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Lightroom and Photoshop for Smartphone Photography

When was the last time you said to yourself “Damn! Why did I leave my camera at home”? In my case, that was a really long time ago. Who’s to blame? Smartphones, obviously! Nearly all high-end and even mid-range smartphones today offer great cameras. As long as you know what you’re doing you can still capture some great shots without having to constantly lug around heavy photography gear.

Here are a few ways to make your mobile photography even better by using Photoshop and Lightroom:

Create an HDR Panorama

Panoramas taken with phones are great. HDR photos are great, too. So let me ask you – Why not both? Here are the simple steps for making a HDR Panorama:

1. Take a series of overlapping HDR Photos

Load up your camera, set it to HDR mode and take as many overlapping photos as you like.

HDR Panorama Mockup

2. Upload them to your computer

No special instructions needed here. OneDrive, Dropbox, Pushbullet… the list goes on and on. Use whatever you like to get those photos across.

3. Merging your Panorama

To merge, use the Photomerge option of Photoshop found under File > Automate > Photomerge. If you prefer using Adobe Bridge we’ve got you covered.

Photomerge in Photoshop

Pick Auto mode and use the Browse button to locate your images.

Photomerge Auto Dialog

Now press OK and enjoy the show – Photoshop should align and merge your images in no time. Once it’s done you can save the image in a preferred format. Here is an example:

Panorama-final

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