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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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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Mavic 2 Pro Video Settings – Demystified (Part 2) – Aerial Photography Article

This is part two of a three-part blog about video settings on the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, with the integrated Hasselblad camera. A quick look back at part one will refresh your memory. In that blog, we discussed the options for video formats, codecs, and containers; things often overlooked or misunderstood by amateur videographers. The conclusion was this: you do not have to use the highest resolution, the fastest frame rate, or the new H.265 (HVEC) codec. In fact, unless…

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Mavic 2 Pro Video Settings – Demystified! – Aerial Photography Article

Part One of Three in this Series.At first glance, this may be the most boring blog post ever. Or, it might be the most important if you are fumbling over your video settings.Drone video settings and how they work is still the subject of much confusion in the DJI community.  I am no expert with video so I decided to re-educate myself starting at ground zero, and share some discoveries with you. With our DJI drones, we use the same…

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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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