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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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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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Analysis of a good street point of view

On monday morning ( during my usual Street-Photographic tour ) I found an interesting place: an underpass:

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For me it was interesting because there were 2 reflection points and 2 prospetive lines:

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Do you like a threesome?

A good exercise for street photograpy is to take an argument, also a little or, at the first sight, meaningless topic and develop it. In this case I chose the number 3…that is to say…a threesome 🙂

I saw three windows and I waited for three persons

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Before and after the barber: choose the right moment

Some time ago I was in the city of Genova ( Italy ) for some street photos. During my walks I noticed a man near a poster at a bus stop:

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Some tips for successful Street Photography

Use wide-angle lens: like 28mm or 35mm: in order to get as much as possible in the frame ( and you’ll be more discrete and “hidden” )

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Camera Settings: the camera must be ready in any moment to take a shot quickly

  • Set it to “Aperture Priority” or “Program” ( both in Automatic ISO )

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