How to Create a Panography

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A panography is a collage made from several photos overlapping the same scene in an unordered manner. The result imitates a collage made on paper cutting several different photos to create a bigger scene. It’s like a panorama for kids!

The keys to taking photos for a panography are:

- Use manual mode with exactly the same setting for all the photos.

- Avoid moving subjects or take the photos really quickly if you have clouds, cars and other moving elements.

- Change the camera position and orientation randomly.

- Start with one central frame make sure to take with the camera titled slightly and then go around that central frame to complete the scene.

- Make sure to cover the whole scene overlapping the shots between 30% and 40%.

- Use exactly the same white balance setting (don’t use AutoWB!).

- Take many extra shots. You will always forget a part of the scene and it’s better to have shots discarded than having shots missing.

 

Once you have all your shots you need to create the panography. You can use your favorite photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Gimp.

Start with a very big white-background empty canvas. Depending on the resolution of the photos the panography can be huge so make sure the canvas is big enough or just reduce the size of the photos.

Put the central frame, the first you took in the center of the canvas. Then load one by one the other frames as new layers and use 60%  or 70% transparency (opacity). Use the move tool and the rotate tool to place the frame in the right place. Do the same for each shot until you have your scene completed.

Once you have the panography completed crop the unwanted white space around the scene from your canvas and you are done. Printing your creations on a nice matte paper can look very interesting. It’s like a virtual collage.

You can check out many more examples at the Flickr Panography Group:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/panography/pool/

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  1. Jack

    I really like the result of this tutorial sorry to say this but this is the first time when I see this type of technique. Thanks for sharing this interesting tutorial.

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