How to shoot panoramas – step by step
July 17, 2012
In this step by step guide we show you how to shoot panoramas and how to use stiching software to knit the images together.
To create the panoramic you will need to overlap your images by about one-third to allow your stitching software to create seamless joins on the final image
How to shoot panoramas: Step One
How to shoot panoramas: Step Two
How to shoot panoramas: Step Three
How to shoot panoramas: Step Four
How to shoot panoramas: Step 5
How to shoot panoramas: Panorama stitching software
The software needed to create panoramics from your images has advanced greatly over the years. Adobe Photoshop CS2 was the first to have a feature built in and the latest CS4 tool is fantastic and allows stitching to be a doddle.
At more than £500, this may seem an expensive option, but other cheaper options including Elements 8 and PTGui are available.
Panorama stitching software: Step 1
Prepare your images on the computer. If shooting Raw, batch process the images with identical settings so they all receive the same adjustments and place all the images of the sequence in a new folder.
Panorama stitching software: Step 2
Open Photoshop and go to File > Automate > Photomerge and locate the folder that contains the images. Select the layout style you want (Auto usually works the best) and make sure the Blend Images Together box at the bottom is ticked. Then click OK and let the software do its magic.
Panorama stitching software: Step 3
Crop the edges to make the image tidy and then flatten the layers (Layer > Flatten Image). Make any necessary adjustments, like cloning, until you are happy with the final image. Finally, save the file as a high-res JPEG or Tiff.
AUTHOR: Craig Roberts