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|Re: Bracket and Blends: How To|
< Reply # 29 on 1/29/2008 10:46 PM >
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|Posted by racetraitor|
I've gotten a little better at photoshop and figured how how to align the pictures better. You can see a good example of this, applied slightly differently, in my Fortune Tellers thread. I set one layer's opacity at 50% and try to match it with the one underneath. Once they line up you can really easily tell. Another thing I had trouble with was rotating the pictures so they line up, but using "transform" that works perfectly.
I don't use a tripod. They seem too time-consuming to me, although I'll have to give in soon. If I were using a tripod, I think just the act of adjusting the shutter speed would move the camera minutely so the images wouldn't perfectly align.
Aha! Yes, not using a tripod will greatly complicate this process. Shooting off a tripod doesn't bother me at all, maybe because i did so much night shooting back in the day, but I hear ya...a lot of people don't like it.
I would definitely consider busting out the tripod for this. It will make blending the images infinitely easier. I have never had an issue with adjusting the shutter speed throwing the alignment off...just be careful and try not to bump the camera when you do it. I've blended about 5 shots before with no alignment issues whatsoever. I can't really think of a time where I've ever had to move or warp the images shooting off a tripod.
The one thing that can be tricky is that sometimes (especially with divided light windows) the darker shot will show areas that are just completely invisible in the brighter shot, and that can be weird to try and blend. Sometimes it seems off, even though it isn't.
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