Panoramic shots

Trying out the panoramic feature of the DJI spark. Impressed, but not blown away by it.

I found it really easy Todo, with the drone doing all the hard work taking the images, a great mode for capturing the vista. However, I find myself unable to position the drone where I want, always seeming to stop short. Not a limit on the drone, but for some reason my brain always stops in that same position!

Power of the edits..

While I always like to process images as little as possible, if at all, some times it’s a requirement of every shot.

Here, for instance this shot taken from my Spark. It lacks depth and colour. Visually, it just didn’t stand out.

However, a little time spent in the Google Photos editor tweaking exposure, clarity, saturation and blacks improve things.

Shadows have a bit more depth, the colours are less muted but still hold the autumn setting.

You don’t take a photograph, you make it

Ansel Adams

So, don’t be afraid to play with the sliders, just don’t overdo it, and keep it realistic and you’ll do just fine.

Trying out Route Overlays

I’ve tried using Garmin VIRB Edit to produce an overlay on my video, to show the metrics.

Associated Ride: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/3916087

It works quite well, even if it does stretch out the editing process.

The flow is now:

  1. Join files if required (GoPro splits files at 1.8Gb)
  2. Load into VIRB, and place GPX information with the file, aligning it with an arbitrary point.
  3. Export file with overlay and load it into Premier Pro
  4. Heavy edits in Premiere Pro and AfterEffects.

Then export and do what ever needs done with the video 🙂

Simple really, a little longer work flow than I would of liked, but it works until a better solution can be found. Garmin VIRB is great considering it is a free piece of software. And I think I’m already paying enough for the right to use Adobe…