How to stitch photos into a panorama and adjust its exposure

You may stand on top of a mountain and enjoy a beautiful landscape. You have to move your head to see everything in the scene. I am sure you want to capture the landscape with your digital camera. But the lens of your camera is not wide enough to capture the whole view, aka, the panorama. Then, how to get the panorama you want? Don't be worried. Thanks to modern software technology, panorama stitchers have been developed and come to your rescue. You can shoot different parts of the panorama and use the software to stitch multiple photos together to form a single, wide photograph. After you get a panoramic photo, you possibly need to adjust its exposure to enhance the photo quality. Then, you can take advantage of a photo effect editor. There are numerous products of the two kinds of software on the market. It takes much time to find easy-to-use apps to do the jobs. To save your time doing so, I'll introduce you to two apps with which you can easily stitch photos into a panorama and adjust its exposure.

Photo Stitcher by Vertexshare

Stitch photos into a panorama

As the name implies, Photo Stitcher is a piece of professional software that is designed to stitch multiple photos into one photo. With a set of editing utilities provided by the app, you can further touch-up the stitched photo.

Launch the program and you will be greeted with a sleek and clean window. The window consists of two panels. The preview panel takes up most of the window. In this panel, you can zoom in and pan the stitched photo, modify its width or height, and edit it. A set of tools to edit photos in many aspects are available in the right-side panel. You can choose the horizontal orientation or vertical orientation as the direction in which you align the imported photos. Besides, you can add inner spacings and outer spacings to the stitched photo. In addition, you can cut the unwanted parts from the stitched photo to obtain the section you want. Moreover, you can draw free-hand shapes, squares and arrows over your photos. What's more, you can hide the sensitive information of the photos using different styles of mosaics. It is also possible to protect your stitched photo by watermarking it if you want to make your work public. Add a watermark to the bottom of the stitched photo or full-page watermarks to the entire stitched photo. Furthermore, you can choose the colors on palettes for the spacing, watermark, and shape

On the whole Photo Stitcher is a lightweight and user-friendly photo stitcher. It enables you to merge photos seamlessly and retouch the merged photo using its abundant editing tools. Believe it or not, the merging process can be done within seconds to minutes. In a word, regardless of whether you want to make a dramatic panorama or create an impressive collage, Photo Stitcher is a great choice.

Now, let's see how to use Photo Stitcher to stitch photos into a panorama

How to stitch photos into a panorama with Photo Stitcher 

Step 1.

  • As is known to all, a panorama is a large field of view. So, one important thing in a panorama is the consistency of exposure. To make sure the shots have the exact same exposure, shoot photos with your camera in manual mode. The photos have to overlap each other by a certain margin. I suggest you overlap the two adjacent photos by 20%.
  • Once you are done taking photos, open Photo Stitcher. Go to the right-side panel. Select "VERTICAL" or "HORIZONTAL" as the direction in which you place the photos.
  • Throw your photos into the drop box. Or click on "File"->"Add photo" to import your photos. You can also import photos by clicking on the "Add" button. To remove the imported photos, click on the "Remove" button next to the "Add" button.
  • If you import large-sized photos, they will not fit the preview panel. To make them fit the preview panel, click on "Edit"->"Fit Screen".
  • Maybe you want to change the order of the imported photos. Press the "Edit images" button beside the "Remove button" to open the "Edit images panel". In this panel, you can rearrange the photos by dragging and dropping them.

Step 2.

  • Sometimes, you might want to frame the stitched photo to bring the view of the photo into focus. Go to the "SPACING" section in the right-side panel. There are three options. Choose the middle one to add outer spacings to the stitched photo. Choose a desired color on the palette as the color of the spacings. Drag the "Outer" slider to adjust the thickness of the spacings.

Frame the stitched panorama

Step 3.

  • Press the "Save as" button to export the stitched photo to a desired location. Or click on "File"->"Save As" to save the stitched image into a destination folder. After a few

Photo Effects by Vertexshare

Adjust the exposure of the panorama

Photo Effects is another product released by Vertexshare. It aims to manipulate the visual aspects of the photo. Coming packed a bunch of filters, this simple yet powerful photo effect app lets you optimize the photo effect in an all round way. You can use it to adjust the exposure of the panorama photo by fine-tuning the lightness, contrast, and saturation. Let's see how to do it in Photo Effects.

How to adjust the exposure of the stitched panorama with Photo Effects

  • Open Photo Effects. Drag and drop your panorama photo into the program.
  • Go to the "Exposure" section in the right-side panel. Slowly move the "Contrast", "Lightness", and "Saturation" sliders to the left or right to increase or decrease the contrast, lightness, and saturation. You can click on the "Comparison" button on the top toolbar to compare the original photo and the changed photo.

Compare the original photo and the changed photo

  • When you are satisfied with the adjustments, press the "Export Photo" button to export the changed photo to a specified location.

Summary

A panorama is an unbroken view of an entire surrounding scene. With the help of Photo Stitcher, you can fast combine a series of shots of the scene to get a panoramic photo. By using Photo Effects, you can take the quality of the panorama to the next level. Both the two apps are straightforward and do not require expertise. They are very suitable for people who are beginners in photo post processing.

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