Printing the image
The wealth of detail offered by stitched landscapes is best appreciated in large format prints, such as those produced by Canon's imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 printer. For the multi-image composites shot with the Canon EOS R, David's files were processed through Canon's Digital Photo Professional software, then further enhanced using Canon's print software solution Professional Print & Layout. It includes the DPRAW print function, which enables high-definition printing, and the HDR print function, which allows for the adjustment of highlight areas in high-contrast images.
"I was able to use this software to pull back highlight information, even blown highlights, and enhance the tonal range of the prints," he says. "The difference between the 'before' and 'after' images was like night and day. The end result was a print that had incredible detail and clarity, partly because of the number of images used to make it, but also because the tonal range is really impressive."
David has printed many of his images himself on a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000. "It gives beautiful image quality," he says. "The 12-ink technology gives wonderful gradation of colours and tones, and there's a lovely depth to the blacks."
David says the ability to print larger panoramic images on the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 and the CANON IMAGEPROGRAF PRO-300 is a valuable feature on Canon's desktop pro printers. "Panoramic images look lost on an Instagram post or on social media, but they look amazing when seen as big prints," he says. "When you're showing images to clients or an audience, a print makes a statement in a way an image on a screen cannot."
Canon printing expert Suhaib Hussain points out the technical benefits of this panoramic feature. "It allows photographers to print their wide images in larger format, without borders or having to crop, while maintaining the aspect ratio of the original," he says.
"Users can now adjust the printable length under custom settings to a maximum of 990.60mm (CANON IMAGEPROGRAF PRO-300) or 1,200mm (Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000). On previous models, this was capped at 676mm. The printers also support official panoramic size media available from vendors such as Hahnemühle, up to 594mm x 210mm. Having a larger printable length means more images can be nested onto a single page to optimise on ink and other media usage."
David says that when he sees the final product it makes all the effort of creating stitched images worthwhile. "I still think it's magic when you assemble all the images you're going to use, click the button to stitch and they come together on the screen and finally in the print," he says. "That still gives me a kick, after all the years I've been shooting landscapes."