100 Megapixel Fast Panoramics – Photoshop

click for larger version of Seattle Panoramic

The above image was something I quickly shot off the Pier across from Seattle. (Click the image above for a larger version) The original image stitched from 5 RAW 22 Megapixel images was HUGE!! I had to scale it down quite a bit for the web. For those who aren't rockin' big DSLR's, you can get very nice 100 Megapixel Panoramics from a decent point and shoot too. Just take several photos and stitch them together.

So now that many DSLR videographers are branching into Photography, I thought I'd share one of my favorite Panoramic tips. Photoshop has ways of stitching several photos together to make a Panoramic image, but in the past that feature didn't work so well. Using it Photoshop CS3 or newer works quite well, even in balancing exposure. The feature can be found in Photoshop by clicking File > Automate > Photomerge.

What you'll need to do is just take a series of photos from side to side (leaving a bit of overlay in between for cleaner stitching), and make sure you shoot the images in proper series so Photoshop can line them up from 1,2,3,4,5, and so on.

If you want even more professional looking panoramics, you need to find the 'No Parallax' point. The video below will explain this better, but you'll basically need a special tool to keep the center of the lens lined up. These special Panoramic heads also work pretty cool with Video too. You can find some common Panoramic Photogrphy Brackets by clicking here.

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