This is a guest article written by DxO PhotoLab.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Have you noticed how popular drone photography has become? It’s amazing to see all of these incredible new points of view that can be achieved with a drone.
Today we want to share with you a photo taken with the Phantom 4 Pro. We edited the image using DxO PhotoLab 2 and finished it with the Viveza plug-in from the Nik Collection by DxO.
The Original DNG Picture
First, let’s take a look at the raw DNG image straight from the Phantom 4 Pro.
The Phantom 4 Pro has a 1-inch sensor that delivers stunning image quality. As you can see, this is a very acceptable photo even without editing, but it’s a little bit flat and the picture has some vignetting.
Applying Lens Corrections
DxO PhotoLab 2 supports and corrects files from the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and the Mavic 2 Pro.
Once the file is loaded into PhotoLab 2, the software can easily correct vignetting, lens softness, distortion, and much more. It also sharpens the image and corrects some of the lightning issues from the original DNG. As you can see, we’ve slightly cropped the image to correct some of the minor distortion and barrel effect from the original file.
DxO PhotoLab 2 can recognize Phantom files and will make some automatic corrections. From there you can take your editing even further. I used Smart Lightning and Clear View Plus. I also adjusted the highlights and shadows with the Selective-Tone tool. This adjustment brought out more dynamic depth, which you can see from the added texture in the clouds.
At this point, we already have a very acceptable image, but I found that the blue in the sky was still a bit washed. I wanted to get an image with more vibrant colors, so I upped the saturation of the green areas and made the water a little bit brighter.
For this, I used the Viveza plug-in in the Nik Collection by DxO. This excellent software has just been updated with a fantastic tool: U Point adjustment technology.
U Point Local Adjustment Technology: Perfection Is Just A Few Clicks Away
Apply the local adjustments you need using U Point selection assistance technology. No need to waste your time with complicated masks. With U Point technology, your settings are automatically and intelligently applied to all similar points within the area you’ve identified.
You can learn more about it by visiting the dxo.com website.
Back to our image. I export my edited file from PhotoLab 2 into Viveza. Doing this is quite simple, just open PhotoLab 2, choose on the bottom right of your screen, and export to application. Choose Viveza, or any other plugin from the Nik Collection.
This is what the application looks like:
The software allows you to be as creative as you want. On my side, as I said earlier, I hoped to get an image that was a bit more vibrant.
The sky now has a deeper blue, the green is a little bit more saturation and brightness, and to finish, I used U Point technology to increase the brightness of the water.
The Final Image
You can also learn how to apply these technics to the pictures taken with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro by visiting the tutorial page.