Although I love spending hours joining photos together, it’s very time consuming. As I have been finding that I don’t have as much time as I’d like, I’ve been looking for ways to save it. So I’ve been experimenting with my iPhone 4s to do some of the work, using it’s built in panorama function.
For sunsets (or anything with a horizon), I’ve found it’s crucial to keep to horizon level, or as level as possible. Even then the iPhone seems to do some weird stuff with the horizon, that just rotating the photo won’t fix. Odd curvature and misjoined bits of horizon. Clone tool can correct mismatched bits, sometimes.
How to fix the curves and distortions in the horizon ? Well I’ve made friends with two new tools – Filter -> Lens Correction -> Straighten and Filter -> Adaptive Wide Angle -> Constraint Tool … now I have almost perfect horizons for almost any iPhone cock-up. Yay !
The other thing is getting the exposure correct. To do this either start with the brightest part of the photo in shot (usually the sun itself). You can get away with being a little bit away from the sun, but need to touch on the screen at a bright area, in order to shorten the exposure (make photo darker). If not then you’ll end up with a bleached image where the sun is. Photoshop might be able to correct, but you may have lost your colours too.
If none of this makes any sense to you, do not despair, just enjoy the photo !
Photos taken in Thailand (c) Don Charisma 2014