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02/14/2012 / Gary B

Your Camera is Better than You Think it is

You might have a 44-Megapixel camera under your camera strap and not even know it.

If you could only take a bunch of pictures, say maybe 3 in a row, shooting left to right, while keeping the camera level, and while overlapping each pair of pictures by about 25-30%, you can increase the megapixel potential of your camera by several times over.

It’s not practical nor necessary for portraits or action shots, but any scene, vista, or slow-moving view can give you a GREAT amount of pixels with no purchase necessary!

For example, this picture:

3 Shots - left/center/right

The image above represents three shots. It was spur-of-the-moment, hand-held, no special equipment, and pas de sweat (that’s French for “easy”).

Just that quick!
And although I only have an 18-megapixel camera, the fact that I shot three pictures to make one image means that I got about a 44-megapixel capture (considering overlap). And THAT is something you can have printed B-I-G!

We’ll stitch your pictures together at Kohne Camera, or just do it yourself.

PhotoShop has a merge subroutine in it (File Menu–> Automate–> PhotoMerge) or try the current version of ArcSoft™ Panorama Maker, or find one of lots of free panorama makers on the web.

When you do, you’ll have a HUGE file suitable for printing really big. The output will be suitable for over the couch, or the fireplace, or in your office, your corporate lobby, cabin, cottage, whatever.

If you can shoot the series, we’ll stitch it if you need us to, then we’ll print it, mount it, and make it ready to hang. 45 Megapixels? With your current camera? Today?

Very cool!

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  1. dewebb1 / Feb 14 2012 11:27 pm

    How do you keep those deer from moving between shots?

    • Gary B / Feb 14 2012 11:55 pm

      It’s really quick, y’know…about as fast as you can read “bang bang bang.” They don’t move much. Besides, your stitcher (Photoshop merge or whatever) seems to pick one or the other in the overlap process. Mostly, just choose something that doesn’t move much. 10-yard line tackle? Not so good for this.

  2. cavepainter / Feb 14 2012 11:31 pm

    I didn’t know photoshop had that feature. I’ve been using it for years but I’m sure there’s a ton of things in it I’ve just never used.

    This photo is really nice. I like the simplicity of the medium grey-brown top half of the background, grey-white bottom half, and the muted brown deer scattered across.

  3. Luke / Feb 14 2012 11:32 pm

    Now that is one cool panoramic! This is awesome Gary!

  4. mobius faith / Feb 14 2012 11:35 pm

    great panorama Gary. Great idea. I do find some issues with my photoshop panorama function sometimes (depending on the subject). Of course that might be because I still use Elements 7. I’ll have to try the “ARC” one you mentioned.

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