Costas has sent in this picture “Going for a dip” which he took on a recent holiday with the following notes.
The picture is a 4 shot vertical panorama; unplanned and had to be shot quickly to capture my wife and friends who were unaware I was shooting them.
One of the improvements I will be making before I get this printed is to remove the figure in red and blue who is ahead of the tri0
Settings used in Lightroom on individual RAW images, are as below – changes made to one image then the 4 synchronized.
Camera profile correction was set to – Enable. I normally have this off because I like the slight vignette my lenses provide and often add more. For panorama’s its best to get lens imperfections removed before stitching.
Sharpening; amount 25, radius 1.0, detail 25, masking 0/ This was sufficient to provide a small amount of “input sharpening”
Tone curve “Linear” Exposure -0.25, whites +23
White balance in the camera I keep set to “daylight” , The Lightroom setting was “As Shot”
The 4 images were exported from Lightroom as processed TIFFs into Microsoft ICE for stitching. The resulting image was saved as a TIFF
The resulting panorama was then processed in Lightroom with the following settings; White balance set to Temp -4, to give a slightly cooler look. Exposure to +0.48, contrast +14, highlights -45, whites +11, blacks +1, Clarity +36, vibrance +28, saturation +19
Tone curve : Medium contrast and no further global sharpening. These settings result in just a small of shadow and highlight clipping.
All the above are global changes, additional work required is to apply local changes as follows. Graduated filter to modify the foreground – not sure what yet ! Local contrast, blurring and sharpening using the adjustment brush to enhance some detail and suppress other detail.
Thank you Costas for sending this picture in, I have included a very simple video tutorial at the top of this page, showing a few basic corrections.
Photographs can be split into several groups, holiday shots, family & friends shots and creative – experimental shots. I feel that your picture falls into all three groups.
As a holiday shot it works well, it shows the small bay, a great shot of what looks like a nice quite spot. As a family and friends shot, well that doesn’t totally work for me, I would want to see more detail, I would friends or other family members to recognise the people in the picture, they are a bit too distant and with their backs to the camera.
As a creative shot. Well you have pulled the stops out on this one, a panorama comprising of four upright shots which has been well executed and I couldn’t even find the joins. Until I read Costas notes I wasn’t aware that it was a panorama. For those who haven’t shot a panorama in the upright mode, this offers less distortions as you can use a longer focal length lens, you are also capturing more image detail. The downside is that you have to capture more images to make up the wide shot. I feel that four shots is perhaps not enough to produce a true panoramic shot, I would normally shoot a minimum of six or eight upright shots to produce a wide shot, of course this would depend on what else is to the left or right of the scene. The panorama effect in this picture is perhaps lost on the viewer, we would expect to see a greater expanse.
There has been a lot of image tweaking and it is showing in the image. Generally you should try to make a scene looks as natural as possible, unless of course you are doing things for effect. This image has a bit too much colour saturation and vibrancy, which could easily be knocked back. The clouds have picked up too much blue and the sea looks postcard blue, although I suspect that perhaps it was this colour. To me the eye is drawn to the blue expanse of the sea and I would have liked a point of interest in this spot, maybe some photoshop magic and put a boat in this spot. I know this is cheating, but if Constable can paint in a few extra trees then I am sure Costa can add a boat or two.
I mention on the video that it is equally important to leave out unnecessary elements in any picture and made some crops. However, since making the video and after some further thoughts, I could have been a bit more severe with my cropping and have come up with the following crop. For me this says enough about the place and yet still retains the mood of a peaceful setting.
Let us know your thoughts.