Iceland revisited by Lightroom

After the significant updates introduced by Lightroom last year, I embarked on a thorough review of my photographic work captured atop the Fagradalsfjall Volcano. Among the collection were several panoramic shots taken with my drone, each presenting a unique challenge due to the inherently grainy nature of the images. These particular shots were captured during low-light conditions, necessitating a meticulous approach to post-processing for optimal results.

My workflow began with utilizing Lightroom’s denoise feature to refine the base images, aiming to alleviate the pronounced graininess. Recognizing the limitations of applying denoising after merging the images into a panorama, I prioritized this step to ensure a cleaner foundation for subsequent editing.

Venturing into the realm of Photoshop, despite my relatively limited experience with the software, proved to be a rewarding endeavor. After familiarizing myself with relevant tutorials, I successfully stitched together a panoramic composition from the nine RAW images obtained from the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. Subsequently, I meticulously adjusted the composition to achieve a level horizon, ensuring visual harmony and coherence within the frame.

Upon achieving a satisfactory composition, I returned to Lightroom to further refine the image. Leveraging the reduced noise level achieved through pre-processing, I employed various masking techniques and selective adjustments to meticulously craft each section of the panorama. The transformative power of these techniques was truly remarkable, yielding results that underscored the value of diligent post-processing efforts.

In conclusion, the meticulous application of denoising, precise stitching, and targeted adjustments exemplifies the iterative nature of the photographic process. Despite the challenges encountered along the way, the end result stands as a testament to the power of creative vision coupled with technical proficiency.