I haven't found any plug-in for panos so far. I export the untouched images as TIFF and stich them in either PTGui or Autopano. You'll find a couple of freeware tools on the web aswell. Also have PS CS5 but I'm not happy with it's pano functions. As I''m shooting 360x180° virtual panos the result is an equirectangular pano.
After stitching I import the result and work on the image in lightroom (sharpening, exposure or whatever). Export again and create the virtual (flash or QT) pano in pano2vr. Find results here: http://www.oliver-wendel.de/pano.html
You might work on the images in lightroom before exporting but be sure to do the same actions on all images. Otherwise blending in the pano software might not work...
When shooting a pano it' best to set your camera in M mode.
Autopano Giga (great pano software) has a LR Plugin - see http://www.kolor.com/autopano-pro-giga-comparison.html
I do not use this version, I use the plain autopano pro - work on my images and export to a watch folder then fire up APP. But I only use LR3.6 for panos, LR4 causes me some grief with not applying the same changes to all images - which I consider a bug but Adobe considers a feature
Hugin is an amazing and free program for stitching, however it does not do multiple exposure like PTgui Pro does
PTgui Pro does tone mapped HDR and fusion based ( much more natural looking) HDR.
I've tried both, but PTgui is just amazing -
- this shot is 9 photos stitched together using PTgui) A tripod was used as each shot was 15 seconds.
- This shot was hand held and again stitched with PTgui
- This shot is made up of 15 photos, 3 exposures taken (-2,0,+2) then the camera rotated 10 degrees and the process repeated. It was stitched with PTgui and also fusion blended using the HDR Fusion option within PTgui.
They are not plugins, but very powerful tools for panoramics
I also stitch the raw images in PTGui first.
Then I do postprocessing in Lightroom.
BUT I sometimes get a little seam after optimizing my panos in Lightroom, see here: http://www.archiviz.ch/download/Bildschirminhalt_erfassen-1.jpg
Does anyone know what I do wrong ?