How To Create Amazing Panoramic Landscape Images

PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine|February 2020

How To Create Amazing Panoramic Landscape Images
In this project Peter Travers shows you how easy it is to create amazing panoramic landscape images with camera and Photoshop techniques

What we see with our eyes – thanks to our peripheral vision – is a lot more than even the widest wide-angle lens. So sometimes it can be frustrating that you see a beautiful, expansive scene in front of you, but you simply can’t capture it all in one image with your Canon gear. This is when you need to create a panoramic image – which is made by taking several shots of the scene from left to right, and then stitching all the images together in Photoshop for one big, wide panoramic image.

There are few essential steps to take to ensure a successful panorama picture. Try and shoot with your back to the sun so that the scene is evenly lit throughout.

Avoid shooting with a really wide focal length to avoid barrelling at the edges of each image – this distortion will also end up needing to be cropped when you create the panorama. We shot on a full-frame Canon EOS 5DS and at 24mm on a 24-105mm lens – if you’re using an APS-C camera try to shoot at approximately 18mm or above.

Use a tripod to make your life easier – we’re using a Manfrotto XPRO-3WG head which is great for rotating the camera and also using the micrometric knobs for accurate moving the camera the same increments for each image. We also show you how use the clever Merge to HDR Panorama setting in Photoshop CC to create a Raw (.dng) panoramic image to edit for better results…

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February 2020