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Parrot Bebop 2: photography without secrets

There are 3 types of “photo mode” in the Bebop2’s settings:

– JPEG SNAP: it takes a screenshot of the video stream at a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. The image quality is not so good because of the video image stabilization that tends to remove sharpness and accentuate edges. What you get is what you see.

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– DNG(RAW) : This mode takes a raw picture at 4096×3072 pixels resolution in a DNG format. To use this picture you have to use softwares like Photoshop or Lightroom. What you get is NOT what you see.

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– JPEG 180°: it takes a fish eye shot at a 4096×3072 pixels resolution..the same as DNG, but there are small editing possibilities.

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– JPEG : it takes a fish eye shot at a 4096×3072 pixels resolution…but its fisheye’s distortion is not completely correctedWhat you see is SIMILAR to what you get.

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With some work on Lightroom we can adjust the DNG:

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Here is the steps:

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Important step: the crop. Here we loose a lot of pixels because we have to obtain a horizontal picture from a vertical one.

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I wonder because the format of DNG in vertical and not horizontal…like others camera..i.e. a Gopro.

Here there are other samples of the various format of the Bebop 2’s camera. I took the pictures from various distance because “what you see on the display” is very different from “what the drone sees”.

DNG

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Corrected DNG 

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JPG (no lens correction…see the distortion on the edges)

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JPG SNAP

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Nearest!

DNG

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Corrected DNG

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JPG ( no lens correction, but I’m near to the build and the horizon is not so distorted )

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JPG SNAP

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Nearest!

DNG

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Corrected DNG

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JPG ( no lens correction, but I’m near to the build and the horizon is not so distorted )

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JPG SNAP

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In front of the house..see the differences between JPG and JPG SNAP

DNG

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“Corrected” DNG ( we are very near and the lens distortion is difficult to correct )

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JPG ( no lens correction)

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JPG SNAP ( the part of the house that we see it’s very different from the on of the JPG above!! )

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On my opinion the best solution to take home a good photo from the Bebop2 is to snap with all the different “photo mode”. As you can see sometime there is a very big different from what you see on video and what the drone sees…

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Pedestrian Crossing

 

I have a lucky place in my city where I can see from above a pedestrian crossing. This road sign is very particular because at the beginning is semi-circular and it’s near a white straight line. The best time to take some pictures is during a rainy day because the asphalt takes an intensive black color…and there are umbrellas. Another good time is during the sunset: we can “play” with shadows.

The man of the stripes

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A white dressed woman..near the white stripes

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Semi-circular stripes and a semi-circular umbrella’s strip

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At sunset … playing whit shadows

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It’s like a black&white pictures…whit a red important “point”

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Different approaches to a wall

How many ways can we photograph a blank wall? It’s not a very-very blank wall…there is something that we can use to “custom” it: in this case there are two road signs.

Here is the “track”..and, as we are speacking about Street Photographs, we need a human subject.

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A “classical” approach: follow a direction:

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A countercurrent...a salmon 🙂

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A moving countercurrent… if you want an “artistc” picture!

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More motion? Very simple:  wait for a fast cyclist ( always as “artistic” picture! )

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…uhhhmmmm… there something missig: a car or 2 persons ( there are 2 signals on the wall ) or, better, a person with a blue/white dress (!)… The main key is “Fantasy”! With fantasy we can “paint” (photograph) a simple blank wall in 1000 ways. For this example I used a Sony Rx100M3.

 

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Raindrops keep falling on my .. puddle!

After a rainy day I often take my camera and I take a walk on the streets/squares of my city: I like to take photos of reflections from puddles. To achieve a good result I use a wide angle lens and I put the camera at ground level ( better if the camera has a tilting display ) but it’s not enough! To obtain a different picture ( from other millions of the same type ) we need some fantasy : in my example a friend that helped me to have a drop in the puddle….

Standard

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With a “little” detail

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I think that the second one is better…do you agree?

Note: Amphitheater Square in the city of Lucca, Italy

Mister Silhouette & Miss Shadow

I think that a good exercise in Street-Photography is to take pictures of silhouettes & shadows. First of all: shadows are better at sundown or sunrise because they are longer that in other times of the day. The second tip is to go in the same place just at those times of day because the shadows are very different and the scenes can be better. In any case patience must be our preferred “weapon”: we can find a good mix between shadows and lights but we have to wait for the right subject! At the end: don’t forget to expose for the lights…better using spot-meter and locking the measure…so when your subject is coming we are ready for the snap.

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Street Humour

Today no words…in a city there is always something funny to capture 🙂 The main tips are: patience and attention. It’s very important (in most cases) the ability to “preview” an action…or to “build up” a scene.

The Thief

When I saw the poster, I got the idea to put there my bag: in the city be careful to your bags!

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The Exhibitionist

Thanks to my friend for help me in the “build” of the picture 🙂

 

A very graceful girl

I waited for a long time to take this picture….because I know the habits of (all) men in front of a lovely girl 🙂

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Declaration of love

On the wall: “Puppy I love you”

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Love for Arts

Very love!

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The smoker

Smoking is dangerous! ( I like to play with posters .. of course the tip is: patience: wait for the right subject)

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Actual family

On account of me, they were chatting among themselves!

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