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Controlling exposure settings in DJI Pano mode

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I manually snap each picture adjusting exposure as I go, the use Microsoft’s Image Composition Editor to stitch them together. It’s free and does a really good job. But, you have to be careful not to make big exposure changes in adjacent frames or you‘ll see a distinct exposure line after stitching.
 
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I manually snap each picture adjusting exposure as I go, the use Microsoft’s Image Composition Editor to stitch them together. It’s free and does a really good job. But, you have to be careful not to make big exposure changes in adjacent frames or you‘ll see a distinct exposure line after stitching.
That's what I normally do. Just trying to learn how to use the auto pano mode on the P4.
 
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When I do panos, I rotate the copter 360° before I start the pano and expose for the brightest part of the sky in manual mode. After the image is stitched I brighten up the shadows for a balanced exposure.
You took the words right out of my mouth. I will add that the histogram is your best friend. While the EV indicator gives one a general sense of exposure, the histogram will allow you to make intelligent decisions when faced with a choice of either blowing out a sky or crushing the shadows. I always shoot in Log mode for 1 or 2 extra stops of dynamic range. Do these things and you should be able to even out exposure in post.

In a related story, I do construction progress videos, which are essentially a 360° POI (albeit, a bit more sophisticated). I have always struggled with exposure but I have learned that it's best to set the exposure at the high end of safe. Why? Because the client probably cares a lot more about what lurks in the shadows than blowing out the sky. These are not beauty videos. They are forensic videos. That said, even with my "high end" exposure, I find the EV values on the Inspire 1 X3 camera tend to be "hotter" than actual EV. So I generally shoot -1.7 to 0.0. If any part of the shot gets into positive EV numbers, that's pretty much a guarantee that I've blown something out.

Here's a screen capture from yesterday's shoot. The is the "darker" side of the shoot because the sun is in front of me.
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As you can see, there's plenty of exposure in the shadows with some parts of the photo blown out. In reality, there IS some data in the "blown out" sections, but I have exposed the video in post to favor the shadows.

And here's with the Sun behind me:

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This side of the site is padded roughly 2 stops in post, compared to the other side, which is actually boosted 1 or 2 stops.

Anyway, I think you get the point. Exposure decisions can be tough.

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Not sure what you mean. Calibrating images in post?
I do all my panos manually, it's faster. I shoot 32 pictures per pano. Before stitching I edit each photo and that only takes a few seconds on each photo, that way any over or under exposure is corrected and I don't need to depend on what I'm seeing on the tablet to make adjustments. I'm not saying the way I'm doing it is most efficient, it just works for me.

I also use Microsoft Image editor to stitch my panos. Multivista does all the editing and stitching for theirs.
 
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I do all my panos manually, it's faster. I shoot 32 pictures per pano. Before stitching I edit each photo and that only takes a few seconds on each photo, that way any over or under exposure is corrected and I don't need to depend on what I'm seeing on the tablet to make adjustments. I'm not saying the way I'm doing it is most efficient, it just works for me.

I also use Microsoft Image editor to stitch my panos. Multivista does all the editing and stitching for theirs.
Yeah, I can do that, hoping to find a better approach than adjusting each image.
 

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NO shooting your pictures in RAW mode,so you have 100% control afterwards on your pc.
If I'm looking for a beauty photo, I always shoot in raw. However if shooting for construction documentation where the client just wants to see a clean picture the I use JPEG. I'm no professional, so maybe some of the pros here have better advice.
 

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