How-To's Lightroom Editing Series

How to create a stunning panorama with Lightroom

Your DSLR is very useful when you want to capture the scene before your eyes. But what if one picture isn’t quite enough? How can you stitch multiples pictures together to create a big panorama? I will show you just that in this tutorial.

Let’s begin!


To make a panorama, you need pictures (obviously). You should have your pictures overlapping a little bit; Lightroom will have an easier time putting the images together.

Import them into Lightroom.

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Choose one of them, and edit it like you would normally, but don’t crop it or auto-level it. I went for an HDR look for this one. You can check out the Single Picture HDR look article here.Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.07.04 PM


Once you’re done, select all the other ones, click Sync, Check All, and Synchronize.Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.07.39 PM


Right click on the pictures, Photo Merge, Panorama. Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.33.16 PM

Check the Auto Select Projection and the Auto Crop boxes, then click Merge. This will take a few minutes depending on how many pictures you have, their size, and the processing power of you computer (or toaster). Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.34.12 PM

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Now you can crop the panorama, add some gradient filter and vignetting, etc. As you can see, the end result is a 13144 by 3926pixels pictures (almost 52 megapixels)!Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.40.56 PM


Congratulations! You’ve created your panorama in Lightroom!
There is a more advanced way to make panoramas using Lightroom and Photoshop; I will show you how in a future tutorial.

In the mean time, get out there and shoot!


Photo Essays

Photoessay : Infrared Street Photography by Steven Sappore

Steven Saphore is an photographer from the Fiji Islands with a passion for infrared photography.

Earlier this year, he and Australian musician Kuya Howler embarked on an ethereal exploration of Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island (known as ‘Minjerribah’ to it’s original inhabitants) with a focus on the eradicated Quandamooka Aboriginal culture through infrared photography and music. Steven, the photographer behind the shots, used a Canon 550D/T2i he modified himself with a 11-16 f/2.8 lens to capture the vivid expression of his musician friend Kuya Howler, as depicted in the shots below.


Acting as a viewing portal to a transcendent plane of reality, infrared photography vividly illustrates the ancient Aboriginal notion of spiritual energy and Dream-time lore in the form of deeply detailed skies and glowing white trees. In conjunction with Kuya’s impeccable ‘sense of place’  expressed through his music, we aim to conjure the atmosphere, feelings and purpose of the original custodians of this small island that was once called ‘Minjerribah’.


Steven Saphore and fellow hacker Nilesh Pawar are also the minds behind the World in Infrared project, a resource dedicated to the growing number of street photography and photojournalism photos shot using infrared techniques.

“Visible light is the name we’ve given to the mere 0.0035% of the electromagnetic spectrum we are able to perceive with our eyes. It encompasses every shade of every sunset, sunrise and season you could possibly see. Using a specially modified DSLR that is able to capture light in the infrared spectrum, we are offered a glimpse into a surreal version of reality that exists beyond the limits of human vision.”

Here’s the rest of the pictures from the set :



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The Basics of Photography : A Quick Overview of Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO

You just got your first DSLR camera. You take some pictures with the Auto Mode and wow, the pictures look amazing! But you don’t want to stop here, wishing to learn more about your camera, and photography in general. Then you have come to the right place. Oh, and you actually don’t need a DSLR. Any mirrorless camera or point-and-shoot with manual controls will allow you to manipulate these settings.

In this article I will show you the 3 main settings in the manual mode of DSLR cameras: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and the effects each one has on the picture.

For more tutorial for beginner photographers, click here.