Cool Tip When Creating Panoramic Images

Cool Tip When Creating Panoramic Images

When creating panoramic images we usually think about series of overlapping shots in a row. Most of the time that's ok and everything works perfectly, but what if you are too close and you cannot step back? In that case you may end up with lost details which you want to include or with heavy retouching. That's also ok, we have all necessary tools, but you can avoid additional work. The only thing that really matters is overlap and little bit of concentration while taking shots, everything else will be handled by smart guys: Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements or Adobe Camera Raw.

Overlap is important, the order does not matter

When taking shots for panoramic images you should be concentrating on a task and to take enough shots with enough overlap. The order of images does not play important role, but it is a good habit to shoot in some order like: one down - two up - two down - two up...

I also did one test with images in three rows and basically random order because I have missed one shot somewhere in the middle. It does work perfect as you can see on the screenshot below.
Panorama with 3 rows of images


You are not limited to one continuous row

So the conclusion is that you are not limited to images taken in one continuous row as most of the time we are taking photographs for panoramas.
Panorama using images in multiple rows

When it comes handy to know this tip

Sometimes you will be too close and the panorama will need additional details, additional work and even heavy retouching or compositing. That's all ok, but you can minimize work and time spent to get the desired output.

Here is one example, with basically stacked images one on top of another. I could go back in this case but... I was happy that I didn't have too. In this example I have 4 images merged.
Example with images stacked one on top of another


And here is another example where I could also go back, but you wouldn't be able to see this panorama and read this post. I was on the edge of the fortress which is 5m high from the ground. In this example I am using 14 images to create panorama. If you do not scale down images then it may take a while to create panorama, but that's expected, right? You can continue doing something else while Lightroom is doing its job.
14 images used to create panorama

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