Vertical Panoramas

Vertical Panoramas

Of all the photo processes I have ever pursued, Vertical Panoramas have got to be on the top of my list of favorites.  They are exactly as they sound, panoramas with a vertical orientation instead of the traditional horizontal pano.  They can create some of the most powerful floor to ceiling compositions in architecture photos, or allow you to get a little bit more out of your wide angle lens.

In this course, we will explore the vertical panorama process from the ground up (see what I did there).  I have a unique approach with my vertical panoramas in that I do not use expensive gear.  For the most part, I use what I have with me in my camera bag, and I still obtain powerful results.   If you ever thought these types of images were inaccessible to you, you are wrong!  It is time for you to learn one of my favorites techniques!

What’s Included:

  1. 6 Videos at approximately 1.5 hours total.
  2. All of the images to follow along and one practice set of exposures to explore at your leisure.

What you will learn:

  1. What Vertical Panos are and why we do them.
  2. The necessary gear for creating these images.
  3. The ideal lens choice.
  4. How to photograph the scene for the best vertical panos.
  5. How to stitch vertical panos in Adobe Camera Raw (or Lightroom)
  6. How to post-process vertical panos in ACR
  7. How to fix problem areas.

Required Programs:

  1. Photoshop CC – This is what I use in the course
  2. (Optional) If you have some other pano stitching software, you may use it. However, I do not cover anything other than Photoshop CC in this video series.



*To continue, press the blue “Start Taking Course” button at the top of this page and proceed to Lesson 1


Lesson 2 – The Shooting Process

Length: 19 minutesComplexity: Standard

How to shoot a Vertical Pano In this lesson, we will discuss some important ideas for shooting vertical panoramas.  They aren’t too difficult, but there are many things you want to keep in mind when you are on the scene, so you get the best possible exposures to bring into your post work. Main Points: […]

Lesson 3: Example 1 – Stitching

Length: 14 minutesComplexity: Standard

Stitching your first Vertical Pano in ACR In this lesson, we are going to go through the stitching and editing process of a vertical panorama.  We will be using Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CC 2017 (you may use Lightroom if you so choose).  Some people prefer other programs for stitching panos and you are […]

Lesson 4: Example 2

Length: 13 minutesComplexity: Standard

Stitching our second Vertical Pano in ACR In this lesson, we are going to stitch together 2 images.  In the last, we did four, why only two now?   Well, this technique can be perfect for getting more out of your wide angle lens when you want to incorporate more of the scene in your […]

Lesson 5: Fixing Problem Areas

Length: 14 minutesComplexity: Standard

There are always little issues In this lesson, we will discuss the little problems that may occur during the stitching process.  After you stitch your image it is imperative that you bring it into Photoshop and inspect for imperfections.  You will usually see them where text or linework do not match up appropriately.  While they are […]

Lesson 6: Vertical Pano Conclusion

Length: 14 minutesComplexity: Easy

The end, but not really, there is more… In this lesson, we will discuss just how big these vertical panoramas can get.  Keep in mind you are merging multiple exposures into one so the megapixel count changes.  Anytime you want to know the effective megapixel count of your image, multiply the width by the height […]

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