Panorama photography

In today’s post we’ll have a look at a type of photography that is very popular these days: Panorama photography. What is panorama photography? In theory: Capturing images that show a lot. In practice: A type of photography in which multiple overlapping images are stitched together, creating one large image. Where this was very difficult to do in the film days, nowadays, with digital files, it’s relatively easy with specialized software. With panoramas, we tend to think of wide, horizontal landscapes, but panoramas could also be vertically stitched images, or images stitched together both horizontally and vertically, sometimes creating a 360 degree view!

Hugin
A while ago, my friend Julien showed me the free photo stitch software by Hugin. With Hugin “you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more”. Before I got to know this software, I had never taken the time to really dive into the world of panorama photography. Since I learned that I didn’t need expensive software (like Adobe CS5) to create panoramas, I started reading up a bit more and actually trying it.In this post I’ll share the great challenge of panorama photography with you. Before I do that, you should understand why you would do panorama photography to begin with. It will be from a dslr camera point of view, but most concepts can be applied to other systems as well. Continue reading

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Panorama teaser

Now that work has wound down a bit, I’ve finally got some time to work on finishing my post on panorama photography. I’m going to have some schematic examples in the article, but since we just got some fresh snow, I decided to get some real field examples this morning before work.

If you want to find out how I created this panorama, check back on Sunday, when I’ll have a full article on how to do panorama photography. Although the cropped images don’t do the full size images justice (due to file size restrictions on this blog), I’m sure I can convince those who are new to panorama photography to start trying it!

Don’t forget to click on the image to enlarge it. A second click will let you zoom in even more, try to spot the Alps on the horizon… and is that someone coming out of the shed?