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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.


– 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.


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


– 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.


With some work on Lightroom we can adjust the DNG:


Here is the steps:


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


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”.



Corrected DNG 


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








Corrected DNG


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








Corrected DNG


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





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



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


JPG ( no lens correction)


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



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…


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.



The fundamental question of (digital) life

JPEG or RAW ? How many times I heard this question!! Who is the winner? And the Oscar goes to ….  the answer is: it depends! There is not a winner. Both of them have pro and cons… I don’t want to publish a bare standard table with pro&cons but I want to speak about real-life samples. Generally speaking RAW has a lot of pro…but..

I.e. I’m a professional sport photographer and during a race I shot hundreds of pictures and I have to choose and send them to a newspaper as soon as possible. So I have not time to convert/edit them from RAW to JPEG (remember that a RAW file is very-very large )…so I use JPEG but I set my camera to give me a good JPG: i.e.  adjust contrast/saturation/white balance/size. Some year ago I attended to a workshop held by Ivo Saglietti  and he said us to use only JPEG: the reason was that we have to concentrate only on the composition of the image and not on the editing.  Here my reportage in JPEG.

On the opposite I have time to edit the RAW…so I want to work in photoshop with the most quality of my pictures. Here the advantage of RAW is that I can edit/correct the file without big reduction in quality. Remember that everytime you save a JPEG file the software , that you used for editing, reduces it!  Yes! It’s the definition of a JPEG file: a compressed file with loss of quality ( also a ZIP file is a compressed file…but the compression is lossles: we can restore the original file). In the case you are using a JPEG file, my suggestion is to to save it in the default format of the software you are using: i.e PSD for Photoshop. So the next time you edit and save it, you will not have quality reduction.

This is not an advertising! I have a Sony RX100M3 and if I want a good JPEG picture I can set  on of  the Default Scene ( i.e. Sport,Landscape,Sunset …. ) or the Superior / Intelligent Auto mode. In my next post I’ll show some pictures in those settings ( versus and edited RAW).