So, did you have a good summer this year? Awesome, even?
Perhaps, you came back with lots of pictures of the same landscape and tried awkwardly with Photoshop to get panoramic views out of them but got dubious and disappointing results?
Well, enough is enough! You should download Hugin right now! An app that works on both Windows and OS X and lets you bring together many pictures into one single and large image in a very simple way.
Hugin offers you the function of opening a series of photos, finding the Exif data to know the settings of your camera when you took the photos, and you can even edit them (contrast, crop, resize, etc.). Then, Hugin automatically place control points on the pictures to match the best one. Once you’ve made the necessary adjustments, you finally have to choose the settings for exporting (exposure compensation, file format, etc.).
Wait… and OMG! It’s already done! You will get a nice big panoramic image that you can use as desktop background, play with 3D software, or just have it printed on canvas to decorate your living room.
To sum it up, I would say that Hugin is very powerful, with lots of little extras that can confuse new users, but overall most settings are automatically calculated, so it’s still accessible to everyone.