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Photomerge Step by Step - Shibuya from the Metro

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Shibuya is always busy - day and night, in the streets or in the metro. People move, taxis and buses move, and all of these seem to be in your trajectory. How such chaos can be so orderly, one can only ask the Japanese. The photo was taken from the metro bridge you can see when sitting in the Shibuya square Starbucks. Stuff is happening so quickly you can only keep your finger on the shutter remote, and hope for the best...

Unless you have a very expensive lens, taking panoramic photos is a matter of taking multiple photos and stitching them together. It's a long process, and when you do it in HDR, it gets even longer. Here is how I normally do it...

First of all I determine my panorama, and then I take a few photos of it - a piece at a time - so that there is overlap in the image. Then I do my HDR thing in Photomatix. Below are the three shots that I obtained from my HDR process, but before stitching them. You can see how there is definite overlap...

BTW - I'm starting to realize that the more overlap, the better.



As you can see, there is plenty overlap. Now - you need to have Photoshop CS4 or CS5 to continue. Open Adobe Bridge, and within bridge select the photos you want to turn into a panorama. Like so:


Then use Photomerge, like so...
Click: Tools - Photoshop - Photomerge


The files will be loaded into Photoshop - select AUTO to make the process of building the panorama start.
Once done - you will get a number of layers equal to the amount of photos you are stitching. Below, on the bottom right of the Photoshop screen, you can see three layers.


Now, right click on the layers (highlighter as they are in the image), and select: Merge.

The layers will merge and you will be able to crop the image the way you want, in order to avoid the perspective distortion (the angles going upwards).


The below is the result of plain HDR processing and photomerging.

You're reached my lost photos - this is a mish mash of experiments :) Feel free to browse, then return to www.runningronin.com for more photos and posts. And thanks for the support!

Et voila'... you have a panorama! You can now go shoot some cool stuff, photomerge it use some of the great canvas printing sites, like Canvas Press, to get it printed out and hang it on your bed :)

As for me, I'm going to continue playing with the photo and open up Topaz! So stick around from some post production nuttyness...

First, I want details to come out. Using Topaz Adjust I'll go ahead and use it's Medium Details preset.


With some details popping and a bit more color contrast... time to do some serious messing around and open up Topaz Clean. I'm going to use the Crisp Style preset...

This below is the "original" as seen in Topaz Clean.


This after is the "after" Crisp style is applied. I just heart this effect.


And now we get to the photo I had at the top of this post. Having used Topaz Clean, I avoided de-noising.

Hi and thanks for visiting my gallery page! These photos are from my travels - if you want to learn more about how I take these shots and who I learn from, visit http://www.runningronin.com.

And since I'm an unorthodox nutjob that is using editing tools that would have Duke Photoshop the Third and the Count of Topaz rolling in their grave made of lenses and sacrificed cameras... here below you can see some more outputs of playing mad scientist with onOne and Topaz:

A details of the square:



A square shot with a vintage yet psycho effect...

You're reached my lost photos - this is a mish mash of experiments :) Feel free to browse, then return to www.runningronin.com for more photos and posts. And thanks for the support!

A vertical shot, with a frame effect that makes it look like a calendar photo (yeah... LAME!)

You're reached my lost photos - this is a mish mash of experiments :) Feel free to browse, then return to www.runningronin.com for more photos and posts. And thanks for the support!



Do you like any of the crazy experiments? Personally I prefer the top "detail" one :)


And as always, all photos were taken with my Nikon D90:)

A few suggestions:
If you like Topaz and want to learn more (or buy it) visit Stuck in Customs first. Trey has some great reviews and has discount coupons!

For a great panorama tutorial, go visit Blame The Monkey for an awesome explanation of the stitching process and great advice.
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