Earlier this year I was invited to the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans Lunch for Veterans and Supporters held at the prestigious RAF Club in Mayfair, London; a truly wonderful afternoon spent with the very best of people.
Whilst there, thanks to the continued support of the Charity’s Dick Goodwin, I was able to take portraits of Veterans for my 39-45 Portraits Project and to give to each of the Veterans and their families. I’ll add a post soon showing the set up video and some of the results.
Towards the end of the afternoon it was suggested that we get a group photo of all 19 Veterans present however the only problem was that I didn’t have a wide enough lens with me having only brought along a couple of prime lenses for portraits; my 85mm f/1.4 and 55mm f/1.8.
Take a series of pictures of the group and stitch it together in Lightroom / Photoshop afterwards.
Here’s a short video showing some of the Behind the Scenes photographing the group…
The key things to ensure for this to work are:
- Using a tripod
- Asking everyone to be as still as they possibly can
- Taking a series of photographs (I took 5) and overlapping each
- Taking the photographs as quickly as possible 🙂
Here’s the series of images that I took:
Once home and all the images from the today safely backed up I then dived into Lightroom to begin stitching the group photographs together; a process that ended up being incredibly easy…
Select each of the group photographs (Figure 1)
Go to Photo > Photo Merge > Panorama (Figure 2)
In the panorama properties below this shows what the group photograph would look like with the default settings (Sperical and Auto Settings); notice the missing sections around the outside of the photograph but also how the ‘Auto Settings’ has enhanced the detail / shadows (Figure 3)
The screen grab below shows how effective putting a tick in the ‘Fill Edges’ checkbox can be (Figure 4)
And here’s what the stitched photographs look like after clicking ‘Merge’ (Figure 5)
Once done I then got to work on the picture in Photoshop mainly cropping out some areas, re-building others and ensuring there were no repeating patterns from the merging. Then having done that I could then add my finishing touches:
As always if you have any questions / comments, please feel free to make use of the comments section below.
Hope you found that useful
Catch you next time