Monthly Archives: May 2015

A wider view – celebrating the panoramic option in Adobe Lightroom

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When I shot medium format film, I had the option of fitting a panoramic back onto the camera, so I could take a panoramic image at a moments notice. I thought when digital arrived somebody may produce a panoramic digital camera a long the lines of the specialist film cameras made previously. So far no manufacturer has gone that route and it was only through stitching of frames that digitally produced panoramic images has been possible.

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The one thing I hate, and I do mean hate, about digital photography is the extra time needed to process the digital image. In the days of transparency film, once the image had been taken, that was really the end of the process for the photographer. The lab usually did the development and any duplicating of the slide for some extra copies ready for supplying libraries or clients.

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I’m quite strict with my editing in digital. If it takes more than 30 seconds to process an image, the it gets forgotten. I prefer to get it correct in camera, like we had to do with film, or reshoot the image in better light. I like Adobe Lightroom as it provides a one stop shop for most of my needs for digital images – processing, cataloguing and output. My use of Photoshop has declined over the years and I find less need for it each year.

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Even though Lightroom and Photoshop integrate well, it was always a bit of hassle to switch backwards and forwards. I have tried and still use some stand alone stitching software, especially for more complex projects, but to have it now integrated into Lightroom is great. It is still a bit limited with the controls and I am sure it will improve over time.

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