Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lesson 1

This is the beginning of a series I'm working on. It's pretty self-explanatory. Hope you enjoy.

Also, a little recap. If there's anything on the site that you enjoy and feel you would like to own, just send me an email and we can get it done. Very reasonable pricing.
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Panorama Lesson

It's been a while since I've shown some panoramas but today's pano's are for educational purposes only. The first is meant to be an example of how you can make a pano, that isn't instantly recognized as one. At first it looks like a wide angle photo, but with very little distortion. it's actually a 3 part panorama. The second photo is a warning; zoom! A panorama works best if the photos are as un-distorted as possible. So the angles are the same from photo to photo. To do this, you need to zoom in. As much as possible. The drum kit pano was made as wide-angle as my lens can go (the opposite of what i just advised). So it was really close, and the photos are actually bent. You can't tell very much in a single photo, but in a panorama it causes blur and warping. Look at the cymbals, they are warped and distorted very badly. Even the drums are warped, and at one point you can even see a line between two of the photos. If the camera was farther away from the kit that wouldn't have happened.

Especially with some of the new cameras coming out now, that can create a panorama within the camera (still amazes me to see it happen), pano's are becoming less and less rare. Therefore the novelty has nearly worn off. Which means that the normal rules of photography will start to come into effect to balance out the sheer number of panoramas. If everyone can make them, then it becomes a matter of quality and skill to create a pano that people will enjoy. Composition, colour, and quality will very soon become even more essential in panorama photography.
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