Throwback Thursday – fun with photo joiners

This was one of my favorite things to do while at photography school. It was always the most fun I could have with architecture photography which was one of my weakest kinds of photography. Teach me how to play and have fun doing something I dread and something beautiful gets created. This is a building in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. A favorite of mine, growing up I always lived in a house, which I was grateful for, but was always curios about what it was like to live in an apartment, or as we call it in South Africa a “flat”. This was one of the bigger flat buildings in Port Elizabeth when I was young so it always fascinated me.
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Photo joiners are created by:

1 – Choose a subject (I prefer still objects)
2 – Use a tripod, this makes the experience so much more enjoyable.
3 – This is a great opportunity to play with the manual settings on your camera, choose different modes between each shot or simply play with the ‘buttons’.
4 – Move the camera around from left to right taking a photo that overlaps the last until you reach the edge of how much you want included in the final image. Then move the camera to the beginning point and tilt it down but still include enough of the original image that will have an overlap. Continue doing this until you have the images you need to create your final project.
5 – There are 2 ways to do this, print out all the images in a 4×6 size so that nothing is cropped! Or overlap everything in Photoshop, bear in mind this does take up a considerable amount of RAM and might end up with you tearing your hair out.
6 – Line up the images as close as you want to make a ‘bigger picture’
7 – Glue them down
8 – Voila! A beautiful piece of artwork!


Try including Diagonal lines this helps create a sense of movement.

Don’t forget to play with your exposure, make some dark and some light and some perfect.

Find something that will keep the eye in the image, in other words choose an object that will be on the edge of your final artwork.


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