Flight Track Superimposed on Phantom 2+ Video


In this video, I manually superimposed the flight track that was recorded on my iPhone using the FPV Boost on the video recorded by my Phantom 2+ camera. The flight track records a real time display of various flight parameters like altitude, speed, and such, superimposed on a satellite view of the ground.

To make the composite video took multiple steps. The current version of FPV Boost’s Flight Track video cannot not be exported. It can only be played back within that app. So the first thing I did was to do a video capture while playing back the flight track on my iPhone. I used the Reflector iPhone app to display the video on my PC. I then used Camtasia on my PC to capture the video.

Then I imported the two video files (the Phantom’s video and my screen capture video) into Adobe’s Premiere Elements video editing program onto separate tracks. I used Premiere elements Video Guide to learn how to do a picture in picture (PIP) effect, but then manually applied the PIP for this video.

The Phantom video and its flight track appear to be in-sync at the beginning, but there seems to be a drift later in the video. I need to look into that.  Butt I’m reasonably pleased with this first attempt.

The video was shot at the Field of Dreams Soccer Complex in San Pedro. During a portion of it, you can see a model RC airplane zooming about.

Fall Digital Photography Classes: Final Reminder


Summer has gone by way too fast. The fall terms at both Torrance and the South Bay Ault School (SBAS) begin very soon. In fact, SBAS classes begin in less than two weeks on September 8th, and Torrance one week later.

Time is running out to register for these classes.

To see the schedule and descriptions for the classes I will be teaching at the South Bay Adult school CLICK HERE.

For the classes I will be teaching at Torrance CLICK HERE.

Don’t be left out. Register before it is too late. I hope to see you in one of the classes.

Photoshop CC (2015) Shake Reduction Demo


The figure below demonstrates the power of the Photoshop CC (2015) Shake Reduction filter. The photo was taken out of a side window ftom a car travelling at freeway speeds. Obviously the trees in the foreground were blurry, but also the mountains in the background were also blurred.

I processed the photo using the default filter settings after repositioning the focus point slightly. The focus point was positioned so it only used the mountains. Doing this did significantly blur and make ghost images on the trees in the foreground. I then masked these out.

From this one, quickly produced example, it is obvious to me that this filter will be a very useful tool.

PS Shake Reduction

Here is the final result._L0A6773_edited-1 Shake Reduction

Yet Another Way to Improve a Sky


There are a many ways to darken a sky to make it more dramatic. That’s good, because they often show up in your photos as something less than hoped we for or remembered, being too bright and lacking color.

This technique is somewhat different and does require Photoshop. It is not possible to use it with Photoshop Elements. Fortunately, there are many other techniques that work well with Elements. Here are the steps.

  1. Open the image in Photoshop.
  2. Duplicate the background layer – always a good idea.
  3. Make a black and white adjustment layer.
  4. Adjust the color sliders as desired to darken the sky. Usually, the blue and the cyan sliders have the biggest effect.
  5. Change the Blending Mode of the B&W Adjustment Layer to Darken. You will probably see some color coming back in the non-blue areas.
  6. Reduce the layer’s Opacity to 40-50%. If you go too far, the sky quickly returns to its original brightness.
  7. At this point I may often add a Vibrance or Saturation Adjustment Layer to further enhance the sky. Also, in some photos, adjusting the other sliders in the Black and White Adjustment Layer will add additional impact to the photo.

Dark Blend mode Ex

As you can see from the comparison here, the change is subtle, but effective. In this photo the water was also affected.

I learned about this technique from www.postprocessingmastery.com. It is worth checking out this site to learn more about this techniques as well as others.

Try it out on some of your photos and share them in the comments below.

Photoshop CC Dehaze Filter at Work


The before and after image below was taken from my Phantom 2 Vision+ UAV above Valle Verde Park in Escondido, CA. The RAW image was corrected using the new Photoshop CC (2015) Dehaze filter along with a tweaking of the color balance etc. The DJI lens correction preset was also used. I really like the simplicity and ease of using this new Dehaze filter. It also works well with images that do not contain a lot of haze.

Before after dehaze P2 Image

Summer Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC Classes


LR CC Mixed Logo

Photoshop CC logoA couple of weeks ago I posted that I would be teaching Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC classes for PVNET this summer. The details have been worked out now.

There will be three classes all during July. Each class will meet for one week on Monday through Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm for a total of 8 hours.  The classes will be taught at PVNET’s summer home in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Center Promenade. It is on the second level right beneath the Regal Theater.

We will be using the latest software, but if you have recent versions of either program, that will be fine.  The number of PCs are limited, so sign up early! To the best of my knowledge this is the only adult school or similar educational facility that has Creative Cloud (CC) versions of these programs.

To find out more about each class and to register, click on the class link below.

Lightroom CC – Level 1 Beginning July 6th

Photoshop CC – Level 1 Beginning July 13th

Photoshop CC – Level 2  Beginning July 20th

I hope to see you in one of the classes.

Using the Targeted Adjustment Tool in Photoshop


Recent versions of Photoshop have a Targeted Adjustment Tool accessible from the Properties panel of the Curves and Hue/Saturation commands.

In the Adjustment Layer Curves command panel, it is the hand in the top left of the panel that contains a two-sided arrow. Selecting the tool and then dragging it up over a portion of the image, lightens all of those pixels that have the same tonal value anywhere in the image. Dragging it down darkens pixels of similar tone values. The short video below demonstrates this tool. Watch how the shape of the curve changes.

Curves Target Adj

The Hue/Saturation command also has a Targeted Adjustment Tool. Dragging it over to the right over a portion of the image will increase the saturation of similar color pixels and dragging it to the left decreases the saturation.  Control-dragging the tool changes the hue of the pixels.

In a Black and White Adjustment Layer, dragging left will darken the pixels of similar colors and dragging to the right will darken them.

If you want to be more selective with your changes, you can make a rough selection containing the area in the image you want to adjust.

Adobe Releases Photoshop CC 2015


 

Along with the major updates to Lightroom CC/6, Adobe also released updates to Photoshop CC 2015. At the link below, Colin Smith at PhotoshopCAFE provides an excellent description and demo for these latest additions.

Having Photoshop CC automatically added to your installation of the program as soon as they are released is a huge benefit of subscribing to Photoshop CC.

Photoshop CC 2015 PhotoshopCAFE

http://photoshopcafe.com/photoshopCC-2015