Another 3D Aerial Panorama – How I did It


In my previous post, I linked to a 3D panorama I had shot from my DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone. In this post, I am linking to a video that demonstrates how I did it. It was a multi-step process, but producing the 3D panorama only uses a couple of free Microsoft programs, which are easy to use they way I did.

By the way, my example uses a sequence of six shots that I took from my Phantom, but they could have just as easily been shot from my hand-held camera. The YouTube video does not include audio annotation to show just how easy it is to create the 3D panorama. Click on the image below to watch the demo.

ICE and Photosynth title

The panorama was shot from above yet another huge soccer complex across the street from the Silverlakes Soccer Complex in Norco/Eastvale CA. Silverlakes can be seen towards the end of the video.

2-27-17: Please note, Microsoft has removed Photosynth, so the link referred to here is no longer valid. They have provided a Photosynth Viewer, as of right now, I not determined an effective method to link the viewer with my downloaded .pano files.

I am currently reviewing alternate ways to produce and display 3D or VR panoramas. Please stay tuned.

Click on the link below to see the final 3D panorama. Using the scroll wheel on the mouse, zoom in and pan around. There is a tremendous amount of detail captured in the photo.

Silverlakes Pan Link

Please let me know in the comments below if you have used these two programs to produce your own 3D panoramas. How did they work for you? There are other programs available that can produce similar and often superior results. Have you used them?

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I’m Not There Yet – Not by a Long Shot


This video by Colin Smith is well beyond anything I will probably do  – ever! He flies three DJI drones at one time over the ocean off Laguna Beach, CA.

I have yet to take my Phantom 2 Vision+ that far out into the water. He flew the three at one time to compare photos from the different cameras installed on each drone. However, the video does show just how easy it is to fly one. Put into the proper mode, take your hands off of the controls, and they just hover. Very impressive.

 

Three Drones

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Recent 360-Degree Panorama From My Drone


2-27-17: Please note, Microsoft has removed Photosynth, so the link referred to here is no longer valid. They have provided a Photosynth Viewer, as of right now, I not determined an effective method to link the viewer with my downloaded .pano files.

I am currently reviewing alternate ways to produce and display 3D or VR panoramas. Please stay tuned.

The link below is to a recent 360-degree panorama I took from my DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone. There was several steps involved to produce the VR or 3D rendering of the image.

  1. I used the Litchi app to automatically take the single row of images making up the 360 degrees.
  2. Then each of the 6 images were edited in Photoshop CC 2015 to correct for DJI camera lens, and remove some haze.
  3. Microsoft’s Image Composition Editor, ICE was used to stitch the photos together.
  4. And finally, Microsoft’s Photosynth program was used to render the 3D view shown in the link.

The Litchi app controls the drone, and making panoramas, including spherical ones is one of its more basic capabilities. There are several other programs that can do the stitching and rendering, and are supposed to do an even better job of rendering the images.

I have just begun to explore the Litchi app, and producing panoramas. I’ll post other noteworthy results here in the future.

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Click on the above image to view the panorama.

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Use Content Aware Fill Instead of the Clone Stamp to Remove Unwanted Objects


I suspect many of us instinctively reach for the Clone Stamp tool, or possibly the Healing Brush or Spot Healing Brush in Photoshop Elements to remove unwanted objects from our photos.

However, using Content Aware Fill is generally much faster and often even does a better job than the traditional tools. In this Quick Video Tip, I demonstrate how to do just that in Photoshop Elements 14. Like any tool, it may not do a perfect job, and you may have to apply it a second time, or even one of the other tools to tidy up.

Click on the link below to watch the video.

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Please leave a comment and let me know how this works for you. If you find this video helpful, please click on the Like button. Thanks for watching.