Making pictures on a photowalk or hike should be enjoyable and relatively stress-free. One way to reduce your stress is to carry less equipment. A small kit makes your body lighter and helps you keep going longer. Bring a prime lens and stretch your vision by framing with your feet instead of lazily zooming in and out to frame a shot. This go-light method is terrific until you see a wonderful picture that just doesn't fit in the lens you brought. Fortunately, you've got tools available to help you make the most of even that tough … [Read more...] about Don’t Bring a Wide-Angle Lens, Just Make Panos
The way that Lightroom handles HDR images is very different than how tools like Photoshop or even Photomatix handle the HDR images. In fact, it will completely change your workflow inside of Lightroom. So, even if you don't think of yourself as an HDR photographer, open up your mind a bit, and what you'll find is that you'll have greater control over the final appearance of your images. Shooting Strategies Here are a few practical tips for HDR images. Here’s a free tutorial on how to shoot HDR — http://bit.ly/shoothdr Use a Tripod. … [Read more...] about Essential Steps to Creating an HDR Photo with Lightroom
I find myself using the term ‘HDR’ less and less every day. When I started as a panoramic photographer in 2002, I was continually frustrated because almost every 360º scene would have blown-out bright highlights or ‘blocked up’ shadows. Often I would have both of those extremes in the same scene because a camera can only capture so much dynamic range. Imagine being outside of a hotel where the sun is behind the building. The shadows are dark on the building, but I still need to capture the complete scene at a pool -- of course before crowds … [Read more...] about Should I say “HDR” anymore?
You should make a lot more panoramic photographs. It's a great way to capture a larger view of the world, and you don't need to buy a new lens. In fact, you'll find that a panorama gives a better view than simply using a wide angle lens because the objects far away are not diminished as much as they are with a wide angle lens. There are many options for stitching the pieces of the panorama together. For my work, I've found Lightroom is usually adequate, and Photoshop does it a little better. Those who make a living selling panoramas often … [Read more...] about Go Make A Panorama
A panoramic photographer doesn’t view the world in the same way as other photographers and planning a shot in all 360 glorious degrees changes nearly everything. I've been passionate about the 360º image for several years now and probably talk about it too much. Part of this talk is encouraging other photographers to add panoramic photography to their répertoire and helping those new to panoramic photography to get started. Hopefully the following examples of what a panoramic photographer would do will encouragement some to try it … [Read more...] about What would a Panoramic Photographer do?
Join Rob Sylvan and Levi Sim with their special guest Ron Pepper, a photographer who makes a living shooting panoramic and HDR photographs. Pepper puts these special photographic techniques to incredible uses, and he's a wiz. We'll show you what scenes make a great panorama or HDR, how to keep it organized, how to put it together and finish it off, all launching from Lightroom. Be sure to check out these excellent videos by Howard Pinsky for tips on using the new features built into Lightroom for making Panoramas and making HDR's, … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Panoramas and HDR with Ron Pepper
Category: Architecture/Landscape Photography by Nic Taylor Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr page. With a leaden sky clamping down on the valley, Nic Taylor captured a wonderful panorama which uses the mountains on each side to cradle the composition. From the lichen-dappled boulder in the foreground to the road and eventually the river, the viewers' eyes have a clear path to follow in this wonderful composition. Nic used restrained processing to retain the cool charm of the scene and the obvious connection between earth and … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Ogwen Valley
The new Boundary Warp feature within Lightroom CC can help you relatively seamlessly fill in the 'transparent' areas on your panoramas by intelligently warping the edges without distorting details. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZxB-majksM … [Read more...] about Boundary Warp in Lightroom CC
Adobe just introduced an update to Lightroom CC (v2015.4) with a new feature called Boundary Warp. Found inside the Panorama merge screen, Boundary Warp intelligently stretches the edges of a merged panorama so you don't have to crop as much of the final image. How Do I Merge a Panorama? Merging images as a Panorama used to be complicated and involved going into Photoshop. Not anymore...You can do it right from inside Lightroom. First, select the photos you want to merge into a panorama. Next, choose the Photo menu, then click Photo Merge … [Read more...] about Working with the New Boundary Warp Feature in Lightroom
In this free webinar, you'll learn the essential skills to create awesome looking panoramic photos. Join Photofocus editor Rich Harrington as he shows you how to shoot Panoramic images the right way (even without a tripod). Free Webinar: Creating Awesome Panoramic Photos We'll then jump into the most streamlined postproduction. You'll learn how to assemble panoramic photos with either Lightroom or Photoshop. We'll cover how to straighten your horizon and clone out gaps and mistakes with Photoshop. Plus you'll learn how to get awesome … [Read more...] about Free Webinar: Creating Awesome Panoramic Photos
Not everyone wants to take the time to stitch panoramic photos. And panoramic cameras, while still available, are exceedingly rare. If you want to make panoramic photos without all the fuss - use your friend the crop tool or better yet - shoot super wide and THEN crop. The image above was shot with a Fuji X-T1 and a Fuji 16mm lens. I cropped a bit off the top and bottom to give it more of a panoramic flare. It took seconds in Photoshop and boom - I had something I liked. When you want to shoot a wide scene, theres nothing wrong with using a … [Read more...] about The Lazy Person’s Guide To Shooting Panoramic Photographs
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick of Thursday 4/30, 2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, Noon Mountain, and 11:00am Pacific. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. I don't know which I'm more excited about, that RC Concepcion is coming on the show, or that he is going to help us explore the incredible new features in … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout with Special Guests RC Concepcion and the New Lightroom
Adobe released Lightroom CC/6 this week much to the delight of its loyal users. I put together a tutorial video that walks through a few of the new features, notably the new Brush tools with the Graduated Filter, auto pano stitching, and some other smaller odds and ends that you may have overlooked. If you have any questions about Lightroom, let me know in the comments section! … [Read more...] about Lightroom CC’s New Brush Feature For The Graduated Filter
Slightly less controversial than HDR, panoramas are also possible in Lightroom CC. Panoramic images are a series of shots that are stitched together to appear as one large image, that couldn't be captured with a single shot. Typically, a photographer will take one image, turn slightly, take another, and so on. Check out the video below to see how it's now done in Lightroom CC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_wV1Yav6wQ … [Read more...] about Panoramas in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
This morning Adobe announced a major update to Lightroom! The new version is called Lightroom CC, and is a part of the Creative Cloud. (For those of you not interested in using the Creative Cloud subscription service, it can still be downloaded as a standalone application, Lightroom 6.) The new update comes with some very much anticipated improvements, so let's take a look at some of the most impressive new feature's inside of Lightroom CC:HDR Merge Yes! Finally! We can merge HDR images inside of Lightroom! Photoshop is no longer a … [Read more...] about Say Hello to the NEW Adobe Lightroom CC!
Nikon D7100, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, F/16, 1/13s, ISO 160, five frame panorama. It's simple to make several pictures into one panorama, and I really think you should try it. Panoramas are usually wider than your average picture, and this is good because our daily view of the world is also very wide (just stretch your arms out to the sides and compare where you can see them compared to above and below your face). Photoshop makes it easy to stitch pictures together, and there are many other excellent applications that do it, too; but … [Read more...] about Panorama Tips and Must Have Tripod Features
I've been talking a lot about using primes lenses, lately (thanks LensRentals.com), and how great they are for growing your vision. I mentioned in the first post that when your prime lens is too limiting, you can shoot a panorama to get the view you desire. Well, I found myself on a rooftop in Chicago the other day (more on that below) and my widest lens was the terrific Olympus 17mm f/1.8 for Micro 4/3, which is similar to a 35mm lens on a full frame DSLR. However, when Chicago is spilling out before you on a beautiful night, it's just not … [Read more...] about Vertical Panos Beat Wide Lenses
If you're into Time-Lapse Video and Panoramic Photography, I'll be co-leading a workshop in Las Vegas in 10 days. Join me for both a classroom tutorial and a hands-on afternoon field trip to Red Rock Canyon Conservatory where you will capture shots of the park and sunset. Some shots from an earlier year's workshop: Attendees will learn the best practices and techniques for shooting time-lapse video and panoramic photography in one of the most scenic settings in the country. Registration includes round-trip transportation from the Las Vegas … [Read more...] about Join My Time-Lapse Video and Panoramic Photography Workshop
Our last podcast features Ron Pepper, a photographer who specializes in Panoramic and HDR photos. His company PanoramaNETWORK works globally to capture modern, 360 degree by 180 degree panoramic photography viewable by a variety of interactive players. Previously known as virtual tours, panoramic photography has become widely popular. It's a common form of commercial photography and used as sales tools by many businesses including, restaurants, clubs, schools, and interior designers. These groups often find it useful to to display … [Read more...] about More on Ron Pepper — Panoramic and HDR Photographer
You can also see the video here. Learn how to merge handheld panos and remove all distortion from the shot with Adobe Photoshop. The Photomerge feature in Photoshop is very forgiving of uneven shots, varying overlap, and even exposure changes. This feature works with almost any version of Photoshop you'll find installed today. http://vimeo.com/66529437 NOTE: This screen cast teaches AN approach to solving problems using various Adobe products. No claim is made that this is the ONLY way or even the BEST way. We are merely trying to show … [Read more...] about How to Merge Handheld Panoramic Photos
Whether you're using Photoshop CS6 or CC, this workflow will give you better looking panoramic photos. Learn to develop the raw files, get the best merge, then remove wide-angle distortion. _______ … [Read more...] about All Raw Panoramic Workflow
I just wrapped up two days in the desert shooting panoramic and time-lapse shots (much more to come). It was a part of two projects (some new training for Lynda.com which will be out soon and my NAB workshop). While in the field I had a chance to try out some new phone apps. One of the one's I put through the paces is 360 Panorama by Occipital. The app is available for both iOS and Android for only 99. It behaves in a way similar to Microsoft's Photosynth, but works very fast with excellent automatic clean-up and blending. Once you press … [Read more...] about A Cool Phone App for Panoramic Photos (Even 360˚ Shots)
Make sure you don't miss a single Photofocus post - point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. CROSS POSTED AT 3EXPOSURE.COM The Photomerge command lets you take several photographs and combine them into a seamless panoramic image. You can use the command to merge images that are tiled horizontally or vertically. Use the following steps to merge properly shot photos into a panoramic image. Choose File > Automate > Photomerge. You can also select multiple images in Adobe Bridge and choose Tools > … [Read more...] about How To Stitch Panoramics Using Photoshop
I'll never forget the first time I saw a panoramic photograph. It was as if I'd been frozen in place. I couldn't move away. I couldn't stop looking at it. Now it didn't hurt that these first panoramic images were by Joseph Meehan, a true artist by the way. But in any event, the sight of these pictures changed my photographic career. I have done panoramic work with actual panoramic cameras and with post processing tricks like stitching in Photoshop. Whichever you choose, don't forget one thing. Panoramas look great as verticals too. The … [Read more...] about Shooting Panoramics? Don’t Forget The Vertical
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Guest Post & Photos by Hal Schmitt http://lightworkshops.com/ The stitched panorama is an excellent tool to have at your disposal for several reasons. Whether you need to boost megapixels or capture a scene beyond your lens field of view the following guidelines will help you build a solid workflow. Camera Setup -Constant White Balance -You may use AWB but before the components are stitched ensure the WB are the same. -One shot focus -Single shot drive -Use continuous high if shooting HDR panorama -Constant Aperture and exposure … [Read more...] about Basic Stitched Panorama Guidelines & Workflow
Image and Post by Rick Sammon Here's the shortest tip that I have ever given: Shoot! The more pictures you take, and the more you experiment in the digital darkroom, the more creative you become and the more creative surprises you'll get. Here is one example. I was experimenting shooting panos at the New Croton Dam (five minutes from my house in Croton-on-Hudson, NY) with my Canon G10. My plan was to process these snapshots in Photoshop CS4's Photomerge (which is about a million times improved from earlier versions.) Due to the … [Read more...] about No Shoot, No Surprises!
If your creative vision has hit a wall or you are just bored with your photography, consider shooting with the panoramic format. While the panoramic camera is as old as photography itself, I was not aware of panoramic photography until 1995. At a photo workshop, the teacher (Joe Meehan) had images pasted on the wall that took my breath away. They were panoramic images of nature scenes, and I couldn't stop looking at them. That was when I decided to try panoramic photography. … [Read more...] about Panoramic Vision