold explains how you can get professional results with a wide-spanning panorama.
Shoot and edit a widescreen landscape with this creative project.
US PHOTOGRAPHERS love to experiment, as finding new angles and styles is all part of the fun when creating a picture. No doubt you’ll be familiar with panoramas, especially now every smartphone and compact camera worth its salt has the ability to capture these extremely wide views. This is a quick and fun way of capturing the scene, but to get the best results you’ll need to use a creative camera such as a DSLR or CSC, and shoot in the larger RAW format for extra detail. This is more involved than simply waving your phone across the scene, but the extra effort is well worth it, producing highly detailed results.
Using a creative camera not only boosts your image quality via its larger sensor and lens, it increases your resolution too. For example, if you take five shots for your panorama and each image is 20MP you’ll end up with a final resolution close to 100MP. That’s impressive! The great news is that affordable software such as Lightroom and Photoshop CC make it possible to stitch your RAWs together so you can edit the pano just as you would a standard RAW file. But we’ll cover this later on.
Turn the page to see how you can capture the stills in-camera and bring it all together in Photoshop or Lightroom for professional results.
PANORAMIC SERIES OVERLAP EACH SHOT BY 30%
Left A total of five pictures were stitched together to create this wide-spanning vista of Rydal Water in the Lake District.
Far left The pictures in this panoramic series overlap each other by at least 30%, which gives the software a good chance of stitching them together. Left A single picture of the scene just doesn’t do the broad vista justice, with much of the location left out of the composition.