One of the best ways to learn about something is to play around with it. Lightroom CC has added some new features including merge to panorama. Now we will probably all try out how it works the regular way, but I like to ask the “what if” questions and see what kind of trouble I can get into. This is often where I can find out how far I can push a feature or get unexpected results that lead me in new directions of inspiration.
So I have three pictures that were taken in the same place as folks walked by and I wanted to see how Lightroom would handle them if I tried to merge them as a pano. They were all shot in about the same spot and not even close to being usable as a pano, but I wanted to see what Lightroom would do. My initial thought in trying this was… “hey maybe they will lineÂ them up side by side as an easy to make triptych-(3 panel shot).”
I selected each shot and then went to Photo>Photomerge>Panorama
I immediately got a rejection in the Panorama panel saying it didn’t work.
Not to be thwarted…
I hit cancel and tried again after I unchecked the Auto Select Projection box and choose Spherical.
This time I got a mash-up of the three images sort of like a triple exposure… which I thought was pretty cool and completely unexpected.
So I tried the other two options which resulted in slight variations, but nothing earth shattering.
Now it didn’t give me the end result I expected andÂ I ended up editing them and then takingÂ each image intoÂ Photoshop and merging them.
However,Â it did give me a chance to play and experiment with a new process and understand it a little better, as well as giving me a great new ideaÂ about mashing various images together just for the fun of it, to see what I get. So remember, Lightroom is so forgiving… have fun and push the boundaries and you may even surprise yourself with what you figure out and end up making. Get in there and play! 😀