Stair-Stepping Through a Panoramic Photograph

Hi Folks:

I’ve written a couple of posts before on panoramic photography; this one is about an idea, an experiment if you like, that I tried recently.

There’s a back story for this experiment, and that is that in the downtown area here there’s a panoramic mural on the side of a building that’s approximately 60 metres/ 200 feet long.  It’s a nice work, and I wanted to make a photograph of it.  It’s on the side of a building, and that side faces a parking lot.

Now most panoramic photographs have one basic thing in common, which is that the location of the camera doesn’t change.  If one is using a camera/ lens that’s capable of shifting, then those shifts can be used to capture more image area.  Otherwise one rotates the camera to capture each image that is rendered in the panoramic software.  I talked about this more in my Photo of the Month article for March.  I mostly use Autopano Pro for my panoramas and my HDR work; it works well for me for the most part.  I’ve also used Hugin, and more recently I’ve also played a bit with Adobe Photoshop CS5. Continue Reading →