How We Shot It: Panoramic Portrait Using Wireless Flash instead of HDR bracketing
In one of our recent tutorials, we talked about how to decide whether or not it is a good idea to shot bracketed images and create an HDR.
In this situation, I strongly considered using an HDR technique to help expose for my subjects’ faces. Why? Well as you will see in the video, it was very difficult to be able to place a flash, as my subjects and I were both perched up on a rock ledge!
Sometimes however, bracketing is not the best answer; flash is. In this tutorial, we will look at the tricks I used to set the flash and get this shot before the sunset light faded away.
The Lighting Diagram:
The Final Panorama:
In a future video we may delve into the processing of this image, if you are interested. Unfortunately, a warning beforehand: I probably spent hours and hours fine tuning this original shot that I created years ago. However we can still get into the essential skills of panoramic merging. There are also plenty of tutorials on Panoramic HDR techniques in our HDR Workshop DVD, which you can read about by clicking HERE.
Take care, and happy clicking,
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