Compositing to Create Panoramas

by Photo Life
© Harrison Haines

© Harrison Haines

My photography has changed since starting the Independent Digital Photography program at Seneca College. I’m learning about the profession and about the art of visual literacy.  I’ve learned how to shoot photos that connect with the viewer on a connotative level.  I have taken 1000s of pictures, and it’s helpful to have them critiqued by Seneca’s talented professional teachers plus my inspirational and helpful classmates.

Photography continues to shape my life because I am always networking and meeting people as I’m thinking ahead and preparing for the next shot.  There are many challenges for a photographer (finding models, creating sets, working in unusual locations, lighting, weather….), but by studying from the best and with a lot of work; I can make photography my business.  After the two-year Seneca course, I will have a sound business plan and portfolio to begin my career. This course is just the beginning of how photography will change me. Seneca has built my confidence to work in this profession, and it also has given me a way to share my artistic perspectives. School has definitely helped me grow as a photographer and helped me narrow down what I hope to accomplish.

For this image, I had my camera placed vertically on a tripod in the middle of the walkway. I started shooting my images on the left side at a 25-second exposure (to capture the lights of the cars driving underneath). I rotated the camera to the right, taking photos overlapping each image by a third. In total, I took 9 photos to create this image. In Digital Imaging class I learned how to composite the images together to actually create the panoramic affect. I used photo merge in Photoshop, and then analyzed all the details in the photo to make sure everything blended together (since it is 9 photos in 1).

The Seneca @ York Independent Digital Photography Program is a two-year diploma course that prepares students for a freelance career and provides them with the necessary skill set to work in a multidisciplinary studio. Photo Life is proud to partner with Seneca students to document their journey through the school curriculum.

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