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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

    Sep 5, 2012
    Saugus MA USA
    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)


    and Saugus Photos Online

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

    Jim H.
  2. Bowley

    Bowley Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Lossiemouth, Scotland
    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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