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Derek T. Dirks

Seasonal Panoramas

I am planning on making a panorama of the farmland outside my town for my dad's Christmas present next year. What I am going to do is take pictures of the same spot for each of the four seasons, and then I'll combine them together in one panoramic picture. I have a Mac and the only photo editing program I have is iPhoto. My first question is will Photoshop Elements for Mac be able to accomplish this? If so, what are some things that I need to figure out in photoshop to do this? (I am a beginner with Photoshop when it comes to these kinds of things)

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12/4/2007 9:12:25 AM

Hi Derek,

here's a tip: if you shoot wide angle shots, the extremities of your photos will be distorted, making it hard, if not impossible, to join them to the next photo. So you had better shoot medium telephoto shots (between 100mm and 150mm focal length) to mitigate image distortion.

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12/4/2007 10:13:15 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  That's not what he's planning, I don't think.
He wants to just join the same picture together, four of them. It's actually easier than cutting Victoria Secrets photos out and pasting them on the wall.(they keep talking about the fashion show on Inside Edition)
You need to figure out changing canvas size, the selection tool, cutting and pasting, and some minor familiarity with layers.

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12/4/2007 2:51:07 PM

Derek T. Dirks   Actually both those responses are going to be very helpful. Thanks.

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12/5/2007 10:06:01 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Follow what will said if you ever plan on doing a true panoramic. Although you can use focal lengths smaller than 100mm. Don't go below 50mm though.
For what you want to do, focal lengths aren't going to matter.

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12/6/2007 9:02:12 AM

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