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David Marx
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom & Digital Photography Training
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The Merge To HDR Panorama Command In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

The new Merge To HDR Panorama command inside of the mid-October 2018 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic update can be a big timesaver when you are building huge high dynamic range panoramic images.

This new feature makes building an image with an expanded tonal range, and a wider field of view than your camera can capture in a single shot, much easier as long as you begin the process with all the right frames. It’s the “beginning the process with all of the right frames part” though that remains the challenge here.

If you really want top-notch results from your HDR Panoramic merges then you must do three things with your camera while you are out shooting.

First, be sure to capture raw files that contain sufficient detail in the brightest or darkest parts of your scene. Your bracketed exposures do not need to capture the entire dynamic range that the human eye can see.

If highlight details, for example, will be essential in your final composited HDR image then be sure that the darkest frames in your bracketed sequence include plenty of detail in their brightest pixels while you are out shooting.

Second, be aware of anything that moving things are your enemy when you are shoot your brackets. If there are a lot of things moving around in front of your camera, like tree branches that are blowing in the wind, then expect less than ideal results when you merge all your raw files together. Ghosting, and other types of motion artifacts, are tell-tale signs of a bad HDR composite.

Third, be sure to leave plenty of overlap as you move your camera around for your panorama. As a general rule, try to leave at least twenty-percent overlapping area in each frame.

Also, try to keep the horizon as level as possible as you move your camera across the scene. None of the basic requirements for a good panoramic image change just because you are also capturing bracketed exposures for each segment of the final merged image.

Creating high dynamic range panoramas is not something that most of us are likely to do very often even with this helpful new feature in Lightroom Classic. Still when it works, and where the situation warrants so much effort, the final results are fantastic!

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Learn Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom for Mobile, Snapseed from Google, and more with our complete video training courses at http://www.focusphotoschool.com.
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Out For A Walk In Acadia

Shot while out for a walk on one of the beautiful paths in Acadia National Park a few weeks ago.

Learn how to process images like this one using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CC. My complete video training library is available now at www.focusphotoschool.com
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Out For A Walk In The Woods

I shot this one a few weeks ago while out walking along one of my favorite paths in Acadia National Park.

Have a great weekend everybody!
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Dawn At The Doubling Point Lighthouse

Day begins at the Doubling Point Lighthouse in Maine.

Learn how to process images like this one using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CC. My complete video training library is available now at www.focusphotoschool.com
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Acadia Rocks

Dusk falls along the rocky coast of Maine in Acadia National Park. This place is beautiful even with overcast gray skies!

Learn how to process images like this one using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CC. My complete video training library is available now at www.focusphotoschool.com
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Bailey Island Sunset

Hello Google+ friends! It's been awhile since I had new work to share but I am back from teaching all of my fall photography workshops and have a bunch of new images to process.

Despite the news that our favorite platform will be closing down next year, I am still happiest sharing my new work here. I still haven't found about social media platform where images look this good or the conversation is as positive.

So thanks for sticking with me until they close the doors here and for all the years of kindly feedback and inspiration.

Learn how to process images like this one using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CC. My complete video training library is available now at www.focusphotoschool.com
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The New Healing Brush In Adobe Lightroom CC For Mobile

The Healing Brush Tool, which is an essential feature for dust spot repair, has finally been added into the Adobe Lightroom CC For Mobile App for iOS and Android devices!

With the new Healing Brush, and Clone Stamp, capability it is easy to zap dust spots, and remove other unwanted objects from our images, using only our finger tips or an Apple Pencil on an Apple iPad Pro.

We have been fixing dust spots, and removing other small imperfections, for years using the Healing Brush and Clone Stamp Tools in Adobe Lightroom Classic but until now this essential feature has been completely missing in the Adobe Lightroom CC For Mobile world.

The lack of spot, and blemish, removal tools until now has been a big gap in professional-grade mobile image processing but fortunately the brilliant engineers at Adobe have found an elegant way to make this work on our smartphones and tablets.

The fact that we can now do non-destructive dust spot removal work, and more, on our phones and tablets is amazing.

The fact that all of the work that we do in Adobe Lightroom CC, including spot removal, automatically syncs back to the full-resolution desktop version of our images is even more amazing. But when it comes to precision, I believe that there is still no substitute for a bigger screen and a more accurate interface device like a mouse.

Adobe Lightroom CC For Mobile’s new Healing Brush is a great addition but if you need to do extensive retouching work then you are still better off working away on a computer. My advice is that you save this new mobile option for images that need only minor retouching work.

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Learn Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom for Mobile, Snapseed from Google, and more with our complete video training courses at http://www.focusphotoschool.com.
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Aurora Borealis And Inkshuk

An old favorite in honor of Canada Day!
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Time-Blending: Seattle Skyline

This one is a composite of two shots from the same exact camera position. What you are seeing here is a mix of one photo right at sunset where the last rays of the sun illuminated the town plus part of another photo from about half an hour later as night began to fall.

I posted a new +Adobe Photoshop video tutorial on this interesting sunset photography technique for my subscribers over at http://www.focusphotoschool.com
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Seattle Sunset

Hello Google+. It's been a long time since I had any new images to share. I have been working though on new techniques and new tutorials.

This image, of the Seattle skyline at sunset, is part of a new video that I made more my subscribers over at www.focusphotoschool.com
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