Drone Photo Tips

Secret Spot-Meter in the DJIGo4 App – Aerial Photography Article

Compared to the Phantom 1 days, we drone operators now have so many tools to work with! Serious aerial photographers are especially excited to have two small drones now that allow complete control over the three variables of the exposure triangle. Both of these drone cameras also have a relatively large 1” camera sensor. These drones are the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, and the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. Despite the drones being listed as consumer-level, a photographer with experience can certainly…

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Flying Your Drone from a Boat – Aerial Photography Article

Drone photographs captured over water are filled with drama and never-before-seen views of the planet around us. We see marine life, shoreline, and the spectacle of contrasting elements.  Flying a drone from a boat is especially challenging and requires a great deal of care and pre-consideration if you don’t want to say goodbye to your DJI investment.Coordination between crew-members is vital when flying from an ocean vessel where swells and currents may not be obvious.We have flown from boats and…

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DJI Drone Photography – Blur vs. Focus – Aerial Photography Article

DJI has created an entirely new sector of working photographers. These are aerial drone photographers, many of whom are trying to raise their skill level with a yearning to earn a few dollars or establish a new career.  The DJI Phantom, Mavic, and Inspire lineup of drones has made aerial camera placement and operation an uncomplicated process. What is not so simple yet is the basic understanding of photography.  Some of the fundamentals, like types of blur & focus, are…

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Image Size 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 for Drone Photography? – Aerial Photography Article

Image size 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 – there is plenty of uncertainty around this particular camera menu setting in the DJIGo4 app. What do all those numbers mean, and which is our wise option? The app menu name image size may be misleading in itself, as it might be assumed by the drone operator that the larger numbers mean a larger image size. This is not the case. For instance, 16:9 is the smallest file size recorded of the options below.In…

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Fixing the Flat Light of a Midday Drone Photo – Aerial Photography Article

While driving across North America in the pickup truck full of drones, my partner Stacy Garlington and I remind ourselves that the journey is more important than the destination. We drive from city to city not to not simply to waste fuel, but to share our passion for drone photography with others. On the road, we use Google Maps to filter out the interstate highways. This forces us to travel the country roads and Main Streets of yesteryear. Creating drone…

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Polarizer Filters for DJI Drone Photography? Maybe Not. – Aerial Photography Article

    Filters on drones – this is a hot topic in the drone forums, and often clouded with misinformation. The use and effects of filters should be understood before adding additional glass to the front of your lens. In drone photography, we have a slightly different set of challenges than tripod-based photographers when it comes to filters.During the film and chemical days, we used a variety of filters in front of our lens, behind the lens, in front of our studio…

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Drone Photography: Some Like it RAW – Aerial Photography Article

With our aerial DJI drone cameras, we all have the choice to capture either JPEG or RAW photograph files. Each format serves its own purpose, but there are vast differences. A realtor, home inspector or hobby pilot may prefer JPEG files to save time and end up with a tidy, smart looking image straight out of the camera. My choice is to shoot RAW because I intend to spend time processing every selected image. In my opinion, it is crucial…

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