Decades ago, in grad school, I took a class on the economics of software development. In that class we had to read a book, The Mythical Man Month by Brooks, which is the source of the quote ‘nine women and a month don’t make a baby’. As much as I would like to hurry things along in photography, there are things that take time.
I think printers were put into this world to teach us patience ! For the last several months I have been having problems getting people’s faces to print correctly (landscapes to a lesser degree). I have profiled everything several times. I have checked and rechecked everything. I ran out of ink and had to wait for the new ink to arrive, a little better, but not great. Then I noticed that on one of the endless printer quality runs that I was missing the light gray swatch. Now it was waiting for the new print head to arrive and time passes. Finally, new print head, and voila (calibrate, and profile) – the faces are starting to look better.
Panoramas, although not as frustrating as my printer problems take time. I have 2 different programs that will stich a set of images together to build a panorama; Photoshop & PT Gui. The one on the the left is a combination of 31 frames. The one above not as many. The programs are relatively quick, but there are an interesting series of issues that show up when building panoramas.
-Often there are gaps in the panorama where there is not a frame for a spot. Then you have to fill it in with Photoshop work.
-There is too big a dynamic range in the photo, and so work needs to be done.
-There may be waves that span multiple frames that don’t line up that require careful editing in Photoshop.
– The is bigger than 2GB, and so is a .PSB file that is not recognized by Lightroom.
-It may be under the 2GB limit, and so can be a .PSD file, but the pixel count exceeds the current maximum pixel count in Lightroom.
-Once you have the file in a workable size, printing it becomes an issue on several fronts, the one on the left is 24″ wide and about 7.5 long; what do you do with that?
Having a big beautiful print is a great joy, but there are only a limited number of places you can put panorama. Not to mention the mounting costs….
Putting in the time to build and print a small copy of a panorama is extremely rewarding, but it is an exercise in patience.
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