Lens Profile Correction for GoPro Cameras

Last week, new release-candidate versions of Camera Raw and Lightroom were posted to Adobe Labs that feature additional camera and lens support. I was extremely excited when I found out that one of the new camera profiles supported is the GoPro Hero 3. I’m a huge fan of GoPro cameras, and this means we now have more ways to get more creative with their usage.

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I have a GoPro Hero 3 Black, and I use it in lots of different situations… everything from mounting it to a surfboard, attaching it to a remote control helicopter, mounting it on my car, to weird perspectives snapshots of everyday life. I love the camera, and am always finding new/creative ways to use it.

I was recently thinking… I absolutely love the shots I get off of the GoPro, but I wish there was an easy way to reduce the fisheye distortion. I wanted to try my hand at creating some aerial panoramas, but the distortion was causing issues. You can reduce the distortion using Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide Angle filter, but that can be tedious to get right. This release makes the process of reducing fisheye dead simple.

Reducing the lens distortion is now as simple as selecting the GoPro camera profile in Camera Raw’s lens correction settings, and you can use it to create some incredible images. Check out the video below to see how to apply GoPro lens correction to both images and videos in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Bridge.

Images

Here are some side-by-side comparisons of before and after applying the GoPro lens correction.

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Panoramas

I’ve also been able to use this feature to create some awesome (in my opinion) aerial panoramas using the DJI Phantom quad-rotor remote controlled helicopter. The easiest way to create one of these panoramas is to select the images you want to merge inside of Adobe Bridge. Then right-click and select “Open in Camera Raw…”, and then apply the lens correction to all of the images. Once you’ve done that, keep the same images selected and go to Tools -> Photoshop -> Photomerge inside of Adobe Bridge. This will launch the Photomerge process inside Photoshop, and after a few minutes, you will have a nice panorama to work with. Take the generated panorama, turn it into a smart object, and then you can start applying other filters (including Camera Raw) to it, and you can achieve some great results.

Here are a few panoramas I’ve created. Click on any one of them to view an interactive panorama, where you can zoom into the full resolution of the image.

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Salisbury, MD (5392 x 1833) – Click for Interactive Panorama

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Avon, NC (6623 x 1533) – Click for Interactive Panorama

To make the panoramas interactive, I used Photoshop’s “Zoomify” export, combined with the Leaflet mapping library for an interactive HTML experience. You can ignore the HTML it generates, but keep the images and XML configuration file. I then used this open source Zoomify Layer for Leaflet to make the images fully interactive, without any plugin dependencies. You can pinch/zoom and pan the images, and they are loaded as individual tiles, so it’s a smooth experience for the end user.

Next Steps

Go get started, and have fun! You can download Camera Raw 8.2 and Lightroom 5.2 release candidates from labs.adobe.com – just make sure to get the correct Camera Raw plugin for your suite (CS6 or CC).

Also, check out this video produced by Adobe’s own Russell Brown for additional information:

Have fun and enjoy! Feel free to share any of your creations too!

  • Dan Seligson

    I am a longtime LR user and only recently bought a GoPro. When it dawned on me that there might be profiles to correct the distortion, I was excited. After playing with it, I’ve decided it’s not worth turning on Lens Profile Corrections as a default for my GoPro images. In many cases, for instance see the lower of the two original/corrected images in your post, fixing the horizon only creates scale errors in the horizontal, the building on the right looks wider than it is in real life. Do that to a person, and she’ll be very annoyed, and so probably will you be too. It’s easier for the mind to live with the curved horizon than the unnatural look of people or other objects. For certain images, such as panoramas composed of many many images so the overlap is large and you’re only using the center of the field for unique content, then the profiles will certainly help.

    • http://tricedesigns.com/ Andrew Trice

      Yeah, I agree that I wouldn’t turn it on by default. I think it’s great for dramatic effect, and specific corrections (and panoramas, as you mentioned), but there is some distortion, so use it wisely. You can achieve similar results without the edge distortion using the Adaptive Wide Angle filters, but I’ve found it to be far more manual of a process. However, if you want to straighten things out without the distortion, its far worth the manual effort.

    • http://tricedesigns.com/ Andrew Trice

      I just did a post showing the difference in Adaptive Wide angle and Lens Profile Correction wtih images from GoPro cameras… check it out here: http://www.tricedesigns.com/2013/08/09/two-ways-to-remove-fisheye-from-gopro-images/ The Adaptive Wide Angle filter approach has a little less distortion, but is more labor intensive.

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  • Rich Gatanis

    I’ve been using GoPro cameras for a bit and have been trying to remove/reduce the fish eye effect in my videos. I’ve seen your video (and others) on using the lens filter in Ps6. As you can see in the screen shot below, I cant get the GoPro camera option to show up in the drop down menu. I’ve installed all of the updates to no avail. I’m sure there is something I’m not doing correctly. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Rich

    • http://tricedesigns.com/ Andrew Trice

      Did you download the update from Adobe Labs (link above)? This is a beta/release candidate feature, and is not in a “normal” update yet.

      • Rich Gatanis

        You’re the man! Works great now. I guess I thought it was a Ps6 update and not a ACR update (since I don’t use ACR much). This is so much easier than “Adaptive Wide Angle”. Thanks for the assistance. You can go back to being a hero again!

        Thanks,
        Rich

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  • Gonzales

    Excellent tutorial. Thank you. Do I understand correctly that you use Photoshop (which version ?) rather than ALR for correcting videos ? I use ALR, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Premiere Elements but cannot find the video functions there.

  • Brooke

    Please excuse me if this is a silly question but I use my GoPro to study the physiology of marine mammals… I have to calibrate my images to the camera and my computer so I know the size of the animals that I am shooting, Now if I used this method, would it change the image so much as to not be able to calibrate and record the size of the animals?

    • http://tricedesigns.com/ Andrew Trice

      I honestly don’t know the answer to this one. It does stretch the outter area of the image. However, since everything is being stretched uniformly, it might be OK. Do you have some kind of visual reference point inside of the image for comparison? I think the best thing is to just try it and see how the measurements differ (if at all).

      • Brooke

        That is true I will have to compare a few images with each other. Thanks for your help!

  • USGolfTVTroy

    Andrew,

    I am looking to do some GoPro work covering golf courses. With little-to-no knowledge on GoPro devices, what is the best camera to go with the combination of affordability, quality and simplicity for a relative beginner who will be looking to learn more about video work? Also, something that will effectively capture a golf course.

    Thank you for any help!

  • Justin

    I’d like to know if there’s a lens profile for the GoPro Hero 2?
    thanks