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I made a stupid mistake on some of my pano's I shot this past weekend, I forgot to hold AE-lock. Now I've got about three photos that I can't use due to difference in exposure on them.

Is there a way to fix this or will I have to play with the exposure until I get the closest match?

All photos were taken in RAW which should help a bit. Some only have a slight change and others are affected more.

Example 1

Example 2

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It's not necessarily a mistake not to lock exposure when shooting panoramas, see this question:

The way to deal with this problem is to use a program that can automatically blend exposures. Recent(ish) versions (CS4 and above) will blend exposures seamlessly between frames. I've not used it but the free software Hugin can apparently adjust exposures for you as well.

Matching exposure is not a difficult task for a computer, especially when it has already aligned the images.

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I used the pano function in CS5 which gave the above results. After I read your response I checked again and then I saw in the bottom it says that exposure only works in 32bit. I converted the to 32 bit and it worked on the first one. I'll try later on the second one because 32bit chows a lot of memory. Thanks –  fluf Jul 25 '12 at 11:14

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