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Shooting and Processing Panoramas

with Richard Harrington

Video: Welcome

From holding the camera to stitching the shots, learn how to turn a series of separate shots into beautiful seamless panoramic photos.
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  1. 1m 40s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know before watching this course
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 2m 25s
    1. The end product
      1m 20s
    2. The objectives
      1m 5s
  3. 6m 24s
    1. Determining a target delivery size
      1m 5s
    2. What is field of view?
      1m 48s
    3. What is the nodal point?
      2m 33s
    4. Postprocessing choices for panoramic photography
  4. 8m 47s
    1. A solid tripod for panoramic photography
      1m 22s
    2. Choosing a tripod head
      2m 52s
    3. Lens choices for panoramic photography
      2m 14s
    4. Compensating for the nodal point
      2m 19s
  5. 4m 59s
    1. Shooting source images in JPEG format
      1m 49s
    2. Shooting source images in RAW format
      1m 21s
    3. Stitching in camera
      1m 49s
  6. 14m 21s
    1. Leveling the camera platform
      2m 17s
    2. Cleaning the lens
      3m 28s
    3. Locking exposure and focus
      1m 58s
    4. Shooting with overlap
      1m 50s
    5. Minimizing camera shake
      1m 43s
    6. A refresher on the exposure triangle
      3m 5s
  7. 8m 50s
    1. What is GigaPan?
      1m 46s
    2. Building the GigaPan platform
      2m 39s
    3. Framing and recording the shot with the GigaPan system
      4m 25s
  8. 5m 18s
    1. Why shoot an HDR panorama?
      1m 22s
    2. Setting up for the shot
      2m 27s
    3. Shooting the source images
      1m 29s
  9. 11m 49s
    1. Shooting a 360-degree panorama
      4m 20s
    2. Shooting handheld
      2m 6s
    3. Shooting panoramas using an iPhone
      1m 11s
    4. Using Photosynth for panoramic photography
      2m 59s
    5. Using 360 Panorama from Occipital for panoramic photography
      1m 13s
  10. 5m 47s
    1. Using a card wallet
      1m 8s
    2. Transferring data
      3m 22s
    3. Choosing a working drive
      1m 17s
  11. 8m 40s
    1. Using stacks in Adobe Bridge
      3m 35s
    2. Renaming and renumbering image sequences
      5m 5s
  12. 31m 30s
    1. Basic exposure with Camera Raw
      7m 10s
    2. Advanced recovery with Camera Raw
      7m 26s
    3. Reducing noise with Camera Raw
      3m 24s
    4. Removing dust with Camera Raw
      7m 2s
    5. Choosing a bit depth
      2m 21s
    6. Compensating for lens distortion
      4m 7s
  13. 1h 18m
    1. Initiating the Photomerge command from Bridge
      1m 29s
    2. Initiating the Photomerge command from Photoshop
      1m 47s
    3. Initiating the Photomerge command from Lightroom
      4m 16s
    4. Choosing an alignment method
      4m 37s
    5. Compensating for lens distortion
      7m 19s
    6. Blending the photos
      2m 51s
    7. Post-merge cleanup
      5m 44s
    8. Using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter to remove distortion
      4m 4s
    9. Merging the 360-degree panoramic photo
      10m 16s
    10. Merging the HDR panoramic photo
      13m 44s
    11. Merging the GigaPan panoramic photo
      5m 38s
    12. Using Photoshop filters to enhance panoramas
      3m 18s
    13. Using third-party filters to enhance panoramas
      9m 36s
    14. Additional third-party filters to enhance panoramas
      3m 49s
  14. 13m 36s
    1. Using the Photo Filter adjustment layer
      2m 5s
    2. Refining shadows and highlights
      4m 8s
    3. Improving contrast in panoramic photos
      2m 29s
    4. Adjusting vibrance in panoramic photos
      1m 26s
    5. Converting panoramas to black and white
      3m 28s
  15. 24m 40s
    1. Should you flatten a panorama?
      2m 47s
    2. Cropping a panoramic photo to a target size and resolution
      5m 23s
    3. Saving panoramas for printing
      3m 37s
    4. Saving panoramas for the web
      12m 53s
  16. 58s
    1. Goodbye

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Shooting and Processing Panoramas
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Do not let another breathtaking scene go undocumented. Learn how to capture wide landscapes using panoramic shooting techniques, whether you're using an iPhone or a professional DSLR. Rich Harrington explains general panoramic concepts, like field of view and nodal point, and then describes the technical details for getting great original shots: how to properly mount the camera on a tripod, how to overlap each shot, which lenses deliver best results, and more. Next, learn about optional hardware like the GigaPan system and sliders, and a variety of mobile apps for capturing 360 panoramas. Finally, come back into the studio to learn how to process the photos in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camera Raw.

This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Choosing your gear
  • Compensating for the nodal point
  • Stitching in camera
  • Leveling the camera platform
  • Locking exposure and focus
  • Shooting with the GigaPan system
  • Shooting HDR panoramas
  • Shooting with an iPhone
  • Managing data from a panorama shoot
  • Reducing noise and removing dust with Camera Raw
  • Initiating the Photomerge command
  • Blending the photos
  • Refining highlights and shadows
  • Saving panoramas for print and the web
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Hi, my name's Rich Harrington, and I'd like to welcome you out to a great day of shooting. We're in the Las Vegas desert, and we're going to be putting together some panoramic photos, and it's a great location for this. We're at Red Rock Canyon, we've got some great mountains here, lots of texture, it's really interesting-looking out here, and I'm going to walk you through the whole process of how we locate, build our camera out, stage the shot, acquire some great panoramic photos and then we'll head back into the studio and put all the pieces together. We've got an exciting day in front of us so let's jump in.

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