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By: Bernard Languillier

IntroductionImage quality... Although I am convinced that the essence of top level landscape photography lies elsewhere, there is no questioning the impact of a very large sharp print. 

A fascinatingcomparison of high-end digital backswas recently published atThe Luminous Landscape. The conclusion that struck me most was that a casually processed 39MP file is real close to a very well scanned 4X5 transparency. 

Is there a way for rest of us to get close to these wonders without selling our sailing boat? 

There is. It is called stitching. Quoting somebody whose name I forgot, –"Stitching is the Linux of image quality,"– a mostly dirt cheap method to get sky wide prints with huge potential but some limitations, just like Linux in a way. 

Stitching has been around for some time. The most commonly practiced method isspherical stitching. The camera is rotated around the entrance pupil of the lens so as to...

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Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.
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