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ICE worked! It turns out I *do* have a -90 shot, so I'm not sure what the issue was with the dji software. No worries...I've already uninstalled that software. :) Thanks again for the installer @chasco.

It seams that ICE doesn't like DNG. For my purposes at the moment, I'll probably just stick with the jpg's, and maybe later I'll figure out if I can setup the mavic pro 360 pano mode to take jpg/raw rather than jpg/dng; or just take the shots manually.

@R.Perry, you say you can get 4 to 5 panos out of a flight. So you do multiple panos on a single site? @chasco said the same. I'm curious as to why multiple panos on a single site? Is it because the sites are huge? Or...?

Again, I have zero jobs lined up for construction site progress, so this is a great time for me to learn this stuff! I *do* have those roofing progress jobs coming up mid-July, so i'm thinking that the "linear" type panos, cardinal position shots, and vids will be good for those. Depends on what my friend wants/needs, of course. He's never had any progress photos taken before, so it'll be fun to work with him to see what will be most useful for him. (He doesn't advertise, has *plenty* of work, and doesn't really want to expand his business, so...maybe it's just so I can build my portfolio. ??)
 

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Just one site I had was 180 acres with nuemerous buildings under construction. I had ten panos on that site.

Here is UC Merced and this doesn't show the entire site. I don't know if you can zoom in enough to see where the panos are located.

The purpose is to give the client a birds eye view from almost any angle he or she chooses.

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Here is another example of a smaller site. Pano locations have pins

I try to positions the panos so the client doesn't need to look straight down, but can if need be.

I do all four of these with one pair of batteries and land with 30% battery remaining.

I've done so many of them it is just natural, so take your time when starting out. It is more important to get good photos than be in a hurry and need to do them over; don't ask me how I know that.

The other highlighted areas are for our ground photographer. Each arrow represents a photograph he takes on each visit. I also map this site and take several slide show photos.

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Oh wow...180 acres! That's amazing; now I understand the "multiple panos" thing. :)

The fact that you guys are actually making money and doing jobs is pretty amazing as well...that gives me hope!
 

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What was fun was mapping that 180 acres. Took eight pairs of batteries.

That brings up another point. Situational awareness. I had a new pilot working with me, I was suppose to be training him, funny that was the blind leading the blind. We started mapping, next thing I know he sets the controller down, and goes and gets his coffee out of his truck. If he had been my employee he would have been fired right there.
Yes mapping is autonomous, but you still need to pay attentions 100 percent of the time.
Also, we have given up on spotters, especially on large sites, they don't stay focused so what is the point.
 
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Just one site I had was 180 acres with nuemerous buildings under construction. I had ten panos on that site.

Here is UC Merced and this doesn't show the entire site. I don't know if you can zoom in enough to see where the panos are located.

The purpose is to give the client a birds eye view from almost any angle he or she chooses.

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This is pretty much what we do as well. You just try to capture where the work is happening in a manner that the viewer feels like they can move to any position they want.
 

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Don't know if this link will work, but I got permission to post it. It is a pano from a while back.

This is UC Merced, it ended up with a a total of 17 panos.

Nope; just goes to a login screen. But thanks for trying!

And coffee...that's *way* more important than focusing on a silly drone screen! o_O
 
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Ok, I'm officially hooked on 360 panos now. Just sayin'. ?

Are you guys manually setting your cameras (iso, ev, etc) when shooting your panos? Are you lowering the exposure as the bird turns into the sun? Or do you just set stuff to auto, and that works fine?
 

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Normally I like shooting panos close to mid day. I just set camera to auto in most cases. I would never change the exposure setting from on frame to another, remember the software is threading these photos together so I believe you want consistent exposures.
 
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We shoot auto and post-process in ACDSee. Doing the LightEQ function allows you to adjust all images to the same histogram profile. It really helps the top row that usually gets dark because of the sky/sun.
 

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