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Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting Panoramas

Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting Panoramas

According to Wikipedia,

Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. The term has also been applied to a photograph that is cropped to a relatively wide aspect ratio.”

One of the most dramatic “panos” that I’ve ever seen is the one below showing the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fire which destroyed much of San Francisco.

Rather than being a single image, it is a composite “stitched together” out of four separate photographs.

But in the pre-digital age of photography, few, if any leisure travelers would have had the skill, equipment, or patience to create panoramic photos.

This is, not until Kodak came up with a nifty solution: Let the camera do the work.

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Travel Photo Thursday: Keeping People in Focus

Travel Photo Thursday: Keeping People in Focus

In the last installment of “Travel Photo Thursday,” we learned some of the secrets of “street” photography by London-based pro, Antonio Olmos, including how to pre-set exposure on your camera so you’re also ready to capture the fleeting street scene before you.

While you can’t change the lighting of a scene after you shot it, as I explained in “Travel Photo Thursday: Making Pictures ‘Pop’ with Photoshop,” you can usually fiddle with contrast, highlights, shadows, and color saturation and produce a much more engaging image that the one that came out of your camera.

But even you are willing to spend the time and effort to “clean up” a poorly-shot photo by using an editing program like Adobe Photoshop or its “lighter” version, Photoshop Elements (which is one that I employ), there’s one aspect of an image that’s very difficult to adjust in “post-production” – focus.

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