Merging Images • Article by Alain Briot
Digital collages are a very common way of creating images larger than your lens can capture. Alain Briot compares the tools available for creating these images in Lightroom and Photoshop to see which produces the best results
In November 2015, while photographing during the 2015 Fine Art Photography Summit in Death Valley, I found myself on the Badwater Salt Flat at sunset. Due to recent flooding the playa was covered with water, a rare occurrence in a land known for its dryness. There were clouds in the sky, which is another uncommon occurrence. On top of all that, around ten minutes after sunset the clouds turned red. When combined, these elements – water, reflections, salt patterns, clouds and sunset colors – created an opportunity for a unique photograph.
Faced with having to decide how to compose the image I decided to capture the entire scene, as this was the best way to showcase what was taking place in front of me at the time. However, I was using a Phase One digital back on a Hasselblad SWCM-CF camera and the fixed 38mm Zeiss Biogon lens. This system did not allow me to …