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Friday, July 11, 2008

Joined up pictures

When shooting photos for a joined up image the most important thing is to plan the shot before hand, by this I mean take the shots for the project, not get home and pick shots taken as individual picture. When taking the shots,

  1. Set the 2 edges in your mind
  2. lock the exposure and focus for the whole set of shots, if your on digital take a shot of the middle that’s correctly exposed and focused and lock at that.
  3. Over lap the shots, the more the merrier.
  4. Try to pan smoothly, keeping the camera level.

Once done you should be left with a set of shots that should nearly fit together with out any computer help, like these.

The next steps take place on Photoshop CS3, it will differ on other software, but not by too much.

Select Automate, Photomerge.

I use the standard join most of the time, but try all of them to get the effect you want, select the images and hit go.

This is where the planning of the shot comes in handy, if you have taken the picture as directed the final image should be nearly perfect.

But in this case some of the people have moved giving a ghost of a shadow, a quick play with the clone stamp removed this, then you crop and save.


Mariah Byron Edgington said...

Interesting pix. Isn't it cool to learn you're not crazy, dumb & stupid? I was 39 when I found out --- ADHD & dyslexia. Check out this poem by Digby Wolfe, "Here's to the kids who are different." It hit home with me. Best to you.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

OMG! This is great! Thanks, Brett. I have CS2, which does have these two options. My first test was awful, but now I know what to do. Gosh! Thanks!

R2K said...

Looks so nice.

ShutterSpy said...

An aeroplane! Nice :-D I wish I had Photoshop to make panoramas. I could get great shots for my transport site :)

david mcmahon said...

Very interesting, Brett. I usedto do this with an old Ricoh film point-and-shoot, pre-digital and pre-imaging software.

Always an interesting challenge!

Anonymous said...

Woohoo, nice tutorial.

Scott said...

You should upload the final result in its full resolution. It's a cool photo.

Anonymous said...

Brett, this is VERY helpful! Thank you!!! I am anxiously waiting for my Nikon. We've been separated for a while. Lol.

Your pictures in this blog are amazing. I will be back!

Thanks for dropping by my blog!