Tips for Stitching Photos

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    If you’ve taken photos of huge landscapes or spectacular vistas, stitching various photos together will produce a wonderful panoramic view. When using photo stitching software, for the greatest amount of success, there are still a few things to remember:

    1. Avoid Too Much Overlap
    The more one photo overlaps with another, the harder your stitching software will have to work to match the images and the likelier it is that noticeable blurring may occur. This is especially the case if you are capturing lots of detail in the foreground or middle ground.
    Digital camera users should also compensate for any differences between what you see in the viewfinder or on your LCD screen and what actually ends up appearing in the photo. Unless your camera has TTL (through the lens) image capture, and most don't, there will be some variation. Once you figure out what that variation is, it will be easy enough to compensate for it.

    2. Maintain Height, Angle and Position
    Use the same height and angle for each photo and take each photo from the same spot. Unless you are using a tripod, it will be difficult to be totally accurate with this. Simply remember that the more differentiation there is between the height and angle of each photo, the smaller your end product will end up being and the likelier it becomes that it will include distortion.

    3. Balance Brightness
    Since taking multiple shots of the horizon often means having the sun's light entering your camera at different angles and levels of intensity, the resulting photos will usually show the sky at dramatically different levels of brightness. While some difference is OK and even natural, it is better to balance brightness levels somewhat before stitching photos together.
     

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