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Panorama Photos II

Here is another tip page about creating panorama photos. As stated before on the previous page, there are certain guidelines that should be followed in making successful panorama photos. I have found that a good tripod with a level helps, but you can take images for panoramas by hand-holding your camera while panning. It just makes getting the photos stitched together flawlessly into a smooth blended panoramic image a little more difficult, but it can be done. One last key element is to overlap each frame by about 1/3 from the previous one.

(Some of the newer point-and-shoot cameras have a panoramic setting built in, where you can pan the camera while holding down the shutter button and end up with a finished panoramic photo.)

photo #1 photo #2 photo #3 photo #4 photo #5
photo #6 photo #7 Using a leveled tripod, it took me a total of 21 seconds to capture all seven of these photos starting from the left and panning to the right overlapping each previous image by approximately 1/3.
merged photos

This is what the photos look like after being stitched together using Photomerge in Adobe Photoshop CS5.


The next step is to crop the panorama to get rid of the irregular edges and to square up the corners.


This is the finished image after making slight contrast and brightness adjustments in Photoshop CS5.

Click here to see a larger finished version of this panorama of Nashville, Tennessee taken Labor Day Weekend in 2013.

The seven original images used in the photomerge were each taken with a full-frame Nikon D700 camera mounted on a tripod with an AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm F/2.8D IF-ED lens at 46mm. The exposure for each image was 1/80 sec. at f/16 at ISO 200.

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