Public Lab Research note

Use of Quadcopter to Document Rock Alignments and Geoglyphs

by rmark | August 31, 2013 00:54 31 Aug 00:54 | #9082 | #9082

The use of a radio-controlled DJI Phantom quadcopter with a GoPro camera has proved to be a valuable tool to help document features best seen from the air. The GoPro camera can be set for interval photography (e.g. every 5 seconds) and the fisheye image distortion can be reasonably corrected in Photoshop. This approach minimizes impact on sensitive sites by eliminating the need to walk all over them.

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Neat. Photoshop is very capable, but you might try using Hugin to do the barrel distortion, since its open source and easier to script. Here's a good tutorial on eliminating barrel distortion in GoPro images using Hugin:

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Thanks. Options now include GoPro camera/lens correction modules in Photoshop and in Dxo. These became available after the images posted above.

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rmark, I am looking for quadcoptor enthusiest and engineers to work on a very cool project, let me know if you are interested!

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STAndrews00, send me more information:

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