Sometimes you just want more pixels in an image.

Do you have to buy a new more expensive camera? Nope. You just have to learn how to sew… I mean stitch.

Basically even with the 16MP micro 4/3rds chip we are working with in the Lumix line of cameras we have multi-megapixel (like 100MP plus) cameras in our hands if we take multiple images and overlap them. Here is an example.

sedona panorama

This is 13 images overlapped with the camera held in the vertical orientation. This file comes in at 385MB after processing in Photoshop.
I could easily print this image 26 inches by 158 inches. That’s about 2 feet by 13 feet!

sedona arizona panorama

Here’s another version with 2 rows of 10 images overlapped with camera held in vertical orientation. This file is almost 400MB after processing. Could easily be printed to 3 feet by 10 feet…

This technique can be used with large group portraits, architecture and any stationary subjects.

Images were captured with the Lumix GH4 and the Lumix Vario 35-100mm f2.8 lens at ISO 200 f10 1/320th sec. The built in level on the GH4 helps to keep the horizon straight during this hand held capture to make the panorama stitching easier in the software. My overlap of individual images is about 30%. Any less than that and you’ll tend to find stitching errors in the final image.

So you’ve heard the expression “Go big or go home!” Now you can with whatever gear you are working with….

Yours in Creative Photography,    Bob

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