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Panorama | What Is It? How Do I Make A Panorama on Photoshop?

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A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

We will be creating the image of the runners
above. This image was printed as a 10ftx30ft digital
image for Mizuno, USA‘s booth at the Atlanta Track Club’s,
Peachtree Road Race Expo
.

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BACKGROUND
Mizuno, USA commissioned us, the good folks at Convex, to create a 10ft x 30ft digital image for their booth at the Atlanta Track Club's Peachtree Road Race Expo. So, we called our good friends at Aperturent to procure a Nikon D4s and Zeiss 55mm lens. If you are just getting into this sort of thing, a prosumer body + lens will do just fine.Lets define what a panorama is in the first place, if you don't know. 

What does Panorama even mean?
[pan-uh-ram-uh, -rah-muh] 
A panorama, defined by Dictionary.com, is:
  1. An unobstructed and wide view of an extensive area in all directions;
  2. An extended pictorial representation or a cyclorama of a landscape or other scene, often exhibited a part at a time and made to pass continuously before the spectators;
  3. A building for exhibiting such a pictorial representation;
  4. A continuously passing or changing scene or an unfolding of events: the panorama of Chinese history
  5. A comprehensive survey, as of a subject.
For the sake of this how-to, we will be dealing, primarily, with the first and second definitions procured from Dictionary.com, "an unobstructed and wide view of an extensive area in all directions."

FIRST THINGS FIRST
First, you should be aware of your camera settings (aperture, iso, and shutter speed). Generally speaking, when you are shooting a panorama, a maximum depth-of-field should be applied. Anywhere from f/8 - f/22. This will give you the most detail. You can also try for some funky effects by shooting wide open at f/2.8. 
The project we were commissioned for was a little tricky. We had to capture the facade of a building located along the route where the Atlanta Track Club running route. This meant no distractions in the picture. It had to be a clean shot without any people lurking in the background, or cars driving by. So, our team's call time had to be before the sun came up, which meant for less crowds and minimal traffic. With it being the middle of the night/early morning, we had to adjust our settings a bit to allow for optimum exposure. Once we had the location and facade we wanted to shoot, we began with a few test shots until we found our sweet spot. Then, by placing the camera on the tripod, we began taking images in sequence from left to right until the whole frame was filled. This is done with the idea of stitching the images back together in photoshop.

PHOTOMERGE IN PHOTOSHOP

Now that we have procured our image in-camera, it was time to take it back to the lab start on the post-production in photoshop. Check out this video below to see exactly what we did:
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Again, here is the final result!
As you can see, the process wasn't that difficult, but it was hard trying to stay awake so early in the morning! Coffee always helps! Anyway, feel free to let us know what you think or if there is anything you would like to see a tutorial on. 

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