Panoramic prints are able to capture the detail and drama of a landscape. You don’t lose that sense of a wide open space with a dramatic skyline, when you create a panoramic photo. Whereas with a landscape photo the dramatic skyline or mountain scenery can appear lost amongst the depth of detail in front. So a panoramic photo is the ideal choice for recreating the drama you saw, when you clicked the camera.
So we’ve put together information on how to create panoramic prints. We also discuss what you need to consider when photographing a panoramic view. We also look at stitching images together to create a panoramic photo. Finally we also consider the aspect ratios (size) of your image and the technical requirements needed to have a stunning panoramic print.
Getting Started with Panoramic Prints
Firstly you have to choose your image or images that you want to turn into a panoramic print. What image or images you choose can determine what editing needs to be done and also the choice you make can have an impact on the final quality of image file you have for printing with.
Usually panoramic prints are created from either one image or a series of images stitched together. It’s a case of whether you planned ahead to take a panoramic shot or it’s when you look through your images and see that some images would look better as a panoramic. Primarily we’re discussing landscape images, but a panoramic can be created of street scenes, events or a family gathering. It just comes down to what size/shape gives the image more impact.
Panoramic photos can be created on iPhones and most standard cameras now, but the quality and image size might not be as great as using a DSLR camera. With a DSLR camera you now also have the ability to stitch your images together on the camera, though you can also choose to stitch the images together using editing software. Using a tripod for taking the photos, will also help you achieve consistent images. In other words you’ll be photographing from the same viewpoint, so maintaining the same level and angle for each image. Then you can stitch these images together for a wide-format image.
You could also use a gimbal device, which acts as a stabiliser when you are shooting a panoramic image. It allows you to move your camera, but maintain a smooth transition. Ideally you want to shoot your images in RAW format. This is the best file size you can create and gives you many options for adjustments in post-processing. Jpegs are fine, but have less data so they offer less creative freedom.
Choosing a Panoramic Print size
Of course you can have any size you want, but there are certain sizes that seem to work best. Also you have to consider the size of frame you’ll need. If you create an extra long panoramic this may only appeal to a certain clientele with large wall space. So it is best to think about what you want to do with the panoramic print you create. If it is for yourself, then you can choose what you like. If you are looking to sell it, then you need to think about who is likely to buy it and what are the popular sizes.
Panoramic prints usually start with an aspect ratio of 2:1 and larger. This means the image is twice as wide as it is high. So an image that is 20” wide by 10” high fits the 2:1 ratio. Other aspect ratios for panoramic images are usually 3:1, 4:1 and 5:1. Therefore an image size of 36” wide by 12” high fits the 3:1 ratio. There are no set rules, these sizes are just to help guide you.
If you are unsure what size print can be created from your image, please see our digital image file inspection service where we assess the technical details of your image and advise you on what size can be achieved or whether your image needs enlarging, to achieve the size panoramic photo print you would like.
Creating a Panoramic Print from one Image
Lets say for example you have a lovely landscape image and you know the minute you try to crop the image into a panoramic it creates more impact. So in this instance you are only working with one image and you need to crop the shape of the image into a panoramic form. Consider the aspect ratio of the image you want, as we mentioned above. Make sure the ratios look good.
With a cropped image bear in mind, you have taken an original large image and just used a smaller cropped area of the image. Depending on the size of file you had to begin with, determines the quality and detail you have in the smaller cropped panoramic image. So for example if the original image had any blurring, then this will be magnified when you crop the image and then enlarge this section for printing.
Always remember when you are enlarging an image you will be magnifying any faults within the image. So make sure you are using a quality file to begin with. If you’re not sure what size giclée print can be created, then please Get in touch With our digital image file inspection service we can let you know what size panoramic print can be achieved. Also we can assess how much enlarging can be achieved with the image for fine art photo printing.
Creating a Panoramic Print from several images (known as Stitching)
When you stitch several images together to create one panoramic image, it will depend on the quality of images you have as to how successful the final results will be. Technology is constantly improving and most cameras and phones can do stitching of your images and there are several apps that can help with stitching too. Sometimes it is a case of trial and error until you find one that suits you. Bear in mind if your images are out of focus, no app or editing software can bring them back into focus.
Using Photo Editing and Stitching software
As we mentioned there are various apps and photo editing software available for editing, cropping and stitching your images. The popular ones are Lightroom, Photoshop and PhotoAffinity. If you choose to use editing software, it’s best practice to white balance all the images so they’re identical and that they have the same colour temperature before you stitch the images together.
After you have stitched your chosen images together, you may notice a jagged edge around your newly created panoramic image. This is because the images won’t line up perfectly, but you just need to crop the jagged edges for smooth edges. Now your image is ready and can be treated just the same as your other images. This is when you start to do further edits to your image, until you achieve the desired effect you want. Now your panoramic image should be ready for printing.
What size digital image file is best for stunning Panoramic Prints?
Typically the file needs to be between 300-360ppi high resolution, with an embedded AdobeRGB colourspace. So a wider range of colours and definition can be achieved in the giclée printing process.
Also don’t forget if your image is enlarged, then any imperfections will be clearly seen in the final giclée panoramic print. So make sure there is no blurring or marks within your image, that could detract from the overall image.
Please see our blog ‘Professional Photo Printing improves your Photography’ for more advice on creating images for professional fine art photography printing.
Do you need help?
If you’re still not sure how to stitch your images or want your panoramic image enlarging then please Get in touch. At The Artists Print Room we are able to edit your images to the correct technical specifications to create a stunning panoramic print of your image(s).
We’re also experienced at printing large format giclée prints, so we’re able to print very long panoramics too! Don’t forget we’re a Bespoke fine art printers, so we are able to adapt to your needs. Feel free to Contact Us
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