Your goal for this project is to explore the themes of landscape and portraiture by creating a series of panoramic images.
Panoramic photography is a technique of photography using specialized equipment or software to produce an elongated field of view.
You will create and print 3 successful panoramic landscape images and 3 successful panoramic portrait images using the Brenizer method. I will demo how to create a panoramic image using Photoshop's Photomerge command in class. We will go over both methods listed above.
You will have 3 weekends to shoot toward your project. Be sure to use your time wisely—if you are traveling or seeing family over Easter weekend, take advantage of the unique subject matter you will have access to in creating your panoramic images.
TIPS FOR SHOOTING YOUR PANORAMIC IMAGES
Remember to keep your exposure settings the same when shooting. (ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance). Do not set your white balance to auto—choose a white balance based on the lighting scenario you are shooting in.
Set your lens to MANUAL FOCUS. Once you have pulled focus, do not adjust it while shooting your images.
It is helpful to VISUALIZE your image before you shoot. Write down or sketch out your ideas beforehand.
When you are shooting, overlap your shots by 30%. The more shots you make, the larger your panorama will be, but the longer it will also take to stitch.
When shooting your landscape panorama, it might helpful to use a tripod. You may check out a tripod from the school.
If you are shooting without a tripod, be sure to brace your arms against your body to keep your camera steady. Try to move your camera as little as possible, and shooting across the same plane. Don't move your camera forward or backwards, only up or down, left or right.
Landscapes should be shot using a DEEP DEPTH OF FIELD. Portraits should be shot using a SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD.
When shooting portraits using the Brenizer method, you will get better results if you shoot with a shallow depth of field and a normal to longfocal length, such as 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, etc. The school has lenses that you may check out to help achieve the look you want, but these are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Monday, 3/22/21: shoot enough images to create at least 2 landscape panoramas and 2 portrait panoramas using the Brenizer method. You will use class time on Monday to import your images and create a contact sheet.
Import your homework images in class and convert them to DNG. Label your files lastname_firstname_p5_panorama_cs1_1, 2, 3, etc.
Create a contact sheet and label it lastname_firstname_p5_panorama_cs1.
Turn in your contact sheet to your Project 5 folder in Google Drive. This is due by midnight.
Monday, 3/29/21: Over the weekend, use your time wisely to shoot enough images for 3 landscape panoramas and 3 portrait panoramas using the Brenizer method. You will use class time when you return on Monday to import your images and create a contact sheet.
Import your homework images in class and convert them to DNG. Label your files lastname_firstname_p5_panorama_cs2_1, 2, 3, etc.
Create a contact sheet and label it lastname_firstname_p5_panorama_cs2.
Turn in your contact sheet to your Project 5 folder in Google Drive. This is due by midnight!
Tuesday, 4/6/21: Over Easter break, shoot images for at least 5 more landscape panoramas and 5 more portrait panorama using the Brenizer method. You will use class time when you return on Tuesday to import your images and create a contact sheet.
Import your homework images in class and convert them to DNG. Label your files lastname_firstname_p5_panorama_cs3_1, 2, 3, etc.
Create a contact sheet and label it lastname_firstname_p5_panorama_cs3.
Turn in your contact sheet to your Project 3 folder in Google Drive. This is due by midnight!
CRITIQUE will take place during class beginning Monday, April 12th. For critique you must have these things ready to turn in before class:
3 successful landscape panorama images printed on roll paper.
3 successful portrait panorama images printed on 17 x 22" paper.
Turn in your high res PSD image files in your Project 5 folder on Google Drive. Label the files lastname_firstname_p5_final_1, lastname_firstname_p5_final_2, etc.
**I will supply the paper for printing. We will print out your panoramic landscapes on roll paper using the Epson SCP800. I will demo this method of printing in class.