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Aerial Still Photos from GoPro Hero 2 on DJI 550

Discussion in 'Aerial Photography and Video Discussion' started by Jim in Massachusetts, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Jim in Massachusetts

    Jim in Massachusetts Member

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    Posted by Jim in Massachusetts, Nov 23, 2012 #1
    Thought I'd share some of the recent still photos I've published to the Web. After shooting with a Canon 5D and 7D for a few years, I must say I'm disappointed with the image quality from my GoPro Hero 2. I hope to be flying a Cinestar 8 someday. On the other hand, I am well aware that given its light weight self timer feature the GoPro is a very capable camera.

    I have the WiFi back... but find it useless of the copter is more than ~50 feet away. Preview does not update fast enough, even on my Galaxy SIII.

    Here is my method for still photos from the GoPro.

    When I'm shooting a subject where getting a good shot is important, I have the GoPro shoot a still every 2 seconds using the interval timer mode. On flights where getting a good shot is less critical, I set the interval timer for 5 sec. Either way I'm left with hundreds of photos to delete!

    When I can maneuver a good distance back from the subject, I set the camera angle just slightly below horizontal. This helps minimize the curved horizon from lens distortion.

    I shoot "11MP wide" mode which leaves lots of room to crop. I set the metering mode to "spot". This help reduce under-exposure of your subject when there's lots of sky in the frame.

    Once on the computer I correct the distortion, balance the color and crop *** needed before publishing. I use Picasa's browser to view my images and Adobe Photoshop CS5 for editing.

    I publish my aerial photos to Google+ (every photographers favorite)
    https://plus.google.com/photos/104688579048759425474/albums/5800083779192696801

    Photo.net
    http://photo.net/photodb/member-photos?user_id=215599

    and Saugus Photos Online
    http://saugus.net/Photos/

    Feel free to reply with your aerial photography tips or critiques of my photos or methods.

    Jim H.
     
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    Posted by Bowley, Nov 23, 2012 #2
    Nice pics,
    I rarely use my GP2 in stills mode but if i do I use 8mp and medium FOV. I find I have to crop too much after using lens distortion when I use 11mp wide.
    I also liked to just take pull stills from 1080 narrow video before I loaded up protune FW.
    Gonna have to try the GP3 though!
     
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