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Combination Of Multiple Photos - Is It Allowed?

Posted by: Kalevi Tamm on 01/09/2013 - 12:07 PM

Hi, as I'm new here, I have question. I know upsizing is not allowed, which is understandably good, but what about combination of multiple photos, like this "Panoramic stripe" of Cuban doors - is it allowed, is it this kind of unusual dimensions suitable for FAA system?
It seems not fit for cards option.




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Posted by: Mary Bedy on 01/09/2013 - 12:14 PM

Kalevi, I think other would have a better answer for you, but on a greeting card, I believe the person buying the card can move the image around or at least re-size it. Obviously that panoramic image will not fit correctly on a greeting card, but it's a wonderful image for a print. Very unique.


Posted by: JC Findley on 01/09/2013 - 12:16 PM

Yupp, allowed AND encouraged as it is unique....

I am actually working on an image like this as I type this. (Different subject, same concept.)


Posted by: Charles Kozierok on 01/09/2013 - 12:18 PM

It's certainly allowed, but I would imagine not a lot of customers would have a place to put it.

I do a fair bit of panos myself, but I try to keep the aspect ratio under control as much as possible. :)


Posted by: Mike Savad on 01/09/2013 - 12:39 PM

pano's are fine, but they will appear as a thin strip on the screen and details in the loupe won't be there. because of that they don't often sell. but you can do them. in fact there are 3 reserved sizes and pricing for them.

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Posted by: Gregory Scott on 01/09/2013 - 1:00 PM

I have lots of panos, and have never sold one.
I'll say that FAA display formats do not work well with extremely wide aspect ratios. I would suggest nothing higher than about 4:1.
I have some that are more like 15:1. very few views for them, much less sales.

Stitching together images generally retains the sharpness and detail of the image, so there is other problem, other than the 25mb size limit, perhaps. You may have to compress a jpg somewhat if it exceeds that limit.

You might want to consider offering this as a diptych or triptych.


Posted by: Harry Lamb on 01/09/2013 - 1:17 PM

I have'nt sold any Panoramics either. Gregory is right; I tend to kep panos between 3:1 and 4:1. I don't see anything stopping you though.


Posted by: Angelina Vick on 01/09/2013 - 1:24 PM

Yes...they are allowed. =)

Because printing is done off of whatever size your image doesn't have to be a standard size.


Posted by: Kalevi Tamm on 01/09/2013 - 2:01 PM

Thanks to everyone for helpful suggestions!



Posted by: Ryan Burton on 01/22/2013 - 12:18 PM

Decided to try a panoramic. Hoping this might ketch someone’s eye. And this is my first try at a panoramic so I would love some feedback.
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Posted by: Yury Yanin on 01/22/2013 - 5:12 PM

...I know upsizing is not allowed...
Upsizing is not prohibited, it is not recommended. When you upsize an image in Photoshop, the resulting image usually becomes blurry or blocky, which is bad for printing. FAA tries to produce prints of a high quality and may regect an order if the downloaded image can not provide a good print of the ordered print size. FAA can not check quality of each uploaded image though, so promotion of your art, providing its printable quality and so on - it is mostly YOUR responsibility. If you can provide a printable quality of parts and the whole picture and hope to sell such panoramic pictures - you are on your own.


Posted by: Lynn Palmer on 01/22/2013 - 5:14 PM

@Mike I've been creating panos and dyptychs, what are the reserve sizes and prices.


Posted by: Paul Cowan on 01/22/2013 - 5:20 PM

The loupe does give full size views on panos.


Posted by: Patrick Jacquet on 03/18/2013 - 7:34 AM

Another alternative beside panoramics is to upload a "standard" landscape version (when possible of course !)

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Posted by: Mark Papke on 03/18/2013 - 8:55 AM

I have upsized a couple images just out of curiosity to see how much it degrades, not for FAA just for my self. I went from a 16mp taken with my D7000 to 24mp and there really isn't any degradation that I can tell. I also just got a D600 and upsized a picture from 24mp up to 32mp first and then to 48mp and both looked great. I saw an article online talking about whether you need D800 when you have a D600 because upsizing images works so well on a D600, so I tried it out. Sometime I'll try to push it farther. I guess it all depends on the camera, lens, and how much upsizing you do. I wouldn't try it probably on an entry level camera and cheap lens.


Posted by: Gregory Scott on 03/18/2013 - 10:02 AM

I want to correct Paul's statement: "The loupe does give full size views on panos."

This is not always true, particularly on very large, very high aspect ratio images.
Here is a thread where I documented the issue:


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