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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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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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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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Geometric Street photography

Hello, yestarday I was looking at an historical palace because there was on its wall an intersting shadow, when I saw a girl that was walking along that wall…I noticed that there was an intersting geometric similitude between the street-lamp’s shadow and the girl’s trolley…so I started to take (a lot of ) photos. Please see here my little photographic story…and the final result.

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Rejected shots

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Final result

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A good exercise: play with differences.

As I said in another post, a good exercise in Street Photography is to look for similarity , But the opposite is also true: looking for differences:

Small sizes…and…large sizes..

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Young and old

Young and old

 

I’m different!

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He’d like to be like Batman….but…ehm..

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Black and Light blue

Black and light blue

 

 

 

Stay always on the scene

When we find a good moment/scene to catch, we cannot stop at the first shot..we have to stay there to wait for other moments. In this case I found the result of a good chess move: before and after. Of course I asked the players a permission to take photos. Two images that must to be toghether like a very short film!

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Likeness,similarity & analogy

I like photographs where there are likeness, not only in a direct way but also in different conjugations. You know that I’m stingy with words…so a picture is worth a thousand words….so please see the following examples 🙂  In this pictures the likeness & similarities are clear: I insert some highlights to indicate what captured my attention.

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