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The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

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34 Creating Panoramas Using Photomerge

The automated merging of several photos to create a panoramic image still left a lot to be desired in Photoshop CS2 and earlier versions of the program. Fortunately, the tool has been greatly improved since the release of the CS3 version.

Let’s compare three photos taken with a focal length of 280 mm from the same location with a tripod. I shot them so the photos would slightly overlap and the buildings would be roughly the same height. The exposures were also identical, and yet the photos have slightly different gray tones. This tonal difference is precisely the type of situation that earlier versions of Photomerge couldn’t adequately master (figure 34–1). The seams between the individual source images ...

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