In Adobe Lightroom, I can pick a series of raw (DNG) pictures from my Mavic 2 Pro and create a panorama. Overall, Lightroom's photo merge does an amazing job in stitching panoramas like this one. I tried some other tools but still, Lightroom's results are the best (at least, in terms of color/light correction).
However, sometimes I don't like that Lightroom "magically" determines the origin of the photo stitch. For example, given these pictures:
The result of merging photos into a panorama is the following image:
The question is, what can I do to define the "origin" (or leftmost) picture of the panorama? For instance, I liked this 360° panorama but I want the rock to be in the center of it (i.e. make image #1 a precise center of the panorama). In other words, I want to "rotate" the stitched panorama.
Some things I tried:
1. Reposition the panorama after stitching. For example, I can do it in Photoshop. But it takes a lot of effort to make the new glued edge unnoticeable, and doesn't allow to use "boundary warp" setting in Lightroom (as it makes fixes even harder):
2. Remove the images at which I want to have edges of the panorama. For example, I can remove pictures #7 and #8, and Lightroom will produce a panorama I want (the rock is centered). But in this case, I have just lost 2 pictures, thus making panorama much less than 360°.
Moreover, removing individual pictures can sometimes produce weird results and I have to remove more pictures from the selection to make it right. Below is the result of removing just a single picture (notice where the image is broken now).
Does anyone have ideas on how can I define a center/leftmost picture when stitching 360° panoramas in Lightroom? Maybe, something needs to be fixed in the images metadata or there is a secret Lightroom "panorama origin" function? Otherwise, it would be a nice feature to have in Lightroom.
You can use these raw photos as an example to play with, if you're curious. Thank you.