I’m back home after an amazing week in Dubai. The Gulf Photo Plus FotoWeekend 2011 was a great event. My schedule was so full that, once it started, I had no time to blog. So, over the next week, I’ll be sharing a series of articles about the classes I taught and the pix of Dubai that I made during my trip.
GPP is the hub of a vibrant community of photographers in the Middle East. For years, GPP’s home was a relatively small office space. The night after I arrived, GPP opened its new home — which has plenty of space for a photo gallery, studio with cyc wall, classroom, and store. The inaugural gallery show “photoID” is a group exhibition of work by photographers Tamara Abdul Hadi, Ammar Al Attar, Richard Allenby-Pratt, Philip Cheung, Gerald Donovan, Hind Mezaina and Katarina Premfors. I soon discovered that the loft provided a great vantage point from which to shoot a series of pix with my Canon S95 pocket camera.
Many who know me, have heard me spout, “I choose to be a photographer and not a retoucher.” Yet, when it comes to stitching panoramas together, I’m happy to let Lightroom and Photoshop do the heavy lifting. Click on the pic above to see a larger version of my Opening Night pano. At full resolution, the image prints 15″ x 30″ / 39cm x 78cm at 300ppi. To see how it was shot and assembled, read on.
My post-capture workflow always begins with Lightroom. After selecting my four shots, I used the Develop module to balance the color and contrast across the shots. Then I selected all four images in LR’s Library module and hit Photo > Edit In > Merge to Panorama in Photoshop. The following dialogue box opens in Photoshop.
I always give the “Auto” layout a try. It often does a fine job without any work on my end. In this case, as you can see below, “Auto” distorted the gallery wall at the center of the frame. When this happens, I give “Collage” a try. The main difference with “Collage” is that it will rotate and scale a frame, but it does not warp. I noted that “Auto” did not show any doubles whereas, “Collage” allowed my friend Bobbi Lane to appear twice (which I loved).
So that you can get a sense of the true magic that Photoshop preforms, here are each of the four original captures followed by the frame as it was positioned and masked by Photoshop.
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