Creating a 3-5 image Panoramic Photograph
This is a two week assignment for students focused on learning how to explore spaces with multiple photographs. Using layer masks to stitch multiple images together and to learn how to create seamless panoramic images. Students should be comfortable with their cameras, and with basic layer masks. Usually this assignment follows a single shot landscape assignment, and is used to teach students about the historical nature of landscapes, both urban or rural.
Day 1: Showing students a Powerpoint Slideshow of professional and student examples. Important reminder is for students to shoot 5-7 images of their landscape. The need to pre-visualize their final landscape, and overlap their photographs by 20-30 % in order for the layer mask to work. HW: Students need to photograph 2-3 different settings that take into consideration space and light.
Day 2: Laying out the photographs. I have students start on a 10" (H) by 24" (W) photoshop file.
I show students how to lay multiple layers down in Photoshop. It works best to start from one direction of the image. The far left is the bottom layer. Students should lay out their images, using lower opacity to see how the pictures overlap. They can rotate images using free-transform. Then Teach students how to use a layer mask with a black and white gradient on overlapping images. For fine tuning they can use clone stamp, adjustment layers with Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, or levels.