How to do an HDR Panorama in Lightroom

– Bonjour, mesdames et messieurs! In this episode, I wanna show you how to do an HDR Panorama in Lightroom. (inspiring orchestral music) Bonjour mesdames et messieurs! My name is Serge Ramelli. I’m a French photographer
from the amazing, the incredible, the
romantic city of Paris! But I’m in New York right now working on my color book of New York City, and I wanna talk to
you about a new feature that just came out on
Lightroom: HDR Panorama. I’m giving you all the raw files so you can do your own pano HDR. Click up there to get the raw files or the link down below the video. Let me show you how to do an
HDR Panorama in Lightroom. Okay, there is the new
option that came out, if you go to Lightroom,
About Lightroom Classic, it should be Release 8.0,
and that’s been something I’ve been waiting for a long
time, which is Panel HDR. So, what is a Panel HDR? Well, I’ll give you one
of my best examples. I’m actually gonna give
you all these raw files, so you can play around with them. This is the McWay Falls
in Big Sur, California, one of the nicest lagoon sort of beach. It’s a place you can’t really go down to, you can only shoot it from high up, and I came there with an amazing sunset. So I took a series of,
that’s a normal shot, an underexposed shot,
and an overexposed shot. But I felt I wanted to get more, so I went a little higher up,
that’s the normal exposure, that’s the underexposure,
and that’s the overexposure. See how crazy that sunset
was, I was so lucky. Then I moved to the right,
that’s the normal exposure, that is the underexposure,
and that’s the overexposure. Now, check this out. I’m gonna select all of that, right click, Photo Merge, and here’s a
new option, HDR Panorama. Yes, HDR Panorama. So, not only, it’s gonna
create an HDR for every photo, but it’s also gonna make into Panorama. Now, the HDR in Lightroom
is a very natural HDR. All it does is really give you the details of the highlights and
shadows you’re missing. As any panorama, you
have different option, which is, basically, what
they call projections. It’s different way to,
basically, put together your panorama, so I
always look for spherical. The problem with
spherical and cylindrical, you see how the horizon
is completely curved? That’s not good. Because that’s really hard to correct and it really is destroyed, but if you fix perspective,
now the horizon’s straight, something is weird there, but this part I don’t really care about. In fact, I am just gonna
go and click on Merge. Now, you don’t want to do auto-crop, because then I’m gonna
lose a lot of the sky, and I like some of the sky there. Auto Settings, you see
Auto Settings is gonna do some color correction for you. Using all exposure, create
stacks, that’s kinda cool, cause that’s gonna stack all
the photo into one thing. So, and it says, “Warning! HDR Brackets merged with
Align Image and Deghost Off.” To merge with different settings merge HDR Bracket individually, before merging the resulting
HDR DNG to a panorama. What it means is that if you want to use the option of deghosting, which is, deghosting is important when you have a bit of wind and your leaf is different from like
one photo to the other, like there is movement and it’s gonna make
like a ghosting effect. Now in this case, I don’t the issue because there was no wind at all, so all three photos the leaf, the trees, and plants are almost in
the exact same position. So I’m gonna click on Merge, and it’s gonna create a HDR panorama. But what’s crazy about
it, is that HDR panorama is just gonna be like one super raw file. Okay, and that’s always interesting. So here we are, that’s the (mumbles), it went pretty fast cause it’s, you know, a lot of photos. And now you’re like, “yeah,
but how do we do this?” Well, what I do, because it’s a raw file, before I go to Photoshop and
sort of start cropping it, I mean I can crop it, you
know, I can go in there and then, you know, make
sure the horizon’s straight. I can crop this whole part here, cause I don’t really care about that. What I do care, is a little bit of, about the, this sky here missing and I’ll show you in Photoshop how to get that back,
maybe just like that. So, you know, it’s still very cropped but look at this, if I
press I on my keyboard, and I do big prints for galleries, it’s still, you know, 6859 pixels wide. So it’s still a lot of pixel, enough for gallery to
do a very nice print. And now I’m ready to do my magic because, the thing is, knowing you’re
dealing with a 32-bit image, meaning when you bring it under highlights you’re getting all the highlights back. When you (mumbles) shadows, you’re getting all the (mumbles) shadow
from the overexposed photo, from the highlights you’re getting from the underexposed photo,
I can do my black point, I can do my white point. You know, and look how crazy,
it was really like that, it was the whole sky was like pink, I can adjust the white balance,
I think something like this, and I didn’t even touch, it
was a very saturated scene. So we just have to get that, maybe add a bit of contrast,
not too much, okay. And, when you deal with
HDR, sometimes I think it’s a little too much on the highlights so I’m gonna bring that down, I want to go for a very natural feeling, like really the feeling
that I had when I was there, I don’t want to, you know,
add too much saturation, like this is gonna be crazy. I think the whole photo
is a little too magenta, so I’m gonna back down a little bit and then I want to do
something about this sky, so I’m missing this sky here, I know I am. So, but I’m first gonna go here, I’m gonna lower the exposure cause I really want to put
some emphasis on the sky here, and then, think the photo
still lacks of contrast, I still want a very contrasting photo. Contrasting photo do
really well on the web, and then, I think, you know, I’m gonna use a nicer
bracket here, for the bottom, lower the exposure, cause I
don’t like this whole part here, I don’t really like, okay
well that’s way too dark, just make it a little bit darker. What I do really like, what
I want people to look at, is really the sky here and the lagoon. So, I’m gonna make a big
circle, invert it, feather it, and wherever I want people to look at I maybe gonna add a bit
of yellow in that part, in the bit of exposure, just there, cause I want people to look here, and then I’m going to
make another circle here, I’m gonna invert it, I’m gonna feather it, and I want to add, maybe,
just a little bit of light in the lagoon, cause I like that. Look at this, this is a beach where there is a waterfall on the beach, it’s great, it’s really good. Okay, and I do like all my
retouching ignoring this cause I want to create
this later on in Photoshop. So we still get a bit of a
distortion here on the tree which is kind of whatever,
but, and maybe, you know, because I used the, I should
have gone a little less white if I didn’t want that distortion but that sunset was so
quick that’s all I had, but, honestly, I really
like this panorama. But I think the way I’ve
printed it at the end was something like this,
I did something like this, I didn’t want to be so,
cause I didn’t like that the tree was too stretched here. And I took this a while
ago, it’s just I love revisiting my old photos as
new technology comes out. Let’s see here. Let’s take care of the sharpening first. So let’s go in there and
I’m gonna sharpen this, usually I have this
formula where I go about 90% of sharpening, about
10 of noise reduction, and about 50 of masking. Okay, that’s a little bit my formula, gives me a good, sharp photo. Yes, I love it, and now let’s right click, edit, into Photoshop CC 2019. Yes, cause now we are in 2019 I’ve updated all my
Lightroom and Photoshop. Photoshop, I’m gonna
drag and drop this here so I can show the before and after. And, on this, I’m gonna take the polygonal lasso tool
and just make one click, two click, three click,
four, and just close it. So now I have a selection that’s little bit bigger than this and all I have to do is go to Edit, convert our fill, and now we have a new option in (mumbles) our fill,
which is really cool, is part of Photoshop CC
2019, where I can mask out, like I don’t want the tree
to come to this place, I only want the sky. So if you go here, you see I can mask out with the minus, by default it’s that, so I’m masking out, and said,
don’t take into consideration this part of the photo,
so anything which is green is gonna get taken into consideration to replace that missing element. I don’t want Photoshop to look
at this part of the photo, I only want Photoshop
to look at the sky here. Okay, and then… Now this is a cool option,
we see here in real time what’s gonna happen and see, it’s kind of, there is like something
a little bit weird here, it doesn’t look, like, completely in, so I can go to Color
Adaptation and go very high and, check this out, if
I go very high, look, the sky is just perfect
and then I click Okay. And this is, and I’ll do another video just on this new option. So it put it into a new layer, undo, so that’s with a new sky, okay, and then I’m just gonna,
basically, save this cause all I wanted is Photoshop for that and it’s gonna reimport into Lightroom with this corrected, we have a
little bit of an issue there, I didn’t crop it
properly, but that’s fine. So I’m back in Lightroom and, voila, I’m just gonna crop that because there was something missing, and there you have it. HDR pano using Lightroom and Photoshop CC 2019
and their new option. Alright guys, I hope
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17 Replies to “How to do an HDR Panorama in Lightroom”

  1. Bonjour Serge What other Panorama Stitching software would you recommend other than Lightroom ? Adobe doesn't offer stand alone version and online gets too expensive. Thank you.

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