I've never stitched images together before, but last week I was presented with a scene that I found to be absolutely astounding. I thought to myself, "this is really special; perhaps one day I would like to make a big print of it - really big, like 5 or 6 feet across......too big for my 16MP sensor to give me great results from a single frame."
So, I zoomed in and took a series of images by panning across the scene. Just handheld - there was no time to set up a tripod - no time for anything extra - the light was rapidly fading.
Now these images, about a half dozen of them, need to be stitched together. But I don't know where to begin. I bought Photoshop several months ago, but pretty much abandoned using it because I can't just quickly and easily figure out how to do things in Photoshop - doing the stuff I want to do there would require, like, actual research and focus and concentration, and, quite frankly, I just don't have it in me to put forth that kind of mental effort. So I know that if I got stitching software, and it had a learning curve, I would just end up never using it, and I don't want that to happen.
So, is there any image-stitching software out there that will stitch these images together for me - and not require me to do anything - anything - other than dragging and dropping? I mean, I am looking for a program in which all I have to do is to drag the photos into it and it will automatically stitch them all together all by itself without me having to do anything else.
Also, I would like the stitching software to be able to work "by itself". By that, I mean that I don't want something that operates within another program, or as an add-on to another program (I think the term I am looking for is "plug-in" ? ) I want something that will work all by itself and not require me to have any other program in order to use it.
Any such thing?
By the way, these are the images I want to stitch, and a pic of the whole scene. I know that for optimal results, I should have shot the frames vertically - but alas, there was no time for that, as that would have required much more careful, precise panning, and like I said earlier there was precious little time to do anything - I am lucky to have been able to rip these shots off freehand before the sunlight disappeared.
Heck, I didn't even have time to set the white balance manually, so I realize that I may have to adjust the white balance in some off the frames so that they match the others (that's no problem for me to do in Photos). I was aware of the potential WB issue, but was literally afraid that if I took the 8 or 10 seconds to adjust WB, that the light would disappear and I would miss out altogether.
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Photo from Tom Reichner's gallery.