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In-depth photo editing tutorial in which I share my advanced workflow for difficult panorama photos.

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In this photo editing tutorial, I show my complete workflow for creating high-quality panoramic images. I use the tricky panorama I took at Cape Woolamai as an example image. The light that evening was spectacular but also fleeting, so I had to work fast. Because my wide-angle lens wasn’t sufficient to capture the whole cove, I opted for a panorama combined with bracketing.

With the direct sunlight, the rolling waves, and the fact that I wasn’t using a nodal rail or special panorama equipment, putting the photo together to create a high-quality result involved a set of unique techniques.

Photo Editing Panorama Photos

Tutorial Content

The tutorial consists of two major parts, each 75 minutes in length.

Part 1 is about the stitching and blending of the panorama. I explain:

  • How the individual photos for the panorama were taken
  • The Pre-Processing in Lightroom
  • The advanced stitching using the free software Hugin
  • The exposure blending of the bracketed exposures and the cleanup
  • Techniques to enhance the look of the sun in the photo
  • Special image transformations and cropping

Part 2 contains my creative workflow, in which I recreate the atmosphere. It contains:

  • Sky enhancement techniques
  • My dodge and burn workflow
  • Contrast and color adjustments
  • My workflow in ColorEfex to bring more vibrance to the photo
  • Methods for balancing colors in the photo
  • Multi-pass sharpening to work out the details in the photo
  • Sharpening for Web
  • Sharpening for Print


This video tutorial is for the advanced Photoshop user. I assume you are familiar with layers, masks, filters, and adjustment layers. If not, I recommend watching my free tutorials first. If you have watched my other tutorials, this is perfect and will make it easier to follow along, but it’s not mandatory.

I use Adobe Lightroom 6 and Photoshop CS6 in the tutorial. Photoshop CS5 or later is generally sufficient to apply the shown techniques.

I also use some filters from the Nik Collection, which are available for free.

For the stitching, I use Hugin the Panorama Stitcher.