Panoramic Stitching In A Few Simple Steps | Landscape Photography

With Member Nick Bedford

In a recent video, I was asked how I shot and merged my panoramic landscape photographs. In this video, I explain how to set up your tripod for the most accurate series of frames in a series that can then be brought into Adobe Lightroom and stitched using the Merge to Panorama feature.

Cameras: Nikon D810 & Leica M Typ 240 Lenses: Sigma ART 50mm F1.4 & Leica 35mm Summarit f/2.5 Filters: 82mm Kenko Circular Polariser Tripod: Manfrotto Befree with Novoflex Panning Base Shot on Panasonic LUMIX LX10 with RODE SmartLav+ lapel mic. Edited in Final Cut Pro X.

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Nick Bedford Talks Landscape Photography

It's shown me in recent weeks and months that I'll never achieve these things I desire without room to fail, room to learn in the deep end and room to accept the rough weather, literally and figuratively.

YouTube and Instagram can be a dangerous time sink. Dangerous to your sense of contentment with a so-called "normal life" — aka going to work during the week, going on a bit of a morning hike on the weekends, grabbing coffee with friends, seeing a band and so on. Dangerous because those two particular platforms have become a massive inspiration to people, photographers or not.

Millions can all experience fear of missing out in unison, and that can't be a good thing. Watching other people do what you're not can be a source of anxiety amongst people, and I'm no stranger to its effects, but knowing that this is a thing, can I justify my own insatiable need for wanderlust?

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Best Shots of All Time

Continuing a 3 year run of deep dive movie analysis, CineFix's Movie List finally gets around to calling it's Best Shots. Before we even started to make this list, we collected close to 1000 of our favorite shots, categorized them, then made the tough choices you see in this video. It's part 1 of several in a series of our look at all the different types of shots, how they're used and why. 

We start our series of the Best Shots of All Time by looking at size, breaking down some of the best close ups, mediums, wide shots and extremes in film history. But it's not all about looking pretty, we dive deep into how and why each kind of shot is used.
 

The Picks:

Close up - The Passion of Joan of Arc
Wide - The Godfather Pt 2
Medium - Raging Bull
Extreme Close up - Psycho
Extreme Wide - Lawrence of Arabia

We continue our look at some of the best shots in all of film history by digging into relational shots, two shots, over the shoulders, group shots and crowds. Not just based on how cool they look (because there's too many cool looking shots for that!) but how they work and wh

The Picks:

Over the Shoulder - Paris, TX
Dual Layer - Persona
2-Shot - The Master
Group Shot - Barry Lyndon
Crowd Shot - Metropolis

And of course a ton of honorable mentions! From the Graduate and Chinatown, to The Usual Suspects and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
 

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WHEN WILL MEDIUM FORMAT RETURN ? by ZACK ARIAS

Zack has written a great article asking the very question I go to sleep mumbling at night .... "when will a digital medium format affordable rangefinder be born" Like really, give me a Digital version of the 'Bronica RF645' and I will be the happiest man in pajamas. If your listening FUJIFILM, yes you. I have been as happy as punch with how you have taken chances and created what must be one of the most innovative and exciting photography brands on the planet. So I point the finger and say... "MEDIUM FORMAT X100 PLEASE'.

Now Zack is no Newb when it comes to Fujifilm. I am betting his little rant is 'more' than the ramblings of a mad man, but rather the eager ejaculator of well educated truths.

I am betting my fav pillow that Fujifilm are DEF bringing a 645 Medium Format interchangeable lens Rangefinder Camera to the photo world very, very, soon.

Build it and they will buy

I love medium format. I’ve always loved it. If you have never shot medium format, or a format above it, you are missing such a sublime and beautiful part of photography. DSLRs are fantastic. I wouldn’t be a photographer today if it weren’t for the Nikon D100. That 6 megapixel APS camera relaunched my career and I’m forever grateful for affordable digital gear like Nikons and Canons and Fujis and Sonys and the like. I can’t imagine life without them and I don’t want life without them, but life without medium format sucks.

Let me say that again for emphasis.

 

LIFE WITHOUT MEDIUM FORMAT SUCKS.

 

I’ve told this story many times and I’ll make this as brief as I can. A few years ago I attended an opening in Dubai presenting the work of the instructors teaching that year at GPP. One of the photographers showing work was Drew Gardner. His prints stopped me in my tracks. My jaw hit the floor. I got really, really close to them. He walked up beside me and I began to say, “There’s something about these prints…” He stopped me and simply replied, “Phase One, mate. Medium format.”

It was then and there that I began putting a Phase One into my budget. I was going to have a medium format again.

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