Quick Digital Imaging Tip 2/101: Use Photomerge in Photoshop to Create Panos

This is tip #2 of 101 digital imaging tips I plan to post here over the next few months.

Use Photomerge in Photoshop to create cool panos.

Pano tips:
• Use a steady tripod.
• Set your camera to manual exposure and set the exposure for the brightest part of the scene.
• Position your camera vertically.
• Overlap each scene by 1/3.
• Keep the horizon line level.

If you are very serious about shooting panos, check out these pano heads from Induro.

The pano shown here:
• Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah. Not far from Arches National Park.
• 5 frames.
• Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40mm zoom.

Explore the light,

Pano + HDR = Dynamic Duo

Click on the image for a larger view. Note: Images on this blog don't have the same vibrancy as the original images.

If you have not tried Photomerge (panorama feature) in Photoshop... what are you waiting for? Or as my grammar school nuns would say, For what are you waiting? :-)

Anyway, if you have not tried HDR photography, that's right, For what are you waiting?

And... if you have not combined HDR imaging with Photomerge, well... you get the point.

The middle and bottom panos here are a combination of several straight-out-of-the-camera shots.

The top pano is a combination of 3 bracketed exposures of 5 different shots.

The basic process:
1) Shoot your HDR images (using a tripod of course).
2) Process each set of images in Photomatix. (You can get a 15% discount on Phototmatix by using this code upon checkout: Ricksammon.)
3) Use Photoshop's Photomerge to combine your HDR images.

For an even more dynamic image, try processing it with Topaz Adjust, as I did on the top pano. Topaz Adjust is not a true HDR program, but it can add a sense of depth and dimension to your images.

By the way, all 3 panos were shot with my Canon G10.

We'll be shooting the Buddhist temple during my Croton Workshop.

The nun photo? Well, I just wanted to show you what I went through as a kid!

See the light,
P.S. "Never end a sentence with a preposition." Sister Lucia