Join Justin Reznick for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking a JPEG panorama to compose, part of Photography Tips: Overcoming Camera and Lens Limitations.
- The ultimate goal is to have technology improve these limitations and therefore get the functionality in the camera. As it is today, we use a combination of techniques with the camera in post-processing to give us a different aspect ratio. If we look at examples set by smart phones and compact cameras, they usually come with a panorama mode, and it's very common, especially for mirrorless bodies to have that, and the Sony A7R Mark 2 does, and so what I'm gonna do is flip this dial to the pano mode.
What it's really great for is creating a JPEG preview. I'm not gonna get a high resolution raw, so this really is just about kinda serving the scene and deciding whether or not I want to set up on the tripod and go for the best shot possible. What we see here is a bluff with a beautiful tree on the left, and the Pacific Ocean, so I want to get a pano kinda right across that area, and in addition to the Sony I'm using a 70 to 200 millimeter telephoto lens, and I'm somewhat more closer to the wide side, closer to 70, because when you shoot a panorama, we want to be wider so that we have the option to crop in a little bit.
Once the camera is in pano mode, I'm gonna come up here and basically follow directions on screen. It's a very automated process, so let's go ahead and do a preview pano. Okay, so my first attempt I went too fast, and what's great is the camera gives you feedback and says, hey, slow down, similar to what you may get on your smart phone.
So as I look at the preview, it is exactly what I'm looking for, but I need to now create this image in a raw format in the best quality possible. So let's bring in the tripod and do that next.
- Focus stacking
- Post-processing a focus-stacked image in Photoshop or Helicon Focus
- Creating high-res panoramas in camera
- Editing panoramas in Photoshop
- Exposure blending for HDR images
- Editing and processing an exposure blend