Photographing Panoramas for Large Prints

Lesson 8 of 30

Shooting Techniques for Black & White Panoramas

 

Photographing Panoramas for Large Prints

Lesson 8 of 30

Shooting Techniques for Black & White Panoramas

 

Lesson Info

Shooting Techniques for Black & White Panoramas

You know, black and white photography is so much fun and black and white panoramas, they also have a visceral quality about them. They're so intriguing to look at. And we'll show a couple of examples of that today. But what am I looking for in the field? Let's look. So this scene here is fantastic for color but this is also a tremendous scene for black and white. Here's why. We got this nice blue sky and the blue sky can always turn black and make it look like an Ansel Adams type of look. And that contrasts beautifully with these puffy white clouds. Also, the graffiti and the rust, and just this old-school feel here is gonna really be great for the contrast in a black and white final print. So when I see stuff like this, I think, yes, color, but also, I'm really shooting this for the end result, which I think is gonna be better in black and white. So I'm gonna shoot this photo now. I'm gonna go through my settings that I mentioned earlier. One of the first things I'm gonna do is make s...

ure my ISO is still set properly. So I push that in, I'm at ISO 100. White balance, I'm set for sunny, still. Image quality, I'm on raw. That's fantastic. Exposure compensation, I'm gonna zero that out again. And focus, I'm gonna end up focusing out there on the structures on the gasworks elements. And then I'm gonna lock focus so it won't change from shot to shot to shot. The last thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna meter the scene and I'm gonna take one example photo, probably over here on the left side and make sure my cloud's not blowing out. And once I get that, I'm gonna lock that exposure in for the rest of the panorama. So here we go. I'll aim it over here, take a shot. (shutter clicks) Look at the results on the back of the camera. Mm-hmm, there we go. There's my blinkies and my highlights. I haven't blown out the clouds. So maybe they can add another third of a stop exposure. And then I'll go off and take the rest of the shots. So I'll add another third by pushing my exposure compensation. I'm gonna go over here, lock the exposure with my AE lock button. And now I'm gonna shoot the photo sequence. I am actually shooting with a 24 to 70 millimeter lens. And my focal length is at about 35 millimeters. So it's a little bit wide-angled. So I'm gonna overlap maybe more like 40% from picture to picture. So I'm gonna take a shot, move it so I overlap 40%, take another shot, 40%, so on and so forth. All right, here goes. Picture number one, (shutter clicks) two, three, four, five. And I'll do one more. A lot of times I'll take a couple of photos of the same scenario, this one, I'm gonna shoot a little bit tighter. The last one I shot kinda wide. I'm gonna go more into like 50 millimeter zoom, here. So I zoom it to about and take the same sequence again. All right, lockin' my exposure. And before I take the shots, I actually start on the left and I rotate it to the right to make sure I'm not chopping off anything on the top. It all looks good. And then I'm just gonna do one final check to make sure my bubble levels are centered. They're good. And here we go. Picture number one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, and one more, eight. Right on. So the result, you can see it on the screen and also, I'll hand-hold the print here. The result turned out really great. It has a fantastic industrial gritty look to it. In fact, I was showing it around the crew here at the Creative Live Studios. A lot of people really responded to this one and said, I like that one the best, even above a lot of the color images that we shot. So black and white, fantastic. I'm gonna talk about processing black and white inside of software. And one of the most important things that we can do with black and white image processing is find blue areas of the sky, and then darken them down in post-processing. And that's what really a lot of times gives the photos a great pop, a sort of gravitas about them. So we'll talk about that in the next segment about processing for black and white.

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Shoot a variety of 360 degree panoramas (skylines, landscapes, vertical and horizontal) with the final print in mind
  • Stitch your images together to create a panorama with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Print large images to sell or display in your home

ABOUT MIKE’S CLASS:

From the skylines of New York and Los Angeles to Switzerland's mountainous backdrop, some scenes are just too spectacular to fit inside a 3:2 frame. Being surrounded by and immersed in a beautiful vista is part of the joy of being a photographer -- but how do you capture what it feels like to stand there in person inside a single image? Panoramas capture that feeling of wonder and squeeze it into the limited form of a two-dimensional print.

Take the experience of seeing a magnificent vista or panoramic view home with you. Join Mike Hagen, director of the Nikonians Academy, and learn his techniques for mastering the art of the panorama, without a dedicated panoramic camera. In this class, he will teach you:

Learn everything you need to make a breathtaking panorama from capturing that spectacular view to hanging the panorama above your couch. Shoot dynamic panoramas in the field that fit together easily when stitched in post-processing. Stitch them together with an eye for printing. Get your color toning right to minimize your reprints, and learn how printing can help you notice things that you may miss when the image is in digital format.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

Adventure, travel and landscape photographers looking to improve their final product, make it print-worthy and potentially sell their work.

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 2016, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5

Lessons

  1. Class introduction

    A print is tangible evidence of an experience, as Hagen says, but that doesn't discredit the process of actually taking the shots, editing the images and, yes, finally getting that print. In the first lesson, Hagen walks photographers through what to expect for the class from packing the right gear to perfecting that final print.

  2. Field Techniques, Camera & Lens Choices

    Unlike film, you don't need a specialized panoramic camera to create a digital panorama -- just something with some megapixel power. Don't assume that all panoramic views are captured with wide angle lenses, however. While the result is a wide field of view, Hagen explains when he shoots with a 14-24mm lens -- and when he shoots with a 70-200mm or even a 200 to 400mm lens. Discover the right gear for panoramas and why you don't necessarily need the most expensive lenses in this lesson.

  3. Selecting Gear for Great Panormas

    The smaller accessories are often just as important when stitching multiple images together for those wide views. Hagen walks you through what tripods to use, along with time-saving accessories like a bowl head.

  4. Camera Menu Settings & Exposure

    Without the right camera settings, differences between images will create obvious stitch lines. Hagen walks photographers through the best settings for shooting panoramas.

  5. Troubleshooting Environmental Obstacles

    Panoramas are often captured while traveling when there isn't an option to wait for the best weather. This lesson looks at what to do when there are obstacles in the shot, from bad weather to objects in the way of the shot.

  6. What Contributes to a Great Panorama

    Can you really capture a great wide view without really knowing what makes a great panorama? Learn what makes a great panoramic image and what mistakes to avoid.

  7. Shooting Vertical Panoramas

    There's no rule saying panoramas are all horizontal wide views. Sometimes, a vertical panorama is a better fit for the scene. Vertical panoramas present new challenges, however, with lens and perspective distortion. Here, Hagen shows photographers how to minimize those distortions for great vertical panoramas.

  8. Shooting Techniques for Black & White Panoramas

    If you start creating a black and white panorama in the editing stage, you're not going to get the best result. Learn how to properly expose and shoot a panorama with monochrome in mind.

  9. Handheld Technique for beginners

    Do you really need to spend hundreds on a fancy tripod set-up? What about when that visual spectacle isn't tripod-friendly? Tripods are helpful, but not always a must. Here, Hagen shoots on site with a tripod-free technique for panoramas.

  10. Tripod Technique for Intermediate Photographers

    Got a tripod, but maybe not the fanciest panorama gear? Walk through the process of shooting with mid-level gear for more than mid-level results.

  11. Advanced Technique for Panoramas

    Using the best gear, like a panoramic gimbal head? See a real-world shoot using high-end gear for photographers that shoot frequent wide view panoramas and learn advanced techniques for avoiding parallax issues.

  12. Navigating Moving Subjects in Panoramas

    Movement in panoramas creates tricky scenarios -- and can even make a person or moving object appear in your image more than once. While most panorama tutorials will tell you just to avoid moving subjects, Hagen walks through his approach for freezing a moving subject inside a panorama.

  13. How Time of Day Impacts Panoramas

    Light plays a big role in every image, and without flash as an option, planning the shoot for the best natural light is essential. In this real-world shoot, Hagen walks you through how he prepares to find the best light in the scene.

  14. Workflow in Lightroom

    By this point in the class, you have several, separate images -- this is where you learn how to assemble those images into panoramic views, starting by organizing all those files. Using Lightroom, Hagen walks through his post-processing workflow.

  15. Developing Images in Lightroom

    Once photos are uploaded, culled and arranged, development is next. Hagen walks through Lightroom techniques for editing before the stitch and easy methods for keeping images in the same panorama consistent.

  16. Merging Images

    Assembling those separate images together happens in Lightroom through the merge tool -- learn the basics as well as tricks for correcting panorama errors with tools like the Boundary Warp.

  17. Finishing Techniques

    The work isn't quite finished after the stitch. Learn how Hagen continues to fine-tune panoramas, from retouching the sky while leaving the lower portion untouched to removing dust spots.

  18. Saving Images for Print

    If you own your own printer, you can print directly from Lightroom -- but you can still get great prints without investing in a printer. Hagen walks through the best parameters for exporting large panoramas for lab printing.

  19. Controlling Your Environment

    There's a big difference between viewing a photograph on a monitor and seeing it in print -- and to help create the print that has the colors that you're imagining on the screen, the environment matters. Here, Hagen talks about why you may want to paint your office neutral colors and why it's important to know where that final image will be hung.

  20. Profiling & Calibrating Your Monitor

    Monitor calibration is important but often overlooked essential to getting prints to look just as great as the colors on your screen. Watch the monitor calibration process and real time and find the best types of monitors for photo work.

  21. Wide Gamet Color Settings

    What color space is best for working with large, high-quality prints? Here, Hagen explains color spaces and when to use each one.

  22. Soft Proofing Images

    Printing errors are expensive when you're printing out wide view panoramas that measure in feet instead of inches. Soft proofing is a technique that can help you avoid those expensive printing errors.

  23. Selecting the Right Paper for Prints

    Paper choice matters. Hagen walks you through how paper choice influences the final image and what paper choices are best for different types of panoramic projects.

  24. Sharpening Images

    Sharpening polishes that final image before printing -- but do you use Lightroom's sharpening tools in the Develop module or the Print Sharpening tool? Hagen walks you through the best practices for sharpening a photo for printing.

  25. Printing with Lightroom

    Lightroom's print module helps prep images for print, but what do all the options mean, and what settings are best for panoramas? Hagen digs into Lightroom's print module in this lesson.

  26. Printing with Photoshop

    Photoshop is another option to print panoramas from -- but a lot can go wrong here. Hagen walks through troubleshooting prints from Photoshop.

  27. Black & White Printing

    Editing and printing for black and white is an entirely different ballgame from color. Learn how to edit a black and white panorama in Lightroom, followed by, of course, printing.

  28. Best Practices for Printing your Image at a Lab

    You don't have to own a high-end printer to get great prints -- and in fact, Hagen himself sends a majority of his images to a lab. But how do you know what color space to use, and what lab is best for printing panoramas?

  29. Analyzing & Displaying the Print

    Getting great prints is about more than color calibration and proper print settings -- the room the image will be hanging in matters too, particularly the ambient lighting. Hagen takes students through the process of analyzing the print and prepping for the final display.

  30. Reviewing Panoramas Printed in Class

    Through this class, you've walked through the panorama process from gear to shoot to print. In the final lesson, take a look at the results of the images created during the course, from the classic Seattle shot in the United States to black and white 360 panoramas of France or Ireland.

Reviews

Fred Morton
 

Get it, get it and get it. I bought Mike's Speedlight course and this is on the list after watching it on line. The course design by Mike with the Creative Live staff is a successful blend of content and presentation. I absolutely loved how Mike took us on location for several shoots, where we could see the setup and problems that he had to resolve. This is a must have course for photographers interested in landscape work. Another powerful part of this class is Mike's willingness to demonstrate and show us what didn't work. The practical experience in his course was just like being in the field with Mike.

user a5f3c6
 

Mike combines two characteristics of a great teacher: he's obviously knowledgable and competent about his subject matter and he's relaxed and confident in how he presents his ideas. This class covers everything I need to know about photographing and printing panoramas. But, it is much more. It is a class that shows the essential skills involved in shooting, post-processing, and printing photographs and how to apply them to a specific application: panoramas. I learned a lot! Thanks, Mike.

Sue Sirius
 

This workshop was terrific! I learned so much about taking, processing and printing panoramas (and photos in general). I found the presentation very easy to follow with great examples and instructions. Highly recommend this!