Combining multiple photos into one

  Recently, I visited several SUNY campuses to photograph new buildings for a client.  While each building serves a different purpose, it’s clear that the focus is on technology, innovation and the environment.   One of the challenges that I faced during the shoot was photographing large areas, while at the same time keeping the photo sharp and at a high enough resolution.  Since the area was too wide to capture with one shot, I used a technique called photo stitching.  The concept is that you take several photos and merge or “stitch” them together, creating one larger image.  You can use Photoshop or other specialty software to help you merge your images.

Below are the three original images along with the final stitched image:

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Some tips for photo stitching are:

- Make sure each of your images have identical settings.  Having the same aperture, ISO, shutter and focus will help you align the images seamlessly in Photoshop. 

- When you capture your images, align your images either horizontally or vertically.  Several tools will help you do this.  They include tripods, sliders, and specialty lens.

Click through the gallery below to see some of the other images from the shoot.

Thanks for checking us out and comments are always welcome!

Best of the Bronx

At my other job as Technical Director for the Lehman College Multimedia Center, I have the opportunity to work on some interesting projects.  More importantly, I have the opportunity to work with some cool people including students, faculty and professionals on a variety of these projects.

This summer, I was asked to be the Project Manager for Best of the Bronx, a project at Lehman College, producing videos highlighting the Bronx.  Through a grant from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), we were asked to create a Master Class environment in which students created ten one-minute videos highlighting locations in the Bronx, some not so well known.  Nineteen students, along with outside professionals and Lehman College faculty, were selected to work together as a production team to create what would become an awesome, collaborative environment -from conception to completion.  The videos would not only be shown on NYC channels on television, but in taxicabs across New York City! 

Students were involved with every aspect of the project- writing, musical scoring, shooting, graphics, talent and editing.  The Master Class was an amazing environment where everyone learned something.

Check out the first video above and click on the picture below to check out the project website where you can see the rest of the videos, see behind the scene images, and learn more about the people involved in the project. Thanks for checking it out!

Click on the image to check out the  Best of the Bronx  webpage!

Click on the image to check out the Best of the Bronx webpage!

Are they coming for me?

  I always thought my first real blog posting would be a self-promoting breakdown of an awesome photo shoot.  A witty description of how everything went perfectly, including a breakdown of the gear, the lighting and perfect teamwork.  Well, while this was an awesome photo shoot, it’s fair to say it didn’t go perfectly or close to how I planned it.

  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph the new Air Traffic Control Tower at McArthur Airport, a 130 foot high building built to replace the previous tower, which was built in 1962.  I scheduled the shoot late in the afternoon and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect with blue skies and a few clouds. What could go wrong?

  I made arrangements with the coordinator at the tower to meet at the gate.  As I arrived, I called her on my cell and she notified me that she would be right down.  So to get a head start, I took a stroll around to figure out which angle I would shoot at and which lens I would use.  As I made my way back to my car, it appeared there was commotion on the other side of the airport.  Two airport police cars were streaming across the airport property, lights and sirens, clearly after someone.  As I got closer to my car I noticed that the police had turned down the road I was on.  I quickly scanned the area trying to identify what they were after, as there must have been someone or something out of the ordinary.  It was at that moment that I said to myself “Are they coming for me?” and when the officer pulled across the road in front of me. I had my answer. 

  So, after a background check, a small conversation about protocol, a car inspection, and confirmation that I wasn’t on the “No Fly” list, everything was back to normal.  The officers were very professional and in the end we chuckled and discussed how to handle it better next time. Who knew a car randomly parked on the side of the road at the airport with a man wandering around was suspicious?

  So, as for the shoot, everything went really well after that.  I took several  photos from a few angles on the Canon 5D Mark II, using a 16-35mm, a TS-E 17mm and a 70-200mm lens.  I worked with my buddy Rob at Unique Graphics on the post work, avoided being arrested and in the end walked away with a few cool photos.

  As for take away here?  Make sure you have the proper permission and approvals before arriving to your location.  You’ll avoid unnecessary headaches and stress, allowing you to put a little more attention towards your photos. 

  You can scroll through the two final images below. 

 

 

and so it begins... brendanmcgibney.com blog no.1

   Welcome to BrendanMcGibney.com and to my first blog of many to come.  My goal is to share my journey through the worlds of photography and video as I travel it.  I’ll keep it simple and sweet and ask you to come back for more.

  Throughout my career I’ve learned so much from working and collaborating with others.  I’ve also learned a ton by studying others through their work, their blogs and their videos.  There is nothing like a peek behind their curtain to see how they tick and that’s what I plan to do here: to share not only my finished photos and successes, but the struggles and work that went into them.  I’ll lay it all out there and welcome the feedback.