This week your challenge is to create a stitched panorama or a vertorama (vertical panorama). I am emphasizing “stitched” because in a future challenge I will be building on that skill. (Note: If you create a panorama using a phone app this week, you might not have the skills you will need to complete the future challenge I have planned.) Your panorama/vertorama can be of any subject you choose. For example, in a previous panorama challenge from 2009, the sample images include an aisle in a bookstore, the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC as well as a C-5 Galaxy aircraft. Vertoramas are currently popular for photographing the inside of cathedrals, but can also create unique landscape images.
Panoramas/vertoramas are a good choice whenever you find yourself wanting to capture more of a scene than you can capture in a single frame. They are also useful if you know that you will print a very large image because stitching multiple images together is effectively increasing the megapixels of your resulting photo.
There are two parts to creating a stitched panorama/vertorama:
- Taking the photos. There are special considerations when taking the photos, e.g. consistent exposure as well as how much to overlap, that will greatly affect your success with step 2.
- Stitching the photos together.
There are of course numerous tutorials online that explain in detail how to accomplish these steps. Here are a couple that I think are particularly helpful:
- Panoramic Photography Tutorial
- How to Shoot and Stitch a Panorama Photo
- How to Shoot Panoramic Photos for Better Landscape Images
- How to Shoot Vertical Panoramas (Vertoramas)
As for software to stitch the photos together, here is an article listing a number of options (some of which are free): Best Panorama Software for Stitching Images. I personally have had good luck with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, though there have been a couple of times I was unable to get them to work. In those cases I found Microsoft ICE to be very good and easy to use. (Microsoft ICE is free, but it is Windows-only. There are other options listed in the link above that include software for Mac.)
To recap this week’s challenge:
- Create a stitched panorama/vertorama made from at least five photos. The choice of subject is up to you.
- Post your photo during the week of Sunday, April 21 and Saturday, April 27.
- Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” Thank you!
The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:
- Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
- Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo: #2019photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
- Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2019 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.