Last week my video tutorial covered the step by step process of capturing a sequence of photos that you can stitch into a panorama. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how, step by step, to easily stitch and develop a panorama in Lightroom with last week’s photos.
Before Lightroom CC/6 stitching a panorama resulted in a JPEG. But now, in Lightroom CC/6, a raw DNG file is created when you stitch a panorama. Stitching to DNG yields higher quality results than JPEG.
When I’m done stitching the pano in the video, I demonstrate how to develop it for the dramatic effect you see above. Lightroom stitched this perfectly, but repeated the same speedboat from two different frames! Lightroom tries its best. Hey, it’s fun nonetheless.
Stitch and Develop a Panorama in Lightroom
Now, if you can’t wait to shoot your own panorama and want to try stitching – download 7 of my photos from this shoot and try it right now. They’re significantly smaller raw files than I used, so they don’t take very long to download. (My apologies, they lost some of the sharpness in scaling and compression, otherwise, this would be a 250MB download instead of 20MB!) See how easy it is to stitch and develop a panorama with Lightroom! Don’t forget to use the Lightroom Spot Removal tool to remove that extra speedboat!
And, if shooting and stitching panoramas really gets into your blood, then check out Hugin, a free panoramic stitching software. This program is far more robust than Lightroom and one of my favorite stand alone stitching programs. Based on the open source stitching software originally created by German professor Helmut Dersch of the University of Applied Sciences Furtwangen, Germany, the software is always being updated and the current version is very stable. Not only is it free, it’s a detail oriented stitching program, with a tremendous amount of control and a reasonably logical user interface. So, if you’re finding Lightroom doesn’t give you enough control, give Hugin a try. Enjoy!