The above is a link to a 360 degree panorama I took recently with my DJI Mavic Pro drone at Lunada Bay in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. On this flight, I did not go very high, since it was pretty breezy. The stitching of the 34 images was done in the DJI app I use to control the drone. The projection and display of the panorama is by Kuula.co, a popular website for sharing 360 panoramas.
After stitching, and before uploading to Kuula, I darkened the sky with the NIK Collection plug-in for Photoshop Elements.
I am still experimenting with the ways to upload and share the 360 panoramas. Taking the shots is the easy part and is done automatically by the DJI Go 4 app.
Please leave a comment if you would like to see more 360 degree panoramas.
Until next time…
On February 17, 2018, I posted an AppTip Sheet. The AppTip Sheet that I described there is no longer accurate. It refers to the website, http://360Facebook.com. This website has been replaced by, http://nadirpatcher.com. This new site performs a similar function as before, but also includes additional capabilities. Click on the figure below to link to the AppTip Sheet that describes how to use this website to post 360-degree panorama photos on Facebook.
Until next time…
In my last post, I described how to take and share 360 panoramas taken with my Mavic Pro drone on Facebook using http://www.360facebook.com. Using that approach is fine and pretty simple, but resulting photo resolution is limited by the resolution of the Mavic’s camera. This means as you pan on the shared 360 panorama, the amount you can zoom in is limited.
In this post, I include my AppTip Sheet for using http://www.okolo.com to produce the 360-degree panorama. Using the automated spherical panorama mode on my Mavic Pro, it takes 34 full resolution images, that are then stitched together and projected by Okolo to form the 360-degree panorama. The result is a much better rendition.
Click on the figure below to view/print the AppTip Sheet that shows the steps.
The link below is the result as viewed on Okolo.com. Make sure you view it in full screen and notice how much detail is visible when you zoom to the maximum. One thing to note, Okolo only accepts JPEG images, and states the maximum size of each image is 5 Mb. However, mine are often a tad larger, and they have been accepted.
Keep in mind a couple of points. The images that are uploaded to Okolo do not have to come from a drone, or if they do, the shots can be manually taken. Also, I believe there is a minimum of 10 individual shots to project a 360-degree panorama by Okolo.
Until next time…
March 27, 2018: This post was originally published on February 17, 2018. The AppTip Sheet that I described here is no longer accurate. It refers to the website, http://360Facebook.com. It has been replaced by a new website, http://nadirpatcher.com. This new site performs a similar function as before, but also includes additional capabilities. I refer the readers to my later post.
I have a new format that I use to help me do certain tasks on my computer or other devices. I named this format AppTip Sheet. For example, these AppTip Sheets may be the steps involved to accomplish a particular Photoshop editing technique, or how to use a particular Photoshop tool. Or, they may deal with various steps I need to perform in flying my DJI Mavic Pro drone, or how to perform a particular calibration on it.
In general, I write these AppTip Sheets to document any thing that I do not do routinely enough to remember each and every step, but yet do them often enough that a quick cheat sheet helps me avoid pulling out the manual or other document to complete the task. The key is that I try to keep these AppTip Sheets as short as possible.
Occasionally, I may decide that a particular AppTip Sheet may be useful to others, and so I will post it here.
Right now, I am experimenting with using my Mavic Pro flight modes to take 360-degree Spherical panoramas for posting on social media. Once posted, you can use your mouse to zoom in on the subject and pan around throughout the entire scene. That is the subject of this post.
This particular AppTip Sheet deals with posting a spherical panorama on Facebook using 360Facebook.com from the browser on your PC. This is only one of the several ways to accomplish this, and I will explore others in the future. So click on the figure below to get a better idea of what these AppTip Sheets are like.
Until next time.
I just upgraded from my DJI Phantom 2 V+ drone to a DJI Mavic Pro. The P2V+ served me well for the last 2-1/2 years. However, its embedded technology and software was outdated. The clincher was that its Wi-Fi transmitter module went bad. This is a common problem on the P2V+. It was going to cost over $300 to buy/install a new one.
After some research, I decided on the DJI Mavic Pro. It folds up quite nicely and can be carried in a modest camera bag, rather than a suite case.
Below is a photo from my second flight today. It is amazing what some rain will do. The SE side of Palos Verdes is covered with new mustard flowers as shown here. Since it is my second drone, I am pretty comfortable with it already. However, with the new technology, remote controller, and software, I have a lot to learn. I will be posting more photos and articles sharing my experiences in future posts.
Coming soon is my next Photoshop Elements 15 tutorial. So, until next time….
I will be giving a presentation on how I use my DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone for photography. My Presentation will be at the next meeting of the South Bay Camera Club on February 27th. Meetings are held at the Zamperini Field (Torrance Airport) Administration Building Meeting Room, 3301 Airport Drive, at 7 P.M. Guests are always welcome. To find out more about the club, click on the link below to view the SBCC website.
Not only will I be showing some of the photos and videos I have captured using my Phantom, I will discuss what it is like and what is involved with owning and operating a drone for the hobbyst. In the past couple of years, drones have gotten much easier to fly, and the cameras that come with them have gotten extremely good. That being said, a drone is a sophisticated system, and your learning begins as soon as you open the box.
So, if you have been thinking about buying a drone for the fun of it flying it, or to take photos you are unable to take with your earth-bound camera, come join us.
In my last post, I outlined the steps to make a 3D panorama starting with a series of overlapping single image files. As pointed out in that post, it requires several steps after you have captured the images.
In this post, I link to a 3D panorama that started as a video that I shot while simply rotating my DJI Phantom through 360-degrees.
Shooting the video is much easier, because I do not have to worry about properly overlapping the images to be stitched. ICE handles that for me.
Of course the tradeoff is the quality or how closely you can zoom in when viewing the panorama is not as good as when the panorama is based on still images. That is because video files, even 4K videos, are no match for the still images produced by digital cameras, or even many smartphones.
Here is the link to the panorama.
It is not nearly as sharp and clear as those produced from still images. My Phantom 2 only shots HD video. New models shoot full 4K video which would significantly improve the results.