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In my opinion, there is nothing like getting out in the great outdoors, hiking way back into the back country and then camping all night long on the snow and then in the morning, unzipping your tent, and opening up your tent flat to a vista like this. There is something powerful about panoramic photographs. I think it's because they're so cinematic. You can't just take them in at one glance rather you have to look all around the frame. Here what we are going to do in this movie is explore how we can create breathtaking intriguing panoramic photos.
Well, here is the final image that we are looking at in Full Screen View Mode in Bridge, what did the original file look like? I will press Spacebar key to go back to Adobe Bridge, and here you can see the original photograph. This is what I started with. A lot of times what happens in landscape photography is that because we're taking in so much of a scene, whether it's of mountains or a cityscape, it's hard to really know what to look at. So what we can do is we can create this panoramic effect by working on the overall crop and color and tone, in order to create something that perhaps has much more impact.
Well, that's what we'll be exploring how we can do here. Where do we start? Let's go ahead and start up with this raw file. This is the file as captured. Let's open this one up in Camera RAW by pressing Cmd+R or Ctrl+R. Now one of the first things that you want to do when you first open up your images, is you want to work on the Exposure a little bit. In this case, I want to add a little bit of Fill Light, just brightening up the foreground here a touch, and perhaps a little of clarity as well. I am trying to determine is this image a keeper or not? A lot of times with such a wide open scene it doesn't look like much.
So next, I want to crop in. We can do so by clicking on the Crop tool and then by simply clicking and dragging across our photograph. What I am interested in doing here is trying to create a bit more drama. I want to make this image even a touch more interesting. I want to do that by leading up to a particular point in the image. What I want to lead up to really is this area over here of the photograph. Next, I think I'll add a bit more sky, because I think those mountains are beautiful. And it will add to the overall expansiveness of this.
So again, I am just trying to explore and find a crop that I think looks interesting. Part of this is about composition. It's not about Camera RAW or really Photoshop here, it's really about how can I create context? How can I build an image that I think will draw the viewer in and lead them up to a place. In this case I am just doing this freeform transformation in order to change the overall photograph. Next, press Enter or Return to apply that. Now, here we can start to see, yeah! Now, we have an image. It's starting to emerge a bit.
We can lead into this area. We have this really nice skyline above and if we want to change this, all that we need to do is press the C key, and then we can make further changes either changing the top or the bottom. In this case, I just want to add perhaps a little bit more headroom up here, and then press Enter or Return. A couple of more things, let's double- click the Zoom tool, that will take us into 100%, press the Spacebar key to click to reposition this, and then let's make our way over to the Detail panel.
In the Detail panel, what I want to do is add some Sharpening so that this looks good here as far as these details. Also, I am going to go ahead and try to reduce some of the noise there that's happening, with this longer exposure. Then add a bit of contrast in that and just work out some of those details, and color details, go back, add a bit more sharpening, and then kind of go back and forth with these controls until I have a good looking photograph. Press the P key and there you will see your before and then after. With all Raw files, we need to do some sort of sharpening.
With this image, because I want to go for some really nice contrast, I am just setting the stage here. I am doing my input sharpening. Next, press the Spacebar key, and click and pan around, and see how some of the other areas of the photograph look. Well here I think we're going in a pretty good direction. We can start to see that this image is coming to life little by little. We need to take this much further, and we're going to do that in Photoshop. So here, let's go ahead and click Open Image. This will then open up this photograph inside of Photoshop. Alright! Well now that we have our photograph opened in Photoshop, we are ready to continue to work on this to really make this image come to life.
Let's explore how we can do our Photoshop work in the next movie.
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