The above picture is a result of 24 photos stacked and merged together to produce this HDR and Panorama view. How I do if ? Following are steps that I took.
Steps to HDR/Panorama photography
1) Use a good tripod with level metering. Here I also used a Manfrotto 303Plus Precision QTVR Panoramic Head with Quick Release Bracket.
2) Getting there early, to give yourself time to find the desire view and set up your camera.
3) I’m using my Canon 24-105mm lens. I set the focal length at 35mm vertical view. This allows me to cover large view in each frame.
4) I do some tests, to make sure that each frame will have about 30% overlapping, for my post processing to Panorama view.
5) When the moment is right, I take 3 exposures (using in-camera bracketing, i.e. -1 , 0, + 1 stop) per frame. I have taken 8 frames at 3 different exposures using RAW file.
6) When reached home, each frame with 3 exposures were processed and stacked using HDR function in Photoshop. Each HDR is saved under 8-bits.
7) From the 8 HDRs above, I also manually adjust the exposure again to ensure no over-exposure area on each frame.
8) Once I’m happy with the above, I then merge all 8 frames using Panorama function in Photoshop. Use the “Merge Visible” under “Layer” to remove any hairline gap in between each frame.
9) The merged photo is then flatten, sharpen, adjustment on exposures and contrast to give the final look.
The above post processing will take a bit of time.
Happy photographing !!