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Creating a Landscape Panorama in Lightroom

February 4, 2020

so hello again and in this video we are
going to go back and look at not a video that I did a few weeks ago but a video
that got quite a few comments on a few weeks ago which was the the panoramas
that we did in Tobermory maybe you remember that we were on the key side in
Tobermory we took a panorama across the across the town and the harbor at the
front and and I just talked you through that process there’s a link to that
video yes bear but the comment that got was it was great that you showed us how
to take them to tailor panorama and you showed us the panorama at the end but
you didn’t show us how to create the panorama in the computer in Lightroom or
Photoshop or whatever we use so Lightroom is the weapon of choice for
this personal exercise and I won’t go away this fit in this video he’s just
talking through that process of of creating the panorama from within
Lightroom may have notice we’re back inside we’ve not been outside for a
little while now the weather’s turned it’s been raining recently and I’m a
little bit work done in the office so I moved moved in here thought I tried try
and work a video in the kitchen for a change and what off it’s not gonna be a
regular thing we’re back in the office very soon and but yes so creating a
creating a panorama in Lightroom so let’s have a some kind of computer let’s
let’s get on there and and let’s just talk you through that through that
process so first thing first we have our panorama so here are the images that we
took on mold that day that created our panorama and as you can see we’ve got a
hand on the left and a hand on the right and if you remember from that from that
video we used a hand either own just to signify that that is our panorama and I
will just move this out to a separate folder so if you just really quick and
easy to look at so we’ve got one on that side there and Paul almost I’m not blown
that that one but so well we’ll work with it we’ll work with that
and then we’ve got the village of that side so the way to do it it’s really
simple in Lightroom we need to select the images we want to use I’m gonna go
for some bright ones I see it so I’m going to start there how am I gonna use
those for use those four there we’re going to create panoramas from those for
all of them there is upstate – the first one I’ve right clicked sorry I’ve not
the right place I’ve pulled my shift key down and I’ve clicked again and that’s
created my small selection group and they’re all I’m going to do is I’m going
to right click I’m on right click I’m just gonna go down down down down down
down all the way to where is it where is it
photomerge there is and on photomerge I’m gonna create a panorama I’m gonna
click that I think it’s got to take those every Jersey’s gonna take a few
moments just so pull those images together and this isn’t previously this
is gonna be the final image she’s gonna be a bit of a visualization of what it
thinks it’s gonna do there is that’s very bright isn’t it that image anyway
don’t worry about that so let’s have a look at some of these options you can
see straight away it’s it’s stitched that image together pretty well you
can’t see the joins remember we left a good third of the image every time we
took a photograph and we use the same exposure throughout the image we’ll fix
the most of it later on but we’ve got our panorama there now we’ve got a
number of options on the right hand side let me talk you through some of these
options first of all how we’re going to create a panorama there’s three options
here the spherical cylindrical and perspective now I’ll always say to click
around and pick one that that works for you now I’m going to tell you what each
one of these does spherical first so if you imagine that you’ve got all your
prints printed out so in this case we’ve got four four four images and we’ve
preached at least two four images and we’ve got the inside of a sphere a
football and we’ve caught that football in half and on the inside of the
football we’re gonna paste our with a bit glue we’re going to stick out our
images and we’re going to stick them to the other footballs so they’re on
they’re on the inside of a sphere that’s what Lightroom is going to try and do to
these image it’s going to create create the Foley
create the the panorama is if those images are pasted onto the inside of a
football now this works really well for the long panoramas and tall panoramas
landscapes it works particularly well the next one down is cylindrical this is
more like a can of beans or even this this bottle up here so it shot the
bottle in half and imagine we can learn half lengthways so imagine we can then
just paste the images around the inside of that bottle you know it’s only curved
in one direction a cylinder and that’s what lightens come through here and this
works really well with long panoramas because because it can just handle I
just go around the sphere the third one is perspective and perspective is none
of that it’s a straight board it’s like a like a chopping board that’s over
there somewhere I think in the kitchen imagine just taking these images
sticking them on a board in a way that that kind of looks like it it’ll work
now that this works but not for all types of images and Lightroom itself
can’t process them some of these some times so you won’t always get the
ability to preview a perspective image but perspective works really well for
architectural photographs or things where you need to keep the verticals
vertical because you don’t want verticals kind of going around the bend
or around a corner or something keeping the horizontal horizontal so it
works really well for architectural photography and things like that as
always I would always say I’m a click and see what happens and see which one
you prefer so we’re on soon cylindrical at the moment and probably you know
based on this is just a straight row of images it’s probably the one that would
use but let’s let’s try it’s very cool let’s see what changes it makes there
not a vast change to be honest in fact I can’t really see any change there is a
very small change as you as you click back onto onto slender cool but actually
either would do do well for this job and if we click on perspective it’s going to
build a preview but you can see it’s pushed it back a little bit he’s tried
to to make that Ock actually correct I’m not going to worry
about that too much I’m gonna go back to cylindrical and keep that one okay let’s
look at the next bunch of options down now we’re getting into cropping now now
you’ll notice that around the edge of this image we’ve got white bits so just
down here and that side as well and you can’t hardly see them up there but there
is white bits up there also and and that’s where there’s no image data so
well as I swung the camera around there’s bits of image data missing from
different frames and that kind of stuff in it and it’s kind of its kind of just
put those in white bits we can automatically get rid of those by
hitting Auto crop and what that’s going to do actually so we’re going to slice
the image top and bottom too to get rid of those and you’ll notice if we look
here at the top of this tree want to put Auto crop on we do lose a little bit now
it’s not it’s not cropping anything off and you can see it’s everything’s still
quite nicely in the frame but if you’ve got quite tight frame when you auto crop
it you might start to lose a little bit of the content if you’ve really sort of
photograph off we don’t in this case and so we could potentially use auto crop
the next one we have is boundary wall now this boundary warp if you can if you
leave also crop off what this is going to do this is a little bit like cloning
because what it’s going to try and do is as you grab hold of this little this
little slider here and move it to the right it is going to try and guess
what’s in those white spaces and by guessing what’s in those white spaces
it’s gonna fill them in if we move over either we’re 200% we can see we look at
this area down here it has actually filled it in no it’s not cropped it it’s
kept the same canvas size the same image size you brick what these two means kind
of stretched bits out here and there and it’s guessed a little bit and it’s
filled that area up and actually when you’ve got an image like this which is
kind of quite boring see at the bottom and and nothing of a sky at the top it
can do that really easily if you’ve got a lot of detail in the image will
struggle with that and you might want to crop it your course you don’t have to do
that here you could leave it with the white bits and
create a panorama and in doing that you don’t have to take it into Photoshop
when you’re finished and fill the bits in yourself or you can crop it yourself
or do anything you like but this is a method within within this panorama
creation tool there just allows you to do that I’m going to leave that on 2%
and then when you’ve done that we just hit merge and away it goes we can see
the task up at the top and it’s creating that that panorama for us and it should
put that straight back into this folder any second now
so there we go it’s done it and you can see there’s our image just popped
straight in there straight away let’s open that image up and have a look at it
so there we are it’s very bright on the right but we’re
about that too much this it as moment since I will fix that in a second um but
we can see here we’ve got our panorama and let’s just make that a little bit
bigger on the screen let’s get rid of those blocks over there and let’s get
rid of some stuff over here we don’t want to let menus out go away go away
there we go and and you can see there if we zoom in
then we have got a phenomenal amount of detail in this image this is a big big
image now I think that’s like I’ve got a white vignette over there oh it’s so
bright anyway you can then treat this like any other image and give it a give
it a bit of treatment in in my room so let’s have a quick do at that I’m not
going to show you exactly how to do each one of these steps but I’m just going to
do a quick edit just so you can see what I would roughly be first of all I’m
gonna get rid of all those highlights which is which is fine you can see them
the hills in the background now I don’t need to bring any shadows up because I
believe me there are plenty shadows that have been already sorted out because
it’s such a bright image you’ve had to go to go the opposite way and take them
down a touch maybe just a little teensy bit and for whites
that’s just have a fix of that that’s kind of okay let’s do that
Bernie Browns probably a black puck in there that’s probably better clarity on
it this is a bit surreal this image actually I don’t want to do haze it
vibrance on him a lot just do you hate it’ll do now leave them off let’s sort
the detail out let’s put a bit sharpening on it let’s take it up to
sixty let’s master out a little bit to about there that’s but a bit of a
vignette on the edge massive one just want to just want to be able to see that
drawing in a little bit let’s give it a crop or what dummy do
this first I think I’m on this one I’m gonna go to the edge of the white
building I’m gonna come in there to bow there I’m gonna get rid of some of that
see maybe two there okay and I think let’s try it let’s try graduated try
graduated from the right right across there to try and get rid of some of that there we go that’s not too bad let’s look at the
core temperature see if it’s okay right so there we go so there’s our panorama
that’s have a quick look at that you can see that’s that’s not looking too badly
he’s looking half respectable as a partner I you clearly spend little time
on that I mean that building there in the middle looks a little bit red I
might want to just have a play with the HSL pal we just sort that out but yeah
yeah not a bad image but that’s how we create panoramas in the light room as I
say here’s a link to the original video and that showed you how we took the
panoramas the first place the tips and tricks we use there and the process we
went through to get a consistent image and yeah I hope you’ve enjoyed this
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1 Comment

  • Reply Not Disclosed October 12, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    It’s not correct that boundary warp guesses how the edge areas are to be filled. It is not a content aware tool, it warps the existing content to fit. As you move the slider to the right, you can see the rest of the image being slightly distorted as (typically) the corners are stretched out to fit the frame. No new image data is created, it is only the existing data being stretched to fill.

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