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How to create HDR Panorama image in Adobe Lightroom CC

Final version

Hello my friends, today I want to show you what am I learned from my experiments on nature/landscape photography. Did you knew actually that you can create extra large and even High quallity panoramic images just with your 20Mp camera ? Well yes, you can and today I will show you how to do it very simply.

Main gear that you will need for these workshop:

  • DSLR camera – to be able shot RAW format on different Exposures.
  • Tripod – for accurate results (can be done also handheld)
  • Remote trigger – also needed to avoid shake and get the most possible sharp images

Software to edit the images:

  • Lightroom or Photoshop – to blend the images together. I use both, just cause some edit processes are more easily to do with one or an other program but don’t worry you can go also with one of them. With Photoshop you will be able also retouch some unnecessary details from the scene. In these tutorial I will show how to do it in Lightroom.

Optional what you could be need in some cases:

  • Hood for your lens – if you are shooting in sunny day to avoid flares
  • CPL filter – I would not suggest you to use CPL, because you can end up with messy uneven sky colors. For me in some cases it works, in other I just edit the images in post processing to achieve the CPL filter effects. Just try to shot 2 different images with sky and compare them in your camera before you go for primary shooting process, if you see heavy difference in the sky colors then remove the CPL filter.
  • ND filter – If you are using ND filters, then be sure you have a good one, otherway you will end up with a bunch of crap images with ugly and uneven color tones. Again here I just would say to avoid it, until it is absolutely necessary for your light condition.

So enough with the gear toys and let’s jump to the tutorial.

  1. Mount your DSLR on tripod, level it by using the tripod level 3D bubble or use the horizon.
  2. Setup your ISO (lowest = less noise), aperture between 8 and 11 (for more sharpness on most lenses) and as last thing your shutter speed until your exposure level goes to the +/- 0EV.
  3. Split your panorama to 3 compositions.
  4. Take 3 Images of different exposure levels starting from -1EV until +1EV (if your scene is very contrasted you may need to take more images of different exposures) by changing only your shutter speed, or by using the auto bracketing mode that the most dslr cameras support. Make sure that your camera is still and use your remote trigger instead of pushing the shutter button on the camera.
  5. Now turn your dslr so that the new composition overlap 1/3 of the previous scene, so you will get best blending results. 

If you did everything correct then you end up with 9 (3 parts x 3 different EV images) RAW files that you will insert in Adobe Lightroom.

Edit in Lightroom CC

Insert your RAW files in Lightroom. Choice all the 9 files and go to the Lens correction and check the "Remove Chromatic Aberration"
Then choice the first 3 images > right click > Photo Merge > HDR
Once it creates the HDR image be sure you have uncheck the Auto Tone and click Merge. It will create your first HDR part, repeat it with the rest images.
So you have now 3 HDR raw files witch contain a HUGE information of shadows, highlights, colors etc. All you have to do now is to Merge them into a Panorama image and that you can do quickly by selecting all the 3 files > right click > Photo Merge > Panorama and WoALa !
You have now one Super RAW Panorama file with huge resolution (the current is 7806x5908 after some crop) and amazing information that your camera sensor capture, witch can be fine adjusted and edited as you like.

So as you see these technique make you able take some amazing high resolution images, that is an advantage if you are print your images in big format, and after all who don’t want to be able shot with he’s amateur Dslr large images like it would be some 50Mp camera.

Thank you all for your attention and I hope you learned something today that could be useful for your photography experience. Leave comments, ask questions, follow me on other social media to stay in touch and if you want any advice feel free to contact me !!!! Cheers

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