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A Stitch in Time

You’ll often find it necessary to combine two or more photos not by pasting parts of them on top of each other but, instead, by stitching them together to provide one larger photo that encompasses both images. This technique can help you supply missing image area where none was available before, or, more commonly, to create panoramic wide-angle photos.

There are special panoramic cameras that take an extra-wide photo on one piece of film. Ordinary Advanced Photo System cameras from Kodak and others perform the same trick simply by cropping the top and bottom of your picture using a mask built into the camera. The photofinisher’s equipment recognizes this wide-angle mode and gives you extrawide 4 × 10-inch prints from the narrow slice of negative. Of course, you could do the same thing by ordering an 8 × 10-inch print and clipping off the top and bottom, but that costs more and you’d have to compose the narrow image in the camera using only your mental powers.


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