Specific Settings for Nikon D200 and Close-Range Photogrammetry

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Along with the generic advise given in the Acquire Images for Close-Range Photogrammetry and Custom White Balance for Nikon D200 IR posts, here are some important settings to consider when using the standard or IR modified Nikon D200 cameras:

– Rotate Tall: Set “Rotate Tall” to Off if the images are to be used for photogrammetry or GIS applications

– Image Quality: Use either the “NEF (RAW)” or “NEF (RAW)+JPEG” image quality setting. Capturing RAW images will preserve all image information and give you much more control over editing later

– Image Size: Set to “Large 3872×2592/10.0M”

– Optimize Image: Use these “Custom” settings and adjust as needed:

–Image Sharpening = None
–Tone Compensation = Normal (0)
–Color Mode = III
–Saturation = Normal (0)
–Hue Adjustment = 0
–Make sure you select “Done” after making adjustments to theses settings or they will be lost.

– Color Space: Should be set to “sRGB”

– JPEG Compression: For highest quality set to “Optimal Quality”

– RAW Compression: If memory card space is not an issue, set to “NEF (RAW)” for no compression. Otherwise turning on compression will cut the size of RAW images from 16MB to 9MB

– Intvl Timer Shooting: This setting can be used to take a predetermined number of images with a certain amount of time between each shot. To use this setting, three setting must be set:

1. Start: Two options exist including “Now” (starts taking images right away) or “Start Time” (allows you to set a time (e.g. 13:00, aka 1pm). If using Start Time, make sure the cameras time setting is correct
2. Interval: Sets the amount of time between each interval using hours, minutes, and/or seconds (one second minimum)
3. Select Intvl*Shots: This setting ask you to set 1. the total number of intervals and 2. number of images at each interval. If mounting the camera to the octocopter for example, one could set the Interval to 10 seconds, the total number of intervals to 50, and the number of images at each interval to two. This would result in 100 total images, with two at each of the 50 positions (interval)

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