Have you ever desired to take a panoramic photograph and your camera doesn’t have the panorama feature? Do you want to do panoramas without switching to Photoshop or other specialized software? Have you forgotten to take your wide angle lens with you on your vacation? Do not give up on the amazing scenery that is in front of you. Following this tutorial, all you will have to do is photograph some parts of the scene and the software will process your images to produce a panoramic image within Lightroom CC (2015).For those who are not familiar with Panoramic Photography, it is a technique of photography that captures a series of images using a photographic camera and aligns them all together, to make a single photograph with a wider aspect ratio than a commonly used photograph.
Before Lightroom CC (2015) came out, in order to stitch together multiple images, you needed to switch between Photoshop or use other specialized software. Even though there are some cameras that have the panorama feature built into them, but most professional DSLR cameras do not.
Recently, after the latest update, you can create your panorama images inside Lightroom CC itself. The best part is that after the software process all the images, it will create a brand new seamlessly stitched RAW file from the images without rendering the images in pixels, with this new raw file, you will be able to retouch the panorama preset in Lightroom as you would any other image. So, you have to know first how to install Lightroom preset and once it has been installed, you can now create your panorama images inside the Lightroom CC.
Panorama is a feature that has been missing for a long time in the software. In order to create breathtaking panoramas, just follow the simple steps below.
Step 1 – Take multiple shots with your camera
- With your digital camera take multiple pictures from left to right or from bottom to top, depending on the scenery you have chosen.
- After the first shot is taken, while shooting the subsequent photos, make sure to get a little bit of the scene of the previous image so that Lightroom has data to render them together.
- If you are using a DSLR or a camera that can manually change its settings, do not change the aperture of the camera. For example, if you use an aperture opening of F11 make sure you use it in every single shot.
- I did not use a tripod to shot the images used in this tutorial, although it is not crucial, the use of a tripod is recommended.
Step 2- Import your images into Lightroom
Import the images that you have photographed.
File/Import Photos and Video
Step 3 – Select the images
Select all the images that will be used. Shift+click the first image and click on the last image in order to select all the images.
If your images are not in sequence, (cmd+click on the mac or ctrl+click on the PC) on each image to select them.
There is no need to adjust your images on the Develop Module at this stage. We will do it afterward, on the final image.
Step 4 – Merge the images
After selecting the images, go ahead and merge them together.
Photo / Photo Merge / Panorama (cmd+M on the Mac or ctrl+M on the PC)
Panorama Merge Preview box will appear.
- Auto Select Projection: Lightroom will choose automatically which projection fits better.
- Spherical: The images will be aligned and transformed as they were inside a sphere. Best for wider or multi row panoramas.
- Perspective: The images will be aligned and transformed as they were mapped to a flat dimension. Best for architectural photography.
- Cylindrical: The images will be aligned and transformed as they were inside a cylinder. Best for wide panoramas, but with straight lines.
- Auto Crop: The white edges will automatically be cropped. You can also crop it later on even crop it inside Photoshop, that way you can recover these white areas.
click Merge after the best settings are chosen.
After that, Lightroom will render all the images together. Depending on your machine it may take some time to do the renderings.
Step 5 – Adjust the final stitched image
Select the new file and adjust it on the Develop Module as you would normally do in any other image.
In the end, you will end up with a nice panoramic picture. So, did you enjoy our tutorial? You may want to check on other tutorials such as How to Correct White Balance in Photoshop and let me know if you find it helpful.