How to Make a Panographic Picture

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From the moment I first saw them I also wanted to try it – the panographic pictures. It is like a huge panorama picture, but consists of several smaller, overlapping photos. It is also very util when you just have one lense who could not take the whole object you want to photograph at one time.

From the moment I first saw them I also wanted to try it – the panographic pictures. It is like a huge panorama picture, but consists of several smaller, overlapping photos. It is also very util when you just have one lense who could not take the whole object you want to photograph at one time.

- How to take the pictures -

Make sure you have an empty film with enough pictures on it. If you have to change the film (which is not recommanded), use the same type again (same ISO, same brand etc.). Also make sure that the settings on the camera are equal for every shot.
Find a place where you have a nice view on the object you want to take. Then start making pictures – move as less as possible, just a little bit the angle of the camera, to take the object picture per picture. Don’t forget any part to get a complete picture in the end!

- Scanning -

Take care that you use the same scanner settings for every picture to have no different colours. Choose a nice setting of your scanner, set it fixed and apply it for all pictures. If you have sprocket holes: it is easier not to have them on the picture.

1. Panographic with gimp (the digital way)

If you want to make it the digital way, it is necessary to use a graphic program like gimp. It’s also possible with photoshop or something else, but as gimp is freeware and also very powerful, it is my first choice.

Open all pictures in gimp. In the View settings of the pictures, you can make them small enough to see them all on your screen, but this is not necessary, just more comfortable. Open a new file, which is large enough to take the whole picture when you puzzle it together!
In the Toolbox you should see the different layers. In the beginning, of course, you have only one. Choose the first picture and copy it in that layer. Set the transparency, depending on how many pictures you have and depending on how you like it, for example on 75%. Then insert a new layer. Choose this layer. Copy the next picture. Set the transparency. Now you can move the pictures that they’re overlapping. It must not be 100%, but try it as accurate as possible. Then insert the next layer. Set the transparency… and so on. Until you have the puzzle together!
Don’t forget to save the big model, if you ever want to change some transparencies. Save the final picture as JPG (it will put all the layers together), and voilà – your panographic is ready!

2. Don’t like to process your photos with a digital tool? Do it the analog way!

I think it is obvious that in an analog community like the Lomography there are some people left, who are not friendly with graphic software. But in most cases there is still an analog way left ;) let all your pictures developed and make a nice puzzle at home. If you still like the transparency effect to go with it – print it on transparent paper!

Enjoy!

written by shoujoai on 2010-10-26 in #gear #tipster #rheinturm #tutorial #rhine-tower #dusseldorf #panorama #puzzle #diana #tipster #scanning #panographic

19 Comments

  1. mochilis
    mochilis ·

    Beautiful collage!!

  2. iaki
    iaki ·

    I love this kind of photos!

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Nice !

  4. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    great! must try it out! :)

  5. amsyarhilman
    amsyarhilman ·

    I wanna try this with instant photos :D

  6. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    GIMP is the way to go, because it's free, and pretty much equals Photoshop!! I'm going to try this!!

  7. rav_bunneh
    rav_bunneh ·

    I'd live to do a version of this with my Fuji Instax Mini 7s of Aloha Tower.

  8. falsedigital
    falsedigital ·

    People really need to stop saying GIMP is "as good as photoshop" It's not. Every time you say that a kitten dies. Please think of the kittens.

  9. fash_on
    fash_on ·

    I wish everyone here would give kudos to the artists who pioneered the processes presented :)
    In this case...David Hockney, his works are amazing, one of my favorites is Place Furstenberg, Paris, August 7,8,9, 1985

  10. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    beautiful panoramic pictures! :D

  11. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    fantastic tip, beautiful panoramic shots

  12. mishika
    mishika ·

    awesome!!

  13. eatcpcks
    eatcpcks ·

    super article as ever!

  14. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Thank you all for the nice compliments ^_^ I think I wrote this article 7 month ago and already thought it had been forgotten... and thanks to @fash_on, I didn't find a source for this technique in the web

  15. gabysalas
    gabysalas ·

    Sorry for the delay in publishing. We like to have your articles get the attention they deserve, and that sometimes means waiting a bit to publish them. Great response, consider submitting more!

  16. bunadimineata
    bunadimineata ·

    I always wanted to know how people do it. And with lomography it's gonna be really interesting. Thank you very much!!!

  17. lhbdan
    lhbdan ·

    i love panographic pictures, i made one on my bedroom wall by sticking photos onto eachother :) looks super cool!

  18. bigbadwolf
    bigbadwolf ·

    I want this on my wall!!!! I will go out and shoot like crazy!

  19. asawad84
    asawad84 ·

    Inspiring

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