Aerial '3D' Interactive Panoramas
A new venture for Island
Images! I've been shooting aerial panoramas since 2017, mainly using
multiple shots with manual exposures and then stitching them to produce
a 'flat' panorama that
you can scroll from side to side. I also tried shooting using the
DJI 'Auto Panorama' feature on later drones, but couldn't until recently
find a satisfactory
means of stitching and
displaying them. I tried using the Island Images Facebook page to
display them with some success, but wasn't happy with the way it worked
on a PC.
I've now started using
the excellent Kuula Pro website to upload the panoramas to and they are
linked directly from here now.
panoramas for 2021 are also linked from thumbnails in the relevant 'Month'
Click a link below to
visit the master index pages for the Interactive Panoramas
Before 2021 the
panoramas are not usually covering a full 360 degrees.
The main way to
view the interactive panoramas will in future be through the pages linked
above, but for the moment they can also be viewed on the
Images Kuula Site
This is my 'working
space' though, so pictures may come and go here and sometimes be in a seemingly
How are they produced
This covers the more
recent ones shot from December 2020 onwards, mainly using the DJI Mini
2 and DJI Fly app, but with some from
the Phantom 4 Pro and
Spark while the Mini 2 was unavailable. For me, the Mini 2 is the
drone of choice at the moment as it shoots the
pictures required quickly
and at the right resolution for PtGui and then Kuula. The example below
was taken in February 2021 at Creg-ny-Baa.
1 - Shoot the
I'm using the 'Sphere
Panorama' mode on the DJI Fly app which on the Mini 2 takes a series of
26 pictures covering 360 degrees around the drone location and directly
These are downloaded
post flight onto my desktop computer and the files renamed in 'Date/Time
Group' format which helps me keep track of them.
2 - Stitch the
26 pictures into one panorama
I do this using PTGui
Pro 12, an easy to use (or as complicated as you want!) program that recognizes
the picture set as a 360 degree panorama and combines the 26
original pictures into
one image. It usually makes a great job of it first go but there
are many manual 'tweaks' available if it doesn't get it quite as I want
3 - Final Processing
The stitched panorama
is then dropped into Corel Paint Shop Pro 2020 for any final tweaks needed.
It doesn't look wonderful at this stage because a 3D image is being shown
in a rather distorted
2D format. It's then saved with a new filename ready for uploading
to Kuula. I'll also make a thumbnail size picture for putting into
the 'Month' page.
4 - Upload to
This next stage offers
a few more editing options, the main ones that I use are choosing the direction
and zoom at which the picture loads and the thumbnail displayed
on the Island Images
Kuula webpage. I'll add some details of the picture and also enable
the Google Maps link so you can see exactly where the photo was taken from.
If you click on the
image below it will take you to the finished Creg-ny-Baa picture.
5 - Produce the
Island Images web pages
The final stage is to
produce the pages seen on Island Images, using a handy tool on the Kuula
editing page to produce the HTML code needed to make the pictures
work from within the
main Island Images website. The panoramas are made to automatically
rotate at a slow speed, there are full screen and pause options (top right
corner) and a
map option that will
show on Google Maps where the panorama was taken from.
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credited all pictures on this website © Jon