#557. pano(D)rama

#557. pano(D)rama

This is a first reaction to our #555. Force for Positive Change call for reader engagement. Is it a guest post by Oliver, describing his trials and tribulations in creating wide-angle shots and panoramas. It is important for 2 reasons :   (1) Stitching is a greatly underrated technique that

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#396. Exploring the A7rII, by a Sony newcomer

#396. Exploring the A7rII, by a Sony newcomer

My first two weeks with the Sony a7Rii have been a mix of expected and unexpected frustration, balanced with expected and unexpected images and ease of workflow. Unlike many reporters, I had never previously used any Sony camera, nor do I own a single “legacy” lens. I tend to sell

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#370. Panorama Freedom – Discovering LightRoom 6

#370. Panorama Freedom – Discovering LightRoom 6

The LightRoom vs Capture 1 debate will rage on for as long as photographers use computers to view and process their work. Both have their supporters, C1 appealing to a more purist crowd, and LR winning on convenience. I’m ashamed to admit laziness to switch to C1 has trumped ultimate

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#350. On location: Cap Bear to Paulilles

#350. On location: Cap Bear to Paulilles

Continuing the crusade to prove that there is more to travel photography than orbiting famous landmarks, here’s the “there’s more to France than the Eiffel Tower” installment. For this “On location” post, I’d like to describe a lovely coastal walk in the South of France. Starting off at the Cap

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#287. The Susans’ day out.

#287. The Susans’ day out.

It’s just past seven on a dark, wet and chilly morning and I’ve dragged my less than svelte being up what seemed like several thousand steps to the entrance of Sacre Coeur, where I am due to meet co-DS-blogger Pascal. I find him on the steps of this huge church,

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#262. Markus Renner on formats, composition and learning

#262. Markus Renner on formats, composition and learning

Markus Renner is an award-winning photographer from Austria whose images appeal to me a great deal because of their composition and out of time quality. In this interview, we discuss his format choices and decision-making process. All images are copyright Markus Renner and all link to the Purity Gallery on

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#257. 7 Ways to Create Stunning Photo Panoramas: 3/3

#257. 7 Ways to Create Stunning Photo Panoramas: 3/3

For this final instalment on creating photo panoramas, I kindly ask the more scientific-minded reader look away for a minute … Ahem. Part 1 is all about creating a single frame panorama. Part 2 is all about stitching multiple frames into a panorama. Now, here are two techniques that many

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#255. 7 Ways to Create Stunning Photo Panoramas: 2/3

#255. 7 Ways to Create Stunning Photo Panoramas: 2/3

In this second episode of a 3-part article on creating photo panoramas, I am focusing on stitching techniques, i.e. techniques involving multiple frames assembled into one. This can be done automatically in camera or manually in post-processing software. Part 1 (techniques involving a single frame) is online here.   3)

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#253. 7 Ways to Create Stunning Photo Panoramas: 1/3

#253. 7 Ways to Create Stunning Photo Panoramas: 1/3

Part 2 is here / Part 3 is here. Photo panoramas can be gorgeous on a wall because they create a much more palpable sense of dynamism than other formats do. The 3:2 aspect ratio most of us use in APS or 24×36 is a convenience legacy from the very

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#137. When is it art ?

Which of the two pictures below (if any) would you consider to be art ? Both are quick evaluations of the potential of a panorama, to determine whether it is worth spending more time on the picture or not. The first, above, is a quick and dirty alignment in Photoshop

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