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03-13-2003 01:40 AM  14 years agoPost 1
helimike77

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I was asked by a local school if I would be able to take an aerial picture of the campus for their yearbook. Although I've toyed with the idea never really researrched it. Their budget will allow some help for me to buy the equipment so I figured I should give it a shot.

Although I cannot perform any 3-d manuevers, I can hover pretty confidently in any orientation. Here is my current setup.

Futaba 9c
Raptor 30 with OS32
SCeadu 50 with OS50
Cannon ELPH S330

My ELPH is pretty heavy and I'm not to sure if I want it up that high so I probably will purchase another camera.
Any suggestions or reccomendations will be appreciated.

Thanks,
Mike

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03-13-2003 02:06 AM  14 years agoPost 2
helimike77

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In case anyone was wondering I did a search already but mostly just came up with video cameras where as I just want still shots for now.

Thanks,
Mike

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03-13-2003 02:53 AM  14 years agoPost 3
flyboy

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I am a little short on time, so let me point you in a starting dirrection. See my gallery, I have shot a billion six pictures with the Canon Elph camera on a 30. It is not ideal but the results would amaze you.
See my gallery for now, I will check back when I have more time.
I/we would be glad to help in any way that we can.

Thanks, Flyboy

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03-13-2003 05:02 AM  14 years agoPost 4
helimike77

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Flyboy those pics are awesome How high up are you in those? Is it hard to actually have the picture be what you intend it to be?
Thanks for the info.

Mike

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03-13-2003 05:15 AM  14 years agoPost 5
Naomi

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Flyboy. do you need a downlink for that little digital cam? Or just point to the right direction with some guess work. Can you shoot some close up of your camera trigger mechanism?

Naomi

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03-13-2003 06:51 AM  14 years agoPost 6
cyhyamrrApprentice - So. California - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Mike,
I don't want to make this sound like a shameless plug, but if you don't feel up to doing the job, drop me a line, I'm not that far away.

http://www.skyeyephoto.com

Among other things I have done a few schools.

Golden Valley Middle School

Yucaipa High School

Cal State San Bernardino


Walt

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03-13-2003 07:46 AM  14 years agoPost 7
helimike77

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It's not a matter of feeling up to do the job but learning what it takes to do it. I'm not doing it for the money but it benefits both of us.

Mike

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03-13-2003 03:39 PM  14 years agoPost 8
cyhyam

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Sorry Mike, I didn’t mean it that way at all.

What I was thinking is if you didn’t get a system going, or get satisfactory results.

I know these yearbook things are time sensitive due to publishing deadlines and they usually don’t allow for the weather.


Walt

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03-13-2003 03:55 PM  14 years agoPost 9
helimike77

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Thats alright

I'll let you know or have them contact you if thats the case.


Mike

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05-02-2003 11:58 PM  14 years agoPost 10
islandhopper

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Canon Elph

Hey Flyboy,

You mentioned that you shot a ton of pictures with your Canon Elph digital camera.

I have a camera mount very similar to yours and am using a Canon S230 powershot digital Elph. I am having some problems getting clear crisp pictures (Especially for a 3.2 megapixel camera) and was wondering what camera settings you used with your Elph.

The camera looks to be pretty vibration free and I am not sure if my problem is camera movement, vibration or my camera settings.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Steve

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05-03-2003 12:16 AM  14 years agoPost 11
HeliDude24

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HeliMike77,

As a photographer I would consider a couple of things. Is the picture going to be printed in black and white or color? If it's black and white you'll get nice results with a Canon S400. How large is the print in the year book? If it's a large color print I would get a Canon S45 or S50. The added resolution will help with a larger print.

There were only 35mm pictures in my year book back in highschool.
Most pictures were nice black and white. The senior class one was color 11x8. Today, for that kind of enlargement I use a Canon S45 and get some very nice results.

The digital workflow I use is as follows:
1. I always shoot in RAW mode.
2. Using Photoshop 7 with the RAW plug-in I then import the images, sharpen, white balance, and crop if needed.
3. I then save the final product in JPEG and TIFF. TIFF is a lossless format. i.e. no JPEG artifacts.

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05-03-2003 12:52 AM  14 years agoPost 12
flyboy

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I am no longer shooting with the elph, and my memory is not the best these days........ I believe that I was shooting in infinity with the camera set to shutter priority.

I am sure that if you are seeing any distortion that it is mostly a result of vibration making it's way to your camera platform.

Figure out a method that will allow you to isolate the camera from the vibration from your helicopter.

Remember camera's hate vibration. Helicopters vibrate isolate the two, and minimize the effects.

"A camera, an optical device to measure the vibration produced from a given platform."

I hope that this helps.

Thanks, Flyboy

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