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Up the hill

Yesterday we went (some of the way) up Tryfan – the 15th highest mountain in Snowdonia although it feels higher when you’re up there.

Phil took a series of pictures and composited them together to give a wide angle shot:

This is a really easy technique, and the software is cheaper than buying a wide-angle lens. For best results take a series of pictures in portrait orientation with a about a 25% overlap. (This seems wrong, but give it a go!) Wide-angle landscape orientation pictures often struggle to overlap properly because of the slight fish-eye effect.

We’ve cropped this picture to run the strong lines into the corners, which we usually recommend as it makes the picture feel deliberate.

There are lots of stitching softwares that can be downloaded – we use PTGUI, which offers a free trial. It automatically determines the overlaps between adjacent pictures and generates the composite picture for you. You need to keep the settings similar between adjacent pictures to prevent the exposure changing slightly between shots. A good trick is to pretend to take a shot in the centre of your panorama and make a note of the settings your camera wants to use, then dial these all in manually so that the centre of your panorama will be exposed correctly. Works for us!

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