Saturday, October 10, 2009

Photomerge for Landscape

When doing a landscape photography, with so many details in the picture, how can we show all of them as sharp as possible? This is what I set out to do today to try the often mention technique of photomerge to increase the pixel density of the picture. This picture was photomerged by Photoshop CS4 using two photographs taken by Nikon D700 and 80-400 mm VR lens at 175 mm. With the telephoto lens, I can count on that each photo will have very fine detail of the landscape. When two picture merged, I have a broad view of the scene with the same kind of detail. I can enlarge the female figure in the picture to see her facial expression without any difficulty.

If I set out to do this picture using the D700, a 12 megapixel camera using only one picture, since the picture has a dimension of 1:3 as compare to the original format of 4:6, the picture would only have 1/2 of the original pixel size, 6 megapixel. On the other hand, the merged photograph has about 20 megapixel. It is even larger than the picture from the 24.5 megapixel camera D3x, because when the picture from D3x is trimmed to 1:3 dimension, it will have only 12.25 megapixel.

Some details of the technique: 1. Try to use the same exposure for both pictures; 2. Try to place the focusing point for both pictures at the overlapping area; 3. Try to use telephoto lens to get the detail; 4. Try to us "cylindrical" during photomerge in Photoshop CS4.

We will go to Yosemite latter next week to shot landscape for fall color. We hope we will put this technique into good use.


Q said...

Great idea!
Will check back to see your autumn Landscapes.

Stine in Ontario said...

I didn't know there's a camera that shoots this shape photo. How cool!


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