This week we are going to discuss a popular photographic trend: panoramic photos. The idea of wide format panoramas are nothing new. Specialized panoramic film cameras have been around for decades. With modern computer software, however, a specialized camera is no longer required. Anyone can now take a series of photos to create a stunning large format panorama. There are several software programs that will effortlessly combine your photos into a panoramic image. You may even have one included on the CD that came with your camera. One of the most popular photo editing programs is Adobe Photoshop Elements and all the recent versions include panoramic stitching capability.
There are a few tips that will help you create a successful panorama. The first tip is to make sure you have a generous amount of overlap between the photos (at least 20-30%). The second tip is that a telephoto lens setting will work better than a wide angle setting, because wide angle lenses tend to bow the edges of the subject. The sample photo of Edinburgh Castle at night is a series of six overlapping images taken with the zoom lens set to 145mm. A third tip is to set your exposure dial to M for Manual and also set the lens barrel to M or MF for Manual Focus. This ensures that the exposure and focus do not change from shot to shot. One final tip is to try to find a subject that is not moving. A field of flowers on a windy day will not work very well.
Once you have created your masterpiece, Jones Photo is the place to have it printed. We can print any shape of photo, so you do not need to worry if your panorama fits a standard size. And if computer software is not your thing, feel free to bring in the individual photos and let our graphics department create the panorama for you.