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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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A little point

Can a very little point change the meaning of a picture? But, in the world of photoshop, did I add the little black point or did I remove it? 🙂 🙂

Answers: yes it can! Of course I added the little point. It was a “poor” photo but I noticed that the child was looking at the ground…so I thought to add a little black point to give a reason of curiosity 🙂 Now I have a more interesting picture…but did I do well? Did I do the right thing or I should have left it without retouching?

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A difficult choice?

Some time ago I was walking on the Walls of the city of Lucca and I saw a very interesting place. As you can see in the pictures below there are geometry and simmetry:

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So I decided to wait for a human presence: in the street-photography people are essential for a good picture. I took a lot of photos with my Fujifilm X100T before to find the “best one”.

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Optimized Classic Chrome Preset ( FujiFilmX ) for Lightroom

A little optimization of the Classic Chrome preset of Lightroom: just a little change on Clarity, Saturation and Tone Curve. At the end of the post the  link to download the template. To install in Lightroom: right-click (win) or ctrl-click (Imac) on user presets and then choose import.

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You can download the template here: Classic Chrome

A little tip..

One of the way to learn how to take a good shot is the following: look for a very bad, ugly, nasty, unsightly, foul, unpleasant place ( in your home too , or in another place ) and try to make it beautiful 🙂 In every place there is a hidden nice, lovely, little side…it’s a very good exercise of composition to find it.

I found in my garden some flowers…Ok, they are not very unpleasant..but I think that they are quite meaningless. So I tried to “transform” the picture in a “pictorial” photo, in a “sort of” painting.

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More contrast, more light and a lot of color saturation ( and a little crop )…Now they are very beautiful flowers 🙂

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Lightroom Settings for Fujifilm X100T RAW pictures

These are my Lightroom‘s settings for Fujifilm X100T when I import RAW pictures. These are a not definitive settings, but a start point to continue (eventually) the editing. It’s an error to apply the same settings to all the pictures, because all the pictures are different: but we can start with a good base…and then continue to edit.

Some years ago, when I developed and I printed by myself my analogic black&white films, my  trick to have a good-basic development was to begin and to end the camera roll during the day: in order to have the same lighting conditions. So it was easier to print pictures (and develop too): the starting exposure was (more or less) the same for all of them. Of course I had to “edit”, to customize the prints locally, but the starting point was very important to avoid a test print for each single picture. We can do the same in the digital editing with standard setting. On the X100T I set the “Classic Chrome” profile.