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Shooting source images in JPEG format

From: Shooting and Processing Panoramas

Video: Shooting source images in JPEG format

So I've got a stable platform. I've got an interesting backdrop. Got the camera ready to go. All that's really left is the decision. What should I shoot? I'm going to start with the easy one, and that's JPEG. When should you shoot JPEG? Well, in my opinion, when it's the only choice you have. If you're shooting on a point and shoot, and your camera doesn't offer Raw then shoot JPEG. Now, you might be wondering, but JPEG's fine. A lotta issues with JPEG. Particularly when you're shooting a panoramic.

Shooting source images in JPEG format

So I've got a stable platform. I've got an interesting backdrop. Got the camera ready to go. All that's really left is the decision. What should I shoot? I'm going to start with the easy one, and that's JPEG. When should you shoot JPEG? Well, in my opinion, when it's the only choice you have. If you're shooting on a point and shoot, and your camera doesn't offer Raw then shoot JPEG. Now, you might be wondering, but JPEG's fine. A lotta issues with JPEG. Particularly when you're shooting a panoramic.

So, what's going to happen here is, as I pan across and shoot, we're going to get multiple photos. The potential challenge with JPEG, is that the camera is doing in-camera processing. And some cameras are smart and will do exactly what you tell them to do, but many are trying to optimize your image. Now, optimizing an image is a nice way of saying the camera, with very little to no input from you, is going to develop the files for you. You don't want that.

Only shoot JPEG if it's the only choice you have and if it is the only choice you have, strongly consider shooting at the highest quality, largest file size that's offered. But JPEG is incredibly limiting. If I'm going to shoot JPEG, I really need to pay close attention to the meters. So when I look into the camera and I read things I'm going to tend to shoot maybe one stop underexposed. If not a full stop, a half stop. I have to be very careful about clipping things.

In a shot like this, where we've got the rocks, and the sky above I want to make sure that I don't blow those clouds out to pure white. Now with a RAW file, that's a piece of cake, but with a JPEG, not so much.

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Shooting and Processing Panoramas

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  1. 1m 40s
    1. Welcome
      36s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      35s
    3. Using the exercise files
      29s
  2. 2m 25s
    1. The end product
      1m 20s
    2. The objectives
      1m 5s
  3. 6m 25s
    1. Determining a target delivery size
      1m 5s
    2. What is field of view?
      1m 49s
    3. What is the nodal point?
      2m 33s
    4. Postprocessing choices for panoramic photography
      58s
  4. 8m 48s
    1. A solid tripod for panoramic photography
      1m 22s
    2. Choosing a tripod head
      2m 52s
    3. Lens choices for panoramic photography
      2m 15s
    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 20s
    1. Why shoot an HDR panorama?
      1m 23s
    2. Setting up for the shot
      2m 27s
    3. Shooting the source images
      1m 30s
  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 48s
    1. Using a card wallet
      1m 8s
    2. Transferring data
      3m 22s
    3. Choosing a working drive
      1m 18s
  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 39s
    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
      58s

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