LIGHT ROOM SKILLS

Bring your sep­a­rate panoramic pho­tos into Light­room and merge them into a raw file you can edit any way you like

Digital Camera World - - CONTENTS - Sean McCor­mack Pho­tog­ra­pher and writer

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

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