Beyond Photoshop Elements Photomerge Panorama

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Photomerge Panorama has been a command within Photoshop Elements for many years now. It has been improved in more recent versions.

I take a lot of action photos of my granddaughters playing soccer. I also take a lot of photos of other sporting events. Normally, I use the Burst/Continuous drive mode  and the Shutter Preferred (Tv or S) shooting mode. My shutter speed is generally around 1/800 sec or above, and I generally do not use a tripod.

After a photo session I end up with a large number of photo sequences of a specific action, such as kicking a soccer ball, for example.

A few days ago, I watched a video that showed how you could relatively easily merge a series of photos into a single time-lapsed image. Sometimes this technique is called multiplicity. This video shows how to do it using Photoshop’s Scripts, which basically stacks the sequence of images on different layers and then aligns  them. By adding a Layer Mask to each image, the technique allows you to end up with your prime subject in different positions in the combined and final image. The technique did include multiple steps, but was quite straight forward.

Photoshop Elements does not include Scripts, but since PSE 9, it does have the capability to add a layer mask to any type of layer. So, I figured the Photoshop technique could be adapted to Elements with just a few more steps. As it turned out, it proved to be far easier to do in Elements by using the Photomerge Panorama command.

By the way, Photoshop CSX also has a Photomerge Panorama command, which could also be used. As is generally the case, I suspect using the manual approach in the Photoshop tutorial may allow for more flexibility.

To give you an idea how easy it was for me to apply the Photomerge Panorama technique to end up with the photo above, I posted a video on YouTube on how to do it.


iPad For Photographers Coming to PVNET

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Following up on the iPad 101 class I recently taught for PVNET, I will be teaching an iPad for photographers class beginning in the middle of January. There are hundreds of Apps for the iPad that go way beyond the apps that come with an iPad.

This five-week class will focus on a just a few of the better apps. Additional topics will be using the iPad as a back-up for your photos while travelling, organizing and editing photos using your iPad, as well as sharing them with others.

This is a hands-on class, and much of the material will be applicable to the iPhone as well. Even if you have an original iPad without a camera, there are many things you can use your iPad for to enhance you photography.

The class will meet on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 pm. The exact start date will be determined shortly. More details and how to register will be posted shortly here and on the PVNET website.

Stay tuned.

Torrance iPad Class

Just a quick note. A student emailed me this morning to say the iPad class at Torrance is already filled. I don’t know if that means filled for both on-line registration, as well as for on-site registration.

At any rate, if you have an interest in taking the class, you should check with the school a soon as possible.

Regarding the Photoshop Elements 11 class at the South Bay Adult School, I know that  people have registered on-line already for it. Those of you that receive a SBAS catalog should get one in the next couple of days. From what I can tell, this class may also fill up early.