Lightroom Collections are clever. I had more images in my colour Portfolio than in my black and white portfolio collection.
This was one of the culprits.
The panoramic picture of the recently refurbished Hampshire County Council school.
I had missed this in my processing of black and white images. But here it is now. This is the only panoramic image in my portfolio. This image took quite a bit of work to produce. Firstly I had to be careful with the image capture. I had to do the following to ensure I captured an image that could be edited into a good panoramic image.
- Set up my tripod in a position to get all the building, with the middle bit in the middle.
- Pre focus at a suitable distance then turn the focus to manual
- Set the exposure for the average of the whole scene using manual mode and to get the average correct exposure
- Calculate how many images I needed to capture
- Ensure a suitable overlap to allow Lightroom to merge the images correctly – approximately 30% overlap is what Lightroom needs.
- Take the images.
Quick photography tip – I photograph my hand with 1 finger up to signify the beginning of the sequence capture, then two fingers at the end. This helps me when I am looking at the images in Lightroom later.
Then I shoot. And yes I am shooting three images per view.
Once this is done and I am back in Lightroom, I have to do all of this.
- Import the images into Lightroom
- Stack the images in Lightroom.
- Check that the images are going to merge by doing a trial panoramic merge using the correctly exposed images. Which worked fine.
- Edit each of the bracketed sets of images to produce an HDR file for each image capture.
- Merge all the HDR images in Lightroom
- Process the single panoramic image in Lightroom
- Next a bit more work in Photoshop to clean up the image
And only then can I send the edited single panoramic image to Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Where I did the following
The Full Dynamic Harsh preset works for me.
And I knew the red filter would add to the image.
Dynamic brightness pushed to 24% gave the image a brighter feel in anticipation for the vignette.
I used Lens Falloff 1, which has quite an impact but you really can't see it, which is how a vignette should work.
Vignettes are very powerful and subtle tools when done correctly.
It is interesting that this black and white image production took literally seconds, as the practise I have put in with Nik Silver Efex Pro is now really paying off. Shame I can’t say the same about the bits before this!
I can't emphasis enough how important it is to practise. It is only now that I am getting into strict disciplined practise regimes. The structure has in part come would you believe from my blogging, where I have needed to structure my posts to maximise the use of my time.
More black and white imagery tomorrow on my blog
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Saturday 15th October 2016