One of the most popular features in the class Put Your Best Face Forward 1 is creating a panoramic photo. In this class we create a couple of panoramic photos for practice, so that you have the knowledge to make your own at home, on your own computer.
I realized that I should probably try it with my own photos, just to make sure it was as easy as I claim in class.
Well, it is!
Below is a panorama I created of the Waikiki skyline. I took five overlapping photos while I was in Waikiki, imported them using Windows Live Photo Gallery, then used the panorama tool to stitch them together.
It was incredibly simple, and very easy. And I think the result is great!
One of our other ports, Lahaina, boasts one of the largest banyan trees in the US. It fills a whole block! I used the panoramic tool to capture an the banyan tree as well, but I got a little more creative.
I took a total of 13 photos. I started at the top left portion of the tree and took photos moving to the right until I reached the right side, making sure the photos overlapped by at least 1/3. Then I moved my camera down to take another row of photos, making sure that these photos overlapped with one another, but that their tops also overlapped with the bottom of the photos I took on the previous row, creating a collage. Even though I used multiple rows, I can still use the panorama tool the same way: import the photos, select the photos, click create, and then click the panorama icon.
Here’s what I came up with:
As you can see I missed the top right section of the tree, but I’m ok with that because I really only spent 5 minutes taking the 13 photos. Plus, I can always go back and use my cropping tool to get rid of those edges like so:
The panoramic tool is really fun to use, but most importantly it’s really easy. Get creative and try all kinds of series of photos, and use the panoramic tool to stitch them together.
Happy Photo Creating!
Step 1: Take a series of photos. Make sure they overlap by 1/3
Step 2: Import photos using Windows Live Photo Gallery
Step 3: Select all photos in the series (click on each photo while holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard)
Step 4: Click on the “Create” tab
Step 5: Click on “Panorama”
Step 6: Save the Photo
Step 7: Crop the photo if edges are uneven.