Video – Processing Panos in Lightroom

As promised, here’s a video on how to process your panos in Lightroom. The other week, I created a video tip that showed you how to manage any panos you shoot in Lightroom with Stacks (also works great for HDR). This time, I’m continuing that and showing you how to take those raw files and process them with a pano in mind (it’s really a lot like processing a regular photo with just a small change at the end). We’ll process them in Lightroom and then take it through the Photomerge feature in Photoshop to finish things off. Have a great Thursday!

Click here to watch the video. (14Mb)


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  1. mike

    1_If you enable automatic saving of edits in LR to sidecar files, bridge will read these files as such.
    2_When using the bridge photomerge action, it will open the raw files without enacting the raw conversion popup.

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  2. Hi Matt:

    Just finished watching this video. This may be a stupid question, but in the video you explained why you export low-res .jpg files as a test for the photomerge in Photoshop – that makes sense – but you go on to say that you can go back later and choose the RAW files from Bridge and create the (larger and higher res) Photomerge from there. Now my question is twofold – for one, I don”t think Photoshop worked with RAW files, and second, even if it were possible, wouldn’t you lose all of your synchronized Lightroom edits by doing so?


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  3. I was wondering why there were so many more videos on the website compared to itunes.
    Ive finally got round to investing in an ipod and am really upset that I cant get all the videos on there.

    Please Matt – wave your magic wand and make them all available to us

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  4. I was wondering if someone could help out with a technical question regarding the Podcast?

    Some of the Podcasts that were saved down for the Lightroom Killer Tips Videos didn’t have the Podcast Flag set to yes. This causes them to be listed in the Movies folder of iTunes and not with the other Lightroom Podcasts in the Podcast folder. Even if you move the files to the APLKT folder manually and try to reimport them, they still show up in the Movies section of iTunes.

    I spent the better part of a day trying to find a way of editing the Podcast Metadata to turn the flag on and group all of Matt’s Podcasts together, but I couldn’t find a solution on Apple Support or on the web that would work. Is there anyone that could point me in the right direction?

    Thanks for everything and thanks for an amazing year Matt!

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  5. Matt,
    Great video! Great advice for processing first in LR. Time for me to get to processing some panos I took in Santa Barbara and Las Vegas!

    I hope to get to one of your workshops one of these days.


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  6. Hey Matt – this is what I have been waiting for! Thanks for the tip! I was originally thinking of just editing one of the images from LR to Photoshop so that LR will eventually make the copy inside without me importing back the merged photo, but opening them all in Bridge is the faster way to do things! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh – I am also having problems with iTunes…

    – Mike

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  7. I am also having difficulty with the pano video.

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  8. Matt,

    When working with panos, when should the sharpening be applied? I normally export unsharpened TIFFs from Lightroom, use PhotoMerge (in PSE for me), re-import the resulting TIFF back into Lightroom, and do my sharpening on that final image. Sound right?


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  9. Hi Matt,

    Same problem as Markus here, your latest episode doesn’t appear through iTunes.


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  10. Hi Matt!

    Unfortunately, I am not able to download your lastest episode via iTunes… Could you please fix it?


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  11. Matt,

    Thanks a lot for the great vids. This one had me scroll through my complete library looking for every panos I could possibly process… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Unfortunately there’s a limitation in LR (and it’s still there in V1.3.1) that won’t let you import files with more than 10’000 pixel in either direction. When working with large panos this will easily be a problem… I ran into it processing a city skyline from Sydney only using 4 horizontal jpegs from my Canon 20D.

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  12. Great video. What’s the advantage to taking multiple shots for pano versus one shot with a wide angle (at the smallest aperture possible)? I assume the multiple shots route gives more detail.

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  13. Michael:

    That’s a great start for taking panos. You also don’t want to have a polarizing filter ( or any filter I would think ). That will change the “blue” of the blue sky to different saturations.

    Full manual is key though ( WB, ISO, focus, aperture, and shutter speed ).

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  14. Matt,
    Great video.

    So the real trick is to shoot vertical in manual mode and leave the camera on that manual exposure setting right? Also overlap the images.

    I shoot nieghborhood panos for an architect and It seems that I’m always struggling with the panos stitching together. I can’t use a tripod for this type off pano because I am in the middle of the street most of the time.

    -Thanks for your time and Happy New Year!

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