Crafting Aerial Drone Photos

Lesson 5 of 7

Creating a Panorama from Video

 

Crafting Aerial Drone Photos

Lesson 5 of 7

Creating a Panorama from Video

 

Lesson Info

Creating a Panorama from Video

So I'm gonna talk about now creating a panorama from video. So this another way of doing it. The one way as I said you take the camera up there and you take a picture you move a little bit take another picture take another picture. If you're working on something like a GoPro camera you don't have remote control over that camera or you don't have an FPV what a lot of people will do for their ariel panoramic photographs, is just use timelapse get it to take a photo every five seconds then just fly it go out there and do that. The other thing you can do is shoot video and then come back to the video and pull the stills, now with the Phantom Vision and the Phantom Vision plus, the cameras not really good enough to get good video from this. It's great for still photos, and I love it for stills and just for straight video, but if you wanna pull photos out of the video the GoPro cameras a lot better. And so you know the GoPro Hero Four will shoot in 4 K which is four thousand pixels, whereas ...

I'm shooting right now is the Hero Three Plus and I'm shooting 2.7 K using ProTune, so if you don't know what that means it just, it's bigger and if you're a GoPro person you know what ProTune is. Alright so here's a little video that I shot and I'm gonna turn the volume down here because there's nothing worse than hearing a GoPro on a quad copter, cause every shot sounds exactly the same. (mouth whizzing) And that's all you here. So here I am I'm flying, yep, getting the thing all calibrated and ready. So I'm just gonna move forward, so here's my little flight. And these are the shots here I'm gonna take the still images from. So I'm flying up here and it's like okay I'm up there now I wanna do a panorama, so okay I'll fly and I'll turn around and I'm just kinda scrubbing through this right now cause it's 12 minutes of video, ah ha! This is what I want, the video. So I'm actually gonna start from where I started about here, and I'll play this and you can see what happening. So I'm flying up here and I know I wanna do a panoramic. So we'll let this play, it'll go up and there we go. In a second. I could close down these sides too so you can see it better so here we go, I'm going up there now. And as you can see I'm just slowly flying up and I'm composing my shot it's like okay this is where I wanna start. And now all I'm doing, notice what I'm doing I'm just yawing, yawing is rotating side to side, all I wanna do is make sure that everything is in that shot that I wanna stich to get in to panorama later. Now one of the things you'll notice I think on this one, I'm gonna go all the way around cause I want a 360 degree panorama. So notice I'm not moving it too fast cause I don't want motion blur on those shots but at this speed this is fine, you're not gonna get any motion blur those individual shots or individual frames will be nice and crisp. This is 30 frames per second at 2.7 K. And I'm playing it right now in Lightroom. And the reason I'm playing it in Lightroom cause there's a number of ways you can extract a still image from video. And honestly the best way I know is actually right here in Lightroom, it's the easiest way to do it and you get great results. So we're almost done and I'm just showing you the entire thing, now I had I been taking pictures id be snap take a picture. Snap take a picture. And typically speaking what'd I'd do is I'll before I take that picture I will stop I will snap that picture then I'll rotate it. And I'll take the picture, so here we're doing it in post production. So we just did that whole 360 degree panorama. So what we're gonna do is we just gonna pop this open here and this is essentially what you're gonna do to pull your images off, it's super simple. You just go into here and you go capture frame. That's it. And then what we're gonna do is we're gonna scrub all the way back here, to the beginning and, you know, so here, this is essentially how we would do it. I would go here now, grab that frame. And then this little button here will move it one frame at a time, so I'll literally click here maybe play a little bit, then stop it if it goes to far and then I will literally move this one frame at a time until I get the shot that I want. And then I'll capture the next one. Capture frame, then play a little bit. And I'll stop about there. Just kinda feels about right and then literally take another frame, so I think you kinda get the idea right? Now I'm gonna go here and I wanna cut this off at the horizon line for this pano, I'm thinking about there looks good. If it's gone too far go backwards. And this is the cool thing about going one frame at a time cause a lot of the time when I'm shooting oceans I will move it one frame at a time till I get the surf breaking exactly where I want it. Or you know you've got a bird flying and you so you can, this is the great thing about doing it from video versus a still, you can capture that exact moment in time that you want so maybe the waters exploding, you wanna get it right at the peak of that water you can take that shot and create a much more dramatic panorama or you know the bird that fly's up you wait till it's not cutting a horizon, you wait till it's in the right spot and you know literally create your shot. So what we've done now, is we've just created you know, pulled those and I'm not gonna I'm actually gonna just quit right out of there cause I got some that I did previously. I'm not gonna make you sit there while I do every single one of those shots. So here's the shots here that I pulled. These are Jpeg's and I just pulled these from that video, so this is exact clip I just did and I just exported those as Jpeg's out of Lightroom without doing anything to them. So essentially what we need to get this panorama is we need one shot in the middle and then we need something showing this side and we need something showing the other side. So I know, I like this, I'm gonna grab this one here that's the one in the middle, and then we want this left side so maybe you know that shot there looks pretty good, I can see we got that one there. And we got that one, so I'm only gonna grab three and then hope that we can do that with the five in it. So we're gonna get three on the other side, so we're gonna scroll up here and let's look for the other side. Yep that looks cool, we've got the edge there. And we got this one closest to the middle, so I've selected five images right now. That we're gonna stich a panorama out of. So, maybe I should've done seven and hopefully I won't regret not doing seven but, let's go and we're gonna have a look here. So what I'm gonna do now is just right click on these and we're gonna open these in Camera Raw. So all the selected ones are going to open in Camera Raw and I'm gonna choose select all, so I've selected all the images I'm just gonna do exactly as I did before when we were working with the photos. Is I'm gonna grab this lens correction but it's you know it's not necessarily gonna see it because these are just Jpeg's. Those Jpeg's that I just pulled from Lightroom don't have the meta data in there telling it that I used a GoPro camera. But I can manually go down here and I should be able to choose a GoPro, yep. And the lens correction for GoPro is still gonna work cause it's exactly the same photo it's exactly the same aspect ratio and every thing it just doesn't know I was using a GoPro camera. So I had to tell it I was using a GoPro and that' what I did there, and we can click done. And now let's go over to the lens distortion from those video frames. Now we can go in here and we can choose our tools and we're gonna go down to Photoshop and we're gonna choose the photo merge. So this is essentially exactly what we did when we were doing LA, we're gonna do the same thing and we're just gonna lat this stitch together and build a nice little panorama. And it's just gonna take a moment here. And you can see because I was using 2.7K, I've got some pretty sized images here. So I can actually take a printable, here we go, and this is actually quite a decent sized it's printable image so we could print this and it would look nice. So we're gonna do the same steps we did before, command D for merge. And I'm gonna go into the adaptive wide angle. And under the adaptive wide angle you know we could fix this lens correction if we wanted, but you know what, I'm gonna leave it because I kinda feel like I like that little curvature there the way that kinda curves around the bottom. It crates an interesting composition. So I'm just gonna be like, okay. So I'm just gonna click on okay, you'll notice it does do a little correction so if we look at this before and after, it still did an automatic correction without me changing anything which is cool, I'm actually kinda happy with that I probably should've zoomed out a little bit which is what I didn't do, and you'll notice it crops these edges off if you don't zoom out. You can see that it actually cuts them but that's fine, so we're just gonna crop this down. And we're gonna crop it here, crop it down there and then you know, crop it, and then we get rid of the transparency areas and we go back into Camera Raw and adjust it and do exactly what we just did on the previous example. I'm not gonna copy those step because I think the time is best spent on something else so you can kinda see that we can do that very easily and create a really cool image.

Class Description

UAVs, drones, multi-rotors, and quadcopters are flying tripods capable of framing photos in three true dimensions. Learn how to work with the images they capture in Crafting Aerial Drone Photos with Colin Smith.

In this class, you will learn how to set up the perfect shot, and how to turn the images from a drone-mounted camera into a full-sized work of art. You’ll learn what it takes to bring an image from a small camera to life, and how to make aerial panoramas from multiple photographs and video.

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