Need Help Editing Bracketed Panos for Virtual Tour

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by snaphouse916, May 15, 2020.

  1. Hi, I'm new to real estate photography. What is the best method to fix the color cast, etc in Lightroom / Photoshop? I shot -2 to +2 EV for HDR merge. I'm shooting with a GoPro Fusion 360 camera which has limited options. It only allows f2.8.

    I know I can shoot with my DSLR and stitch but I need to reduce time and workflow. Matterport is too expensive so I have to work with what I've got (GoPro Fusion).

    Thanks for any help!!

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  2. You don't need a new camera for color correction, any more than you need a new car for an empty gas tank. If you take a shot holding a white or grey card in view of the camera, you can use the eyedropper tool to do measure the white balance, and copy those settings to your composite image. It is nether necessary nor desirable to correct each of the frames. Stitch'm then fix'm.

    Except for the lowest exposure, the white balance in your sequence looks pretty good from my end. In fact except for the window at the end of the hall, you probably don't need an HDR bracket. The tiny sensor and lens in a GoPro Fusion will give you ample depth of field, even at a fixed f/2.8.

    The "white card" can be as simple as a plain sheet of printer paper. An matte X-Rite (nee Gretag MacBeth) 70% white card (13% grey card on the reverse side) will give you more consistent results. The white walls may be good enough, but hardly anything of architectural value is actually white.

    VR is not my cuppa' at the moment, but your questions are part of everyday photography.
    Last edited: May 15, 2020
  3. Color Cast Fixes.jpg Screen Shot 2020-05-18 at 2.04.32 PM.png Using your middle frame, I tried separate color corrections for the bedroom, backroom, and skylight, assuming the walls were white. I also dropped the saturation of the magenta universally and cyans in spots. The result, while not the greatest, at least shows what the method might do. The Photoshop layers I used is also attached.

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