Jay Kinghorn posted a provocative essay last week, Workflow Trends: More Is More. The title didn't really work for me, but I agree with the main point of the essay. In the last year or two, digital photography has been moving more and more to crafting photographs that are not a single camera shot but instead are composites from more than one photograph.
This link to Terry White's latest video tutorial is really excellent. He demonstrates how to make a panorama from images in Lightroom and returnthe result to Lightroom for further editing.
Compositing, layers, etc. are the stock-in-trade of Photoshop. So most people don't think much about using stitiching software with Lightroom.
Watch Terry put Lightroom to work on a panorama!
Panoramas are popular. It's common to use an extreme wide angle lens for panoramas. Sometimes even fisheye lenses are used.
If you've ever used a fish eye or extreme wide angle lens, you know about disortions at the corners and along the edges. You can stitch your panoramas in Photoshop CS4 and correct for those lens distortions.
I love the filmstrip navigator in Adobe Lightroom. I have discovered many shots that I missed when I used Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw. I recently rediscovered a series of six photos that I took years ago with a Canon D60 as my wife and I drove across the Grampian Mountains in Scotland. Seeing them laying out side-by-side, it was obvious they were intended to be a panorama, and that stimulated long dormant neurons.
I love the film strip navigator in Adobe Lightroom. I can sometimes find photos I forgot about. In this case, I found a series of photos I took on a trip to Scotland several years ago.
I'm deciding whether this is worth a walk-through here on The Light's Right. If you'd like to "look over my shoulder" as I work this image and improve it, please leave me a comment.
Maybe you've seen enough panorama stitching already and a walk-through would be a waste of time?