High resolution stitched images

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Leica M8 Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron

By combining images together using the Photomerge function in Photoshop, I'm able to get very high resolution images from cameras that have lower pixel counts. The reason I have been able to use m4/3 for the last couple of years for my landscape stock work has to a large extent been as a result of this.

Leica M8 Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron lens
Leica M8 Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron

The M8 has an image size of only 10MP (28MB) and since many of the libraries I contribute to have a 48MB minimum, this is a much more satisfactory alternative than interpolation.

I often only use 3 or 4 images with the intention of making the final result look like any other image. i.e not a panoramic shape. By doing this I usually get a file of between 50 & 70MB from the M8, equivalent to an image taken with an 18-25MP camera.

Leica M8 Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron lens
Leica M8 Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron

Because there's no upsizing or interpolation taking place, the file is of very high quality and the increased resolution is genuine. As you can see in these examples I've shown the out of camera jpgs at the top, and the final stitched image at the bottom, which I've put together from the raw files and edited and adjusted in Photoshop.

Yesterday I shot a few with the Nikon D7000 and 24mm f/2.8D lens.

Nikon D7000 24mm f/2.8D lens
Nikon D7000 24mm f/2.8D 

This produced images of around 100MB or the equivalent of a 35MP camera.

Nikon D7000 24mm f/2.8D lens
Nikon D7000 24mm f/2.8D 

Nikon D7000 24mm f/2.8D lens
Nikon D7000 24mm f/2.8D 

A few thing to take care of with this -

Its important to leave a good overlap.
Its vital to keep the same exposure and focus point for all images.
You have to be comfortable with the transform tools in Photoshop as all images need some warping and straightening.
This process can slightly soften the image so some sharpening needs to be added.
Lenses from 35mm or 35mm equivalent upwards give the best results. There's often too much distortion with lenses wider than this.

If you are quick and there's not too much movement you can include people and action in the shots.

Leica X1
Leica X1