Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video The Auto method, part of Creating Panoramas with Lightroom.
- Let's import some images and we'll try the Auto Method to see what Lightroom comes up with. I'll make a new Collection here, and we'll call it 5_Projection and put that inside the Pano collection. There we go. And let's import. Go over to Library and choose Import.
Go to section 5 and we'll bring these all in. Now, we're gonna talk about the benefits of each of these and let's just get familiar. Here's that Auto Method for that vertical panorama that we just explored earlier. We're gonna stitch it now. We've got The Perspective Method, which is gonna use a strong central anchor point, Cylindrical for wrapping things around a cylinder, in this case 360, and Spherical because we shot upward at an angle.
This was a two pass panoramic photo. All right, let's bring those all in and choose Import to add them. They all made it, we'll select them and make sure that they're in the Projection Collection. Let's start with that Auto panorama. To get things organized though, why don't we stack these. Photo, Stacking, Auto-Stack by Capture Time.
6 stacks sounds correct. Let's collapse that one, here's the next one, there's our 360, our auto one, and interior, and a spherical. Looks good. Let's start with the auto one. I'll select the stack, right click and choose Photo Merge, Panorama. There we go. Don't be thrown by the fact that it looks overexposed. This is because the source images are HDR sources, so they have a wide dynamic range.
It simply brought the bulk of the image up to a midtone, which led to a blown-out sky. It decided that the best method was Spherical here, because there was a lot of tilting of the image as we tilted the camera up to capture the panoramic photo. As the camera tilted back, essentially we moved along the surface of the sphere. This makes sense. Note, camera tilting creates a bit of an arch. As such, Spherical was the right method.
But sometimes you didn't shoot the pictures that you have to process, so you might not know how they were acquired, or maybe you just lack confidence. Auto is a good place to start. Now that it has it here, I'll just click Merge, and it processes the photo, and it will add it into the collection. Remember, you can check the processing here by clicking on the status indicator, and you can see the Merge. This will give you an idea on the progress. Let's fix that and then we'll quickly finish the image with a few clicks.
There's the new image. Let's double click, and we'll go to the Develop module, choose Auto for white balance, and Auto Tone. Let's recover the Exposure a bit. Looks a lot better. There's our Highlights slider, we'll pull that down a little, lift the Shadows up and bring the Blacks up a little.
That's looking much better. A little more Clarity and Vibrance, and if we put that side by side, you see that it did a great job on the merge, and all of the raw information inside of that pano led to a great overall image. Remember, this one was created using HDR sources. We'll explore HDR a little bit later. I'm gonna just finish the crop here and pull that edge in slightly to get rid of some of the fringe.
We'll take that upward to get a little more sky and downward to see the ground, press return, we have the new crop. Looks like I got a little bit of the sky in the corner there, so I'll just refine that. There we go, and we've got the final image. All right, that looks good, and Auto was the right choice. But let's move in to the Perspective Method.
- Shooting strategies for panoramas
- Organizing photos in Lightroom
- Starting Panoramic Photomerge
- Merging raw files
- Changing your projection method
- Automating the panorama process
- Combining Lightroom and Photoshop
- Creating an HDR panorama