Adobe Inspire and the Ultimate Guide to Aerial photography with the GoPro camera

A fabulous hoto feature from Adobe for anyone interested in their very own GoPro-based aerial data capture solutions…

From Adboe… This article explains how Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 can help you get the most out of images captured with your GoPro camera attached to a remote-controlled helicopter. Video 1 shows you how I set up my GoPro camera and take it out for a spin. I then bring the aerial photos into Photoshop Lightroom to organize them, adjust exposure and clarity, apply lens profile corrections, and crop images to highlight a specific area of interest. Next I apply nondestructive changes in Photoshop to straighten any curved lines in these 170-degree wide-angle images and make color corrections with the Camera Raw filter to bring the most out of the images. Finally, I create a single panoramic image from multiple photos taken with the copter.

Aerial photography basics

Getting started with remote-controlled aerial photography is easy and a lot of fun. The helicopter I use is the DJI Phantom (see Figure 1). This very stable, quad-rotor helicopter is designed especially with the GoPro HERO3 camera in mind. You can purchase larger copters or build your own but the DJI Phantom is easy to start with. It comes with a GPS stabilization system, making it a cinch to fly, and there are many aftermarket add-ons you can purchase to customize your setup. I’ve added a camera gimbal and first-person view (FPV) system to mine:

  • The camera gimbal is a gyroscope-based stabilization system that keeps your camera level no matter the orientation of the copter — essentially a Steadicam in the sky.
  • The FPV system enables you to get a first-person view of what the camera is seeing, which is great for framing shots accurately.


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