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

Blogging to become a better photographer

The recipe
Before starting to write this first post, I had a quick look at first posts from a random selection of blogs. Most of them go by the following recipe: The author describes who (s)he is, what (s)he does and what’s going to be so unique about their blog, often topped off with a nice quote and a promise of much more to come.

I feel a bit like this fledgling Winter Wren: For the first time exploring a new world.

Nothing new under the sun
Within this setup, most authors try to come up with an original, unique first post, aspiring to bring in many readers. Unfortunately, with well over 150 million public blogs scattered over the world wide web (as tracked by http://www.blogpulse.com), that’s going to be tough these days. So rather than trying to come up with some unique concept for the first post, I decided to simply start doing what I plan on doing in most of my posts: Share my work and thoughts on photography and related topics. I’m sure that I’ll be learning along the way, and hopefully I’ll also teach some readers a thing or two. Continue reading