Bulking Up Panoramic

Bulking Up Panoramic

                Bulking Up Panoramic – A Photographic Story

Bulking Up Panoramic Photograph in front of bulk food display


Bulking up panoramic is a story of two tales.

I went shopping at the warehouse store, Winco, with my friend Jack and soon found out why he drinks so much coffee.

I could see that the bulk coffee display was overwhelming — visually and with the strong aroma of coffee — and it fed into his addiction to caffeine perfectly. 

As I looked around, I spied more bulk displays that were more than enough for any addiction.

The candy bulk display grabbed my notice.

That one did not have a strong aroma, but the amazing array of colors, and towering size of this monolith, was attention-grabbing.

I saw it from halfway across the store!

Bulking Up Panoramic Candy Display

It was well over 8 feet tall, and contained every imaginable type of wrapped candy.

I must have spent 10 minutes just staring at all the different items before I remembered that I should take a photograph with my cell phone.

When I snapped one, I realized that taking an image in its “regular” capture mode would not do it justice — so I switched to “panoramic” mode.

I have since changed the name from panoramic mode to addiction mode! Since I bought my iPhone from Apple, I have been amazed by its image capture in both still and video images.

I bought an exterior mic for good voice sound quality, and installed the cell on a tripod, to stop any shaking. The result looks very professional; I will be making video interviews in the near future.

To be fair, I did minor edits to these panoramic images on this page using Photoshop. I added sharpening and color saturation. I would have done the same with any images that I might have taken with my Nikon DSLR’s. That’s just what good photographers do with their photographs, no matter what medium they use.

I guess the moral of this blog post is, do not let an opportunity go by without taking photographs that help tell a story and record some of your life, for yourself and others. After all, with a good cell or DSLR, you are the family historian…

Perspectives on Watermarks (and Various Methods to Protect Your Images)

Perspectives on Watermarks (and Various Methods to Protect Your Images)

  Photographers sharing their perspectives on watermarks:

    Jeff Sinon, Jeff Sinon Photography
    Mary McAvoy, The Ripest Pics
    Karla Aguilar, Traveller Soul
    Richard Smith Jr., Reckless Pixel
    Marcus Kazmierczak, Mkaz.com
    Jen Hooks, Light Candy
    Pam Kocke, Pyjammy’s {Identical} Triplets
    Donncha Ó Caoimh, In Photos
    Stephen McLeod Blythe, All My Friends Are JPEGs

Many photographers display watermarks — commonly known in the form of a visible marker such as text, a logo, or a signature — on photographs for various reasons, while others strongly prefer not to add them. Here, we’ve asked a handful of WordPress photographers their takes. You’ll read a mix of opinions from bloggers who take pictures for different reasons, their various experiences and methods, and links to other sources of information.

Crashing surf, granite spires, and the sun braking through the clouds, all combine in this dramatic image carpeted along the rocky New Hampshire coast.

Crashing surf, granite spires, and the sun braking through the clouds, all combine in this dramatic image carpeted along the rocky New Hampshire coast.

Like other roundups on The Daily Post that compile the best practices of bloggers, our goal is not to tell you what’s “right” or “wrong,” but to present a range of perspectives so you can decide what you are most comfortable with — and choose the best route for you and your photographs.
Do you use watermarks on your blog images? If yes, why is this important? If no, why is it not necessary for you?

    Jeff Sinon is a nature and landscape photographer. He’s an active Daily Post participant and has written posts for us on composition and image orientation.

Jeff: Yes, always. I use watermarks as both a security measure against image theft, as well as for branding.

Considering the “if it’s on the internet it must be free” mentality that seems so prevalent, I do everything I can to make sure my photos aren’t used without my permission and that I’m being compensated for their use. I make my watermark fairly large so that an attempt to crop it out will usually have a detrimental effect on the photo. I use my watermark, along with only sharing low-resolution files, as a deterrent to unauthorized use.

Image by Jeff Sinon

    My watermark is also my logo, my brand.
    –Jeff Sinon

My watermark is also my logo, my brand. It’s very distinctive and recognizable, letting people know that they are looking at a photo by Jeff Sinon. While some people argue that a watermark detracts from the photo, I’ve had almost universally positive feedback on my watermark, with only a handful of people complaining about its size.

    Richard Smith Jr. is a photographic artist from New Jersey.

Richard: Do I use watermarks? My answer is yes and no: it depends on the nature of the photo. I am a photographer and more so a Photoshop artist, and I create images that may be printed and sold, or I might have a client who has hired me to create an image. Either way, I will watermark it when posting to my blog. I feel the mark should not be distracting: a simple custom watermark in the lower corner is sufficient.

To read the rest of the article and the other photographers opinions go here.