A New 360 Panorama Example


In my last post, I discussed a 360-degree panorama that I used http://www.jkuula.co to display. In this post, I went a bit further in complexity and used Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor (ICE) to stitch the 34 photos making up the panorama. The steps were basically these.

  1. The images were taken with my DJI Mavic Pro using its automatic Spherical Pan flight mode.
  2. Then each of 34 DNG images were edited in PS CC to improve their brightness/contrast and color with identical settings for each image.
  3. Than the edited images were saved as JPEG files and imported into ICE for stitching to create a spherical projection 6000 pixels wide.
  4. PS CC was used to add additional sky to top of the stitched panorama to get 6000×3000 image. The 2:1 ratio is required by Facebook in order for it to project the final image.  Other projection sites may not have this requirement.
  5. The composite was then converted to a 3D image in PS CC and saved.

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Here is the link to the Panorama as displayed using Kuula.co.

I like the workflow highlighted above, because it allows me to make any desired adjustments to the DNG (RAW) images prior compositing.

Until next time…

 

 

 

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Using Okolo.com to Display Mavic 360 Panoramas


In my previous post I should 360 panoramas or panospheres that were shot with my DJI Mavic Pro drone. In this post I will general describe the process using projects generated by http://www.okolo.com.

Remeber, Kuula.co works with pictures that have already been stitched, whereas okolo.com requires the individual images taken by the Mavic to be uploaded. Okolo.com then stitches them and prepares the panospheric projection.

Any photo editing that is desired must first be done to each individual image. In the case of the Mavic Pro 360 Panoramas, that means 34 separate images. Additionally, Okolo.com, only accepts JPEG images.

Even though the Mavic takes both a JPEG and DNG (RAW) images, I generally use the DNG version to hopefully gain the best quality.  Each of the 34 images are 12 megapixels.

The basic steps I used to produce the 360 panorama linked below were to:

  1. Upload the images from the Mavic’s memory card.
  2. Import the thirty-four DNG images into Photoshop CC 2019.
  3. Edit each one with the same settings for color, brightness and contrast.
  4. Save the edited version as a JPEG image required by Okolo.com.
  5. Upload the batch of images to Okolo.com.
  6. Use Okolo.com to create and project the panosphere.

Click Here to view the final panospere on okolo.com. Below is a screen shot from the projection.

Freedom Bell okolo screen shot

So to summarize, I use Kuula.co if I want to quickly project an display a previously stitched set of images as a panosphere. I use okolo.com to start with the individual images and thereby potentially getting a better quality result.

However, there other stitching and projecting panosphere programs and websites I am experimenting with. I will describe those in future posts.

Until next time…

Editing Video in Photoshop ACR Revisited – Once Again


Colin Smith of Photoshop Café recently described how to edit and color grade video in Photoshop CC.

The steps on color grading were new to me, but it turns out I had posted two articles sometime ago on how to edit video using ACR in Photoshop.

The first one was in 2014. I am not sure where I leaned how to do this, but it could have been from Colin Smith. Here is its link:

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/use-adobe-camera-raw-to-edit-video/

I revisited the subject in December 2016. This time my before and after comparison was better. Here is the link to this one.

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/revisiting-processing-video-using-adobe-camera-raw-acr-in-photoshop/

In the Colin Smith’s recent video, he goes on to how to use ACR to color grade a video, and give it a cinematic effect with is popular. Personally, I do not like the look for most of my videos.

By the way, I find that Photoshop renders the video much more slowly than say Premiere Elements 2019, at least on my PC. But I can live with that, because I am much more comfortable using the sliders of the ACR.

After all this time, I am curious to see if others use this technique to edit their videos.

And finally, there are a lot of other things you can do to enhance your videos using Photoshop CC, like trimming, and adding transitions.

Until next time…

Using Photoshop CC to Prepare a Panosphere for Display on Okolo.com


Back in February, I posted an article how I use Okolo.com to display a panosphere. Okolo stitches the uploaded images into a 360-degree panorama or panosphere. In this post, I expand a bit on the earlier one. Okolo does not accept RAW images, which I prefer to take when using its panorama shooting modes. It only accepts JPEG images, and they can only be 5 Mb in size. So other software must be used to edit the RAW images, and then convert and resize them.

This post illustrates my workflow for preparing the 34 RAW images my DJI Mavic Pro takes using Photoshop CC. It goes no to outline the steps to upload them to Okolo.com to create and display the panosphere. I have detailed the steps in the PDF file that is linked below.

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Using PS CC and Okolo to Display 360 Panosphere

The workflow I describe here uses PS CC Action that does the necessary steps to convert and resize each image automatically. It is a simple action, and for the purposes of this post, I have not covered how to write it.

Finally, this can also be done in Photoshop Elements. I will probably write another post soon to better illustrate how to do it with the capabilities that are in Elements. Stay tuned.

If you found this tutorial to be helpful, please star-rate and Like it. And of course, any and all comments are welcome.

Colin Smith on Curves


From time to time, I like to point out a tutorial written by someone else that I personally found to be helpful. This is one of those times.

Colin Smith of Photoshop Café has written may tutorials, as well as produced a large number of videos on both Photoshop and flying drones. They are all quite good.  In this video tutorial, he provides a thorough review of Curves in Photoshop. You may find it useful as simply a review, but I bet you will learn something you did not know or have long since forgotten. I know I did.

Until next time.

Adobe Makes Major Announcements on Lightroom and Photoshop


Yesterday, Adobe held their usual annual event in Las Vegas, Adobe Max where generally they make product announcements. During the event, they announced major upgrades to Lightroom and Photoshop CC. This comes after announcing Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018 a couple of weeks ago.

The big news yesterday was the renaming of Lightroom, to be called Lightroom Classic CC, and a new cloud-based version called Lightroom CC. I have been beta testing these two programs for the last several months.

As you may know already, photography websites and group forums are filled with the news and information about the new features added to all three programs. Normally, my blog posts concentrate on my personal observations and tips. However, there has been so many quality articles published yesterday, I am going to concentrate on providing links to three I found very helpful, which were written by the real experts. There are many more out there, and I am sure many more will be coming in the weeks and months ahead. This is a very exciting time for Photoshop CC and Lightroom users.

This article does a good job explaining the name changes and new versions of Lightroom. It is by Victoria Bampton, who is a well known expert and author of books dealing with Lightroom.

http://mailchi.mp/lightroomqueen/the-future-of-lightroom?e=ab0bb0ecfd

Likewise, Laura Shoe is another Lightroom expert who has written several books and authored courses. In her web post linked below, she also covers the pricing for the programs.

https://laurashoe.com/2017/10/18/whats-new-in-the-lightroom-world-huge-announcements-at-adobe-max-read-this-summary/

Colin Smith, of Photoshop Café, is both a Lightroom and Photoshop expert who writes extensively and has multiple videos describing how to use these programs. I have several of his videos. He also flies a drone, and has produced several videos on using it to create great photos and videos. I have taken advantages of these to improve my own drone photography. Here he explains the new features added to Photoshop CC, and Lightroom.

http://photoshopcafe.com/new_features_Photoshop_CC_2018?mc_cid=896b8fea75&mc_eid=dbe0d5fb0b

As you know my prime digital photography activity is with using Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. However, I do use Photoshop CC and Lightroom. I am getting closer to adapting my basic workflow and software to theses latter programs. yesterday’s announcements are moving me closer to that. How about you?

Look for more coverage on both Lightroom and Photoshop in the future.

Until next time.

Tweak Your Colors With Photoshop’s Selective Color Command


In this post, I want to highlight a technique to selectively adjust color in your images. There are many ways to do this. This technique does require using Photoshop CC or an earlier version of the program. Photoshop Elements does not have the command, Selective Color, that this technique uses.

I learned about this technique from a video tutorial by Blake Rudis of F.64 Academy. The link to the video is shown below. He also provides free Actions that automate using the technique on three different style of photos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzdEfrmdMwc

In Photoshop Elements, the closest you can come to the Selective Color command, is using the Hue/Saturation command, and selecting individual color channels, rather than just using the Master Channel. But as Rudis points out in the video, this is not the same as the Selective Color approach.

Additionally, the technique can be used to provide subtle changes, as well as more pronounced changes to a photo, as is illustrated in the comparison below. It is normally applied after the primary adjustments to brightness, contrast, and color have been applied to the image.

Sel Color Before After

So, if you have Photoshop, give this technique a try, let me know what you think, and post a link to your image here.

Until next time…