How to Create A Night Panorama With Lightroom CC

Adobe released the new Lightroom CC couple of weeks ago and I wanted to write what are the new features it includes. Lightroom 5 had some great features and new updates like advanced healing brush, spot removal and radial gradient tools. In Lightroom CC, there are some new features as well. The new Lightroom CC includes faster performance and it does, in fact, feel faster in the daily use. 

The new Panorama and HDR -features are great for combining multiple photos without opening the images in Photoshop. This addition is a great feature for those who don't have Photoshop or are lazy like me creating panoramas in Photoshop.

  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • Faster Performance
  • Precise control of Filters (I will do a follow-up tutorial on how to use these)

You can view all of the new improvements here:

Select the photographs you want to create a panorama. While you are shooting, you should consider capturing the photographs overlapping each other quite a bit. This will help Lightroom to analyze the panorama more efficiently.

Right-click on the images and select Photo Merge -> Panorama. 

First select two or more photographs you want to create the Panorama

Once the Panorama preview has been processed, you can see the outcome. Panorama processing takes some time depending on how many images you are trying to convert to a panorama. Click on the Merge button to process the image. 

The preview shows how the panorama will look, once it has been processed

After the picture has been processed Lightroom creates a dng (raw) file on which you can add lens correction and other adjustments. You can also use Presets to add unique look to your panoramas. 

After the panorama has been processed you can apply Lens correction and Presets to it

For this image I used Hazy - Surreal Lightroom Preset from my Preset Collection to add atmospheric look to the image.

If you are one that enjoys creating panoramas or HDR-images, I highly recommend grabbing the new Lightroom. However, if you rarely do panoramas and don't like the look of HDR, this update is not as major as the jump from Lightroom 4 to 5, which included some of my favorite updates such as the radial filter.

You can purchase the Photographer plan via Adobe, it includes both Lightroom and Photoshop. All of my Fine Art Presets work perfectly also in the new Lightroom CC. 

Tranquil Night

I have always loved to photograph water. There is something magical about the planet we live in, and I have always enjoyed being around water, in fact, Earth surface is 75% water. I have plans to enjoy more places like this in the Summer. I captured this seascape in Cyprus. 

Do you have travel plans for this Summer? 

Exif and equipment

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR
Dual exposure ISO 3200, 30 sec. f/4.5, 16 mm 


Panorama using the new Lightroom Panorama function. I made a tutorial on how to use it, check here. Color editing with the Phase Presets (Balanced & Blue) and star enhance with Fine Art Actions.

Last chance to get Fine Art Presets on sale! 

Tranquil Night - Cyprus, 2015

The Lost World

New work created using my Lightroom Presets (Phase Collection) and a couple of my photographs. I had this work sitting on my computer for a long time, somehow I felt that now was the perfect time to share it. I hope you enjoy my new work! 

Exif & Equipment:

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod R-4203L and K-40X
The Sky: 30 sec, ISO 6400, f/2.8
The Shipwreck: 30 sec, ISO 800, f/4.0
The Foreground: 30 sec, ISO 6400, f/2.8


First I imported all of the files in Lightroom and applied a Phase Preset (Balanced - Base). After I had adjusted the colors, I opened the photographs in Photoshop. I masked the pictures to create the final peace. Once ready I applied another Phase Preset (Hazy Night) in Lightroom to give the image atmospheric final look. 

Click to view full size on a dark background!

Mikko Lagerstedt - The Lost World - 2015

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Illuminated Night

We were fortunate to capture the Northern Lights couple of weeks ago when they hit the South of Finland.  Here is another view of those beautiful lights dancing in the sky. For this photograph, I was there standing on a rock captured in Porvoo, Finland.

Equipment and Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 Sirui Tripod & Ball Head
ISO 4000, 14 mm, f/2.8, 20 sec.
Edited with Phase Presets Collection Basic Adjustments

Mikko Lagerstedt - Illuminated Night - 2015 - Porvoo, Finland

PHASE - Adobe Camera Raw Presets

I'm happy to announce that the new Phase presets available now in Adobe Camera Raw. The Fine Art Presets work best with Photoshop CS 5 and newer. I have now added a 5 Inspiration Exercises to Create Inspiring Photography -guide included in the Lightroom and Camera Raw Phase presets collection for free! If you purchased the Collection before the update, you should receive a link to the new guide!