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    Stitching Several 6x12 Images

    Please humor me, I am trying to determine the feasibility of an idea I've had. I have no experience with stitching and am a Photoshop kindergartener. I am considering stitching together maybe 6-8 6x12 color photos and printing them as one continuous image several feet long. I use an Imacon Precision III scanner. I am in the market for a new computer anyway—how powerful would I need? Before I thought of this project, I was thinking an IMac. Any software suggestions—Photoshop or is there something better for stitching? I assume if I keep the camera level and squared to the scene and overlap each image I should be OK. Am I missing anything?

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    Re: Stitching Several 6x12 Images

    Not really, but Ram is your friend, so you want max Ram.

    I would consider a 5K screen iMac.

    But, I bought a PC because they are way cheaper.

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    Re: Stitching Several 6x12 Images

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Wasserman View Post
    Please humor me, I am trying to determine the feasibility of an idea I've had. I have no experience with stitching and am a Photoshop kindergartener. I am considering stitching together maybe 6-8 6x12 color photos and printing them as one continuous image several feet long. I use an Imacon Precision III scanner. I am in the market for a new computer anyway—how powerful would I need? Before I thought of this project, I was thinking an IMac. Any software suggestions—Photoshop or is there something better for stitching? I assume if I keep the camera level and squared to the scene and overlap each image I should be OK. Am I missing anything?
    Overlap should be 30% and watch your exposures so the frames match.

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    Re: Stitching Several 6x12 Images

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Overlap should be 30% and watch your exposures so the frames match.
    More overlap than I anticipated—I might need another frame or 2....

    So this is doable??

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    Re: Stitching Several 6x12 Images

    I'm not sure why you would need to stitch more than two together - if you scan a single 6x12 frame at just 2400dpi, you would end up with an image that would print about 3 feet (actually 33") wide. Stitching 6 to eight frames together, even with overlap, would give you an image in the multiple yards category...

    Assuming you have a printer that can handle roll paper and print any length, just how wide and how high do you want the print to be?

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    Re: Stitching Several 6x12 Images

    Quote Originally Posted by djdister View Post
    Assuming you have a printer that can handle roll paper and print any length, just how wide and how high do you want the print to be?
    I need to stitch multiple negatives together to get the image I want, it can't be done with only 1 or 2 exposures. I haven't thought all this through yet, but I am thinking about prints in the 5-6 foot wide range, maybe longer, by whatever height they work out to. Doing some rough math I'm thinking they will only be about 6 inches tall. I may need to refine my concept a bit...

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    Re: Stitching Several 6x12 Images

    Are you going to rotate the camera? You will have a lot of issues stitching things together to form a seamless image (unless you are going for the Joiner look). I would suggest trying it first with a digital camera and equivalent lens/crops. Also, you would do well to rig up a way to rotate at the proper place (under the lens unless it's a tele, I think).
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    Re: Stitching Several 6x12 Images

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    Are you going to rotate the camera? You will have a lot of issues stitching things together to form a seamless image (unless you are going for the Joiner look). I would suggest trying it first with a digital camera and equivalent lens/crops. Also, you would do well to rig up a way to rotate at the proper place (under the lens unless it's a tele, I think).
    I'll be moving the camera parallel to the scene—no rotating involved.

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    Re: Stitching Several 6x12 Images

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    Are you going to rotate the camera? You will have a lot of issues stitching things together to form a seamless image (unless you are going for the Joiner look). I would suggest trying it first with a digital camera and equivalent lens/crops. Also, you would do well to rig up a way to rotate at the proper place (under the lens unless it's a tele, I think).
    Under the nodal point.

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    Re: Stitching Several 6x12 Images

    Thank you Bob. I couldn't think of the right word.

    Richard, I would still definitely consider trying it first with a digital camera and cropping it to 6x12 aspect, before burning film.
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