LIGHT ROOM SKILLS
Bring your separate panoramic photos into Lightroom and merge them into a raw file you can edit any way you like
Bring your separate panoramic photos into Lightroom and merge them into a raw file you can edit any way you like.
THE vista is laid out before you. Your initial photos show that either you can’t capture the scene in one photo – or if you can, it’s kinda small, and there’s a lot of that boring sky. You could crop the sky out after, but then you’ll lose the quality you need for a decent print. You know it’s time for a panorama – so you shoot a sequence of overlapping shots to edit later.
Traditionally, you’d now be at the point where you have to edit each file, then render the raw to bring into Photoshop, or another app to merge the files together. Because the file is rendered, you’d have less leeway in editing after, which isn’t optimal.
Fortunately Lightroom can come to the rescue here with its Merge To Pano tool. It creates a stitched file that retains all the edit-ablity of a raw file, because it is actually a raw file – a DNG file to be precise, Adobe’s Digital Negative format.
Sean McCormack is a photographer and writer based in Galway in the west of Ireland. He’s the author of The IndispensableGuide toLightroomCC. seanmcfoto.com