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Panorama Stitching Part I

As I mentioned in the first Photoshop post, I’m already familiar with panorama stitching in Lightroom. I wanted to compare the tool in Photoshop by blending the same 17 frames in both programs. Not only the results are of interest here but also the settings available.

Well, it turns it is more or less the same tool in both programs and the settings are pretty similar. Photoshop does give more options such as content aware fill and geometric distortion correction. Interestingly enough Lightroom gives more control regarding how much you want the effects to apply. It is definitely more intuitive.

I don’t see any reason for using Photoshop for panorama stitching. I might just as well start out in Lightroom and then finish the edit in Photoshop. The main problem here is that neither Lightroom nor Photoshop give more advanced control, especially for more complex blending. Most likely there are more programs capable of panorama stitching that have more advanced settings. However, I have to admit that I should probably try it with more different scenes and try to see to which extent Lightroom actually limits what I want to do. It managed to blend these 17 photos really well, which probably covers how I mostly use the program.

Panorama stitching is a very useful tool when you want to go wider than what your lens can capture. In can even make some lenses like fisheyes superfluous. Unless you have stuff moving in the frame, that is. For photographing the night sky panorama stitching is really useful, not only do you get more of the sky but also a higher resolution image to work with. My next step will be to do just that, blend night sky pictures into a panorama. Unfortunately it has become to bright to do star stacking panoramas, that will have to wait until August. 

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