Matrix Panoramas

Panoramic stitching taken to a new level

Have you have ever climbed a mountain and thought, “wow I’ve got to take a picture of this” but you noticed your camera’s field of view is way too small to capture the entire view?

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Panoramas will help--for the width--but what about the height?

You have two choices.

Your first option (which is easier than the second) is to hold your camera vertically and pan horizontally from left to right, as shown here:

Put together the images in Photoshop’s Panorama stitch mode and it’ll look like this:

The second method is called Matrix Panoramas. You pan in two horizontal rows, clockwise, as shown below. This technique gives you more height, but is harder because the rows have to overlap a bit, and stay parallel. When shooting, move the camera left to right to shoot three images for the top row, then tilt down (leave a bit of overlap space) and move the camera right to left as you shoot three more.

Make sure to set your stitching program to "matrix" so you can set it up like this (Canon’s "Photo Stitch" supports this type of panorama, as does Adobe Photoshop via Photomerge Panorama):

Photos © F.E. Rodle


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