I've been shooting a bunch of sky/cloud shots for my retouching archives recently, shooting multiple sky sections to stitch together as needed for future projects. But now I'm trying to figure out the most efficient way to do two things:
1. stitch the files together at least semi-automatically
2. archive them so they can be quickly and simply accessed (along with the original section files) when I need a new sky.
It would be useful to have the individual frames and then a rough comp of the sections stitched together for reference. I don't need a perfect or high end stitch at this moment - I'd do that on an as-needed basis.
All images shot RAW. I use PS CS3 and Lightroom - for RAW conversion and cataloging. I don't want to buy new software, so looking for a PS or LR solution. For cataloging I separate files into either Originals (RAW files) or Derivative (files that have gone through post-production).
Thoughts on best practices (working, commercial environment) much appreciated.