Correcting for distortion after panorama merge (Mavic 2 Pro)

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Rogier Bos Regular Member • Posts: 208
Correcting for distortion after panorama merge (Mavic 2 Pro)

Hello,

One of the best features of the Mavic 2 Pro in my opinion is its ability to create large panorama's. It creates images with high details and high resolution — great for printing in large sizes. I use the 3x3 panoramic image setting all the time.

The drone creates a jpg itself and stores that with the RAW images. In Lightroom it is super easy to merge the raw images together into a panorama, which you can then edit to your hearts content. However, the resulting image shows a lot of distortion, which the jpg created by the drone doesn't.

Is there a way to remove this distortion? I have looked online and in the DP archives, but can't find anything. I can't be the only person struggling with this.

Of course I could just work with the jpg, and I sometimes do. But it would be really helpful to have the full bitdepth of RAW at my disposal.

Thanks in advance for any help/tips!

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Dericali Regular Member • Posts: 250
Re: Correcting for distortion after panorama merge (Mavic 2 Pro)

Have you tried any other software, such as ones that specialise in merging images? Might be worth it, because Lightroom is not especially good at this function.

Ken Seals
Ken Seals Senior Member • Posts: 1,669
Re: Correcting for distortion after panorama merge (Mavic 2 Pro)

Have you tried the Lens Corrections panel in Lightroom Classic? I use is for the panos I create with my Phantom 3 Pro. LrC has the lens correction info for that camera and the correction can be applied even after the pano merge.

This page from adobe has a list of all the lens profiles available in LrC: Supported lenses (adobe.com)

You may also want to try the manual lens corrections in that same panel.

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Len-O Senior Member • Posts: 1,518
Re: Correcting for distortion after panorama merge (Mavic 2 Pro)

You might take a look at DxO's NIK Collection set of plug-ins which include "Perspective Efex".

https://nikcollection.dxo.com/perspective-efex/

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john isaacs Veteran Member • Posts: 6,095
Re: Correcting for distortion after panorama merge (Mavic 2 Pro)
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Rogier Bos wrote:

Hello,

One of the best features of the Mavic 2 Pro in my opinion is its ability to create large panorama's. It creates images with high details and high resolution — great for printing in large sizes. I use the 3x3 panoramic image setting all the time.

The drone creates a jpg itself and stores that with the RAW images. In Lightroom it is super easy to merge the raw images together into a panorama, which you can then edit to your hearts content. However, the resulting image shows a lot of distortion, which the jpg created by the drone doesn't.

Is there a way to remove this distortion? I have looked online and in the DP archives, but can't find anything. I can't be the only person struggling with this.

Of course I could just work with the jpg, and I sometimes do. But it would be really helpful to have the full bitdepth of RAW at my disposal.

Thanks in advance for any help/tips!

Try using perspective correction rather than spherical or cylindrical.

For tricky panoramas, I'll use Photoshop and the wide angle filter adjustment.

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Pixtasi Regular Member • Posts: 116
Re: Correcting for distortion after panorama merge (Mavic 2 Pro)

I have the Mavic Pro and shoot panoramas pretty often. I'll rotate the drone to capture a wide view/multiple exposures and then combine all in Photoshop. Works really well. I just did some in high winds condition so the horizon line got messed up a bit. It was easily corrected using Warp transform adjustments.

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