Fix Your Photo by Making it a Panorama

Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, CA

Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, CA

I have written here before that you can improve your photos quickly in just five steps – 1. Correct the exposure.  2. Increase contrast. 3.Increase saturation.  4. Increase structure.  Finally, 5. Crop it. (see our blog).  I think the most powerful crop is a panorama.  See why?

Of course, the best way to make a panorama is to plan for it and make multiple exposures and combine them later in post-processing.  What I am talking about here is finding the “panorama” in your standard 3:2 or 4:3 original image.

Original out of the camera

Original out of the camera

A panoramic crop can significantly improve your composition by concentrating the eye on the subject, eliminating distracting elements, and/or eliminating un-interesting things like a blank sky.  If you want to keep it standard, I would use 1:2, 1:2.5, or 1:3.  Here are some more examples.

Original San Diego Skyline

Original San Diego Skyline

 

Finished Image

Finished Image

Finally, I would suggest the same thing when using your cell phone camera.  I love Snapseed and use it on every cell phone photo I make.  It has a convenient crop option with a 16:9 ratio setting.

Original  from Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park

Original from Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park

Finished Image

Finished Image

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2 thoughts on “Fix Your Photo by Making it a Panorama

  1. Pingback: How to Make a Panoramic Photo | pamphotography

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