How to retouch a panorama in Lightroom CC like a PRO

– Bonjour mesdames et messieurs! In this video I’m gonna show you how you can edit a panorama in Lightroom CC 2019 like a pro. (dramatic music) This video I want to show you how to edit a panorama like a pro. This is a panorama that I
shot in Zion National Park, one of my favorite
national park in the USA. And the best way, of course, to shoot the photo is to be into portrait mode, and I’ve taken, I wanna say, six different photos. Now, I did not HDR the photos and I probably should have, so what I did is I on purpose underexposed them because I was shooting right toward the sun. So what I’m going to do in Lightroom CC is I’m going to select all of these photos by holding on to shift key, and with my right arrow, I’m going to select all of that. Then I’m going to right click, and I’m going to go to photo merge, panorama merge. When you come to that, you get a preview of your panorama and you get different kind of projections. Now projections, to make it simple, is just different ways of
stitching the photos together. Basically, if you shoot too if you are too wide angle Which I was, I think I
was at 24 on every photo, you won’t be able to use perspective you’re going to get and
error saying unable to merge, because to use perspective I advise you to be at 35mm and above. I find that’s kind of a sweet spot, 50 meter would be perfect. This is wide angle shot, but it works great in spherical and cylindrical. And if you look at it
basically with cylindrical you get a little more you know sky, than spherical. But, I really wanted to
go for the pano look. Now, the other option that you have, one is boundary wrap, which you can basically
stitch a different pixel, stretch everything to get rid of all the
missing information there. I shot this, I think I was on a tripod on this one, or you can go AutoCrop, which
is what I’m going to do, because I know the pano I’m looking for, and I don’t really need this pixel. We have the moon here, which is kind of cool, I want to keep it. And so I can click on merge. Now I’ve already done it and it’s here, Also guys don’t forget
to smash the like button. It helps other people find out about this video and these techniques, and leave me a comment, tell me what you want to learn, I read every single comment. Okay so I lost my crop, that’s fine so let’s crop the photo first. I really want to go for panoramic look. And I advise you to crop first because when we do all
the local adjustment I may be a little bit more river, like this, I really wanna I don’t wanna the moon is there, I
want to keep it there, and voila. Very under exposed photo but I did that on purpose, and I think I’m going
to crop it even more. I did that on purpose because I wanted to get all the information into the highlights and the shadows. So when you’re faced with a lot of dynamic range
highlight and shadows and you don’t want HDR, under expose a little bit of your photo, because check this out, if I open up the shadows, I’m going to get a lot
of information back. And believe me, if you have a I mean this is a Sony Sonar 2 I believe, and it’s not noisy, if you shoot Nikon, Sony, Olympus or Fuji you won’t have the trouble, if you shoot with Canon you might have the a little bit of an issue
and get some noise, but even that we can get rid of it. Okay, now when it comes to the highlights, on this one I don’t want to bring the highlights all the way down. Why? Because it gives a sort of contrast into this high clouds, that I don’t like. And it just doesn’t look natural. So I’m going to go for now about halfway there. The great thing about Lightroom
CC and Lightroom Classic is that it’s completely non-destructive, so I can change my mind
as much that I want. Okay I’m going to add a bit of contrast, and now I’m starting to
get a feel for the photo but we have a still ways to go. So, starting with once I nail the exposure of a pano, I mess around a little bit, think on this one I
want to add some yellow, but here’s the problem, you see, I love having a sky going from blue to yellow or blue to orange. If I go on the right here, and more and more I’m getting
this really warm look, which is kind of cool, but now all the blues become very grayish, you know, so how to do this? Well, trick is not to go
so much on the yellow, just a little bit, maybe add a tad of magenta. I used to go crazy on magenta like this, I kind of, you know, stopped. I don’t know, I’m just evolving as a photographer. Usually at this point what I do is add a bit of vibrance, to make it pop and then little bit of saturation and I’m I’m thinking okay let’s
get into the magic, let’s get into what we
call the local tools. So the local tools are located here in lightroom CC. I’m going to start with a graded filter. I’m going to double click on anything that I don’t need. I think on this one I just
want to lower the exposure, and add a little bit of blue. Click and drag, watch for it, click and drag, and now I’m making now I’m getting back because
I added a bit of blue I’m getting back that
blue that I kind of lost in my overall white balance. It’s kind of doing like
a local white balance. And I remind you that these graded filters the way they work is between this and the first line, the power of the exposure is
being applied at full strength, and that it goes on a little gradient to the last drop so you can make it short or long, short or long. Now, Lightroom Classic
has an amazing option with masking, which Lightroom CC doesn’t have yet, where you can basically, you know, prevent the gradient to
darken too much the mountain by doing a little mask, but that’s okay, we’ll deal with that, I think I want to make
another gradient here because when it comes to a pano, I really want people to be
drawn to the middle of the pano, and the middle of the pano is here, I still think that the clouds
don’t look very natural so I want to make them yeah they’re too they’re too definite you know, it’s, nailing a sunset is quite something and that’s really what
I want to cover here. So I’m going to take a radial gradient and I’m going to make a
big radial gradient over the whole sunset area, and over the rocks here, the red rocks of Zion
National Parks in the winter, and I think I’m just gonna add a tad of exposure, a tad of yellow, and magenta, and maybe a little bit of saturation. So I’m doing four different
sliders on one circle. Four different sliders on one circle, I know it’s crazy. Just listening to it is crazy. Okay cool, maybe a little more saturation, but we’ll deal more with
saturation later on. Now it starts to kind of shape how I want I think the photo lacks of contrast so I’m going to add more contrast, and now, the final touch. The amazing. I take a little brush, and then I’m just going to go double click here, I don’t want the temperature I want it to be at zero. Think I just want a
little bit of exposure, no saturation, maybe a little bit of clarity, and then with the middle mouse I just can make this brush big or small, and I think I’m going to brush here, and I just want to bring
back some of the details from the shadows here, maybe some of the river here, and usually when you have something so I’m at 0.8 it’s kind of a dangerous, now here is my biggest advice, is try not to go over 0.5 And you’re better off
layering lightroom brushes over lightroom brushes than just going all in
on the brush like this. Cause that doesn’t look natural. But if you go at 0.5 and then you mechanize your brush, by clicking plus here, and then let’s make another brush, this time I want it to
be on the bushes here, just make a little bit
of highlights there, okay maybe just a tad more on the bushes. Okay, make another brush! And then this one I’m just
going to use for the top, here. And you go layer by layer, maybe on this one I add a little bit of magenta and a little bit of saturation to make the rocks pop even more. You know maybe a little bit of brush here, and small by little, we can really get something. Now I still think the sky
doesn’t look quite right so, I’m going to go back here and I’m going to go to
the effect section here, and I’m going to add a tad of texture, but I’m going to go minus clarity. Okay? And the clouds still look a
little too contrasted to me so I’m going to go back to circle, and that’s what’s amazing about Lightroom is you can just go back and forth. So that circle I’m like ooh, you know what I’m just going to add some serious minus clarity, yes. And its kind of subtle, but what I want it happiness. Now what I want is a little bit let’s see here, clarity Okay is this happening
or is this not happening? Oh yeah it is happening. It’s just a little laggy. Not so much not too much just a little bit of clarity, I don’t want these high
clouds to be so definite, so contrasted, that’s what you see a lot in HDR photo and I think it’s a mistake because it screams retouching. I want to add more vibrance to it, I want to add more saturation, but I’m not done. Then you come to the color mixer here, and the way the color mixer works in Lightroom CC it’s kind of
the same philosophy in Classic, but the tools are different. I actually love the tools here, so, for example I can take the red, and you can just move the hue the hue is going to be the actual quality the actual type of red. By going right, look at the rocks up there they become kind of orange or yellow, if I go left they become
really like red rocks. I kind of like that I want the red rocks. And to push it even further, I’m going to add some saturation. Bam! And then I’m going to take the orange and then same thing
let’s see if I go left, the orange, ooh, becomes very magenta, and here very yellow, I think I want a little tad of that not too much I mean the red rocks in Zion are like wooh! They’re on fire. Okay and then the yellow let’s see if I go right, I add a lot of green
here which I don’t like, and there I add a lot of orange, just a little tad, and maybe a bit of saturation. So that’s one way of doing it the other ones you can click here, and click and you can drag the
red rocks and make them like sort of greenish or left
and sort of very magenta. So you can see in real time, but I’m not going to do it
because I’ve already done it. Okay so let’s me look at
it in full screen mode. I’m thinking I want to make a little more brush and
a little more contrast I’m almost there. So what I’m going to do is maybe just go back to the brush, and I think I want to add
one more exposure brush, a little stronger, I just want to make the bush here, yeah just make this a little more shiny, and make the water a little more shiny. Oh my computer is lagging. And I think I’m about done so now, one thing that’s important, let’s talk about details. So, when it comes to
Lightroom CC and panorama, you don’t have the masking
option that you have in Lightroom Classic, that’s one of the features that’s missing. So usually what I do is, I put my noise reduction around 10 and I put my sharpening
like around 78 or 80. The reason is, on Classic I can go
further but I can mask it I can say only sharpen the edge which you can’t do in Lightroom CC, I hope this gets corrected. Remove chromatic aberration yes, but with Sony you don’t get that much, Enable lens correction yes, and then voila I think I’m
basically done with this. So, yes I really love this
view of Zion National Park if you get a chance to go, it’s amazing. Now, you can download, I’m giving you all the
source files for free. And the link is below the video
so you can practice with it, and you can even post a result on your social media
and just tag me in it, @photoserge. Just don’t sell this to a
gallery or something like this. Also, last week I did this
really cool retouching with my daughter in Barcelona. Amazing tricks for auto portrait, starting right now.

8 Replies to “How to retouch a panorama in Lightroom CC like a PRO”

  1. 3:35 You used to go crazy on magenta, really? Haha that's your signature (and I love it!)

    Nice video, as usual. I was surprised you used regular cc. Are you now making the transition from Classic? Have you considered a video comparing them?

  2. Enthousiastic vid as always! I just started on instagram last week. I post from lightroom mobile direct into instagram. Is that a wise thing or do you advise other metods?
    Thanks a lot Serge!!

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