In this video, I'm going to show you one way you can determine which strength ND filter to use when you are shooting video. I always shoot my videos in Manual mode. I also try to keep my aperture between f/3 and f/5.6. This range gives me the sharpest images. I also want to maintain my desired shutter speed and ISO. So my only real option is to use ND filters. I have ND filters that range from 2 stops to 4 stops. I can also stack two of them if I need a darker ND filter because my camera allows me to screw on the filters. An example of ND … [Read more...] about What strength ND filter do I use on my drone when capturing video?
As part of our 2019 Photofocus Writers Retreat, we visited Black Velvet Canyon in Nevada about 30 minutes from where we were staying for a sunrise shoot. This group consisted of many of the amazing and talented people from the Photofocus team. As we arrived, the sky looked like the image below. The fun for me was to see so many talented and skilled photographs shoot the same area. We had gotten there just before the sunrise and so as soon as we parked, people grabbed their gear and headed out. Some headed out alone and others in small groups … [Read more...] about Photoshoot at Black Velvet Canyon with Photofocus
In this article, I'm going to show you the basics of setting up your camera in the DJI Go 4 App to shoot video in Shutter Priority Mode using h.264 in UHD 4k Resolution. While I will be demonstrating on an Inspire 2, it will be very similar on the other DJI drone models. Shutter Priority Mode is a good place to start exploring your video. It locks down the shutter speed which can result in better-looking videos. You can find articles on setting up your drone camera for shooting photographs here: Full Auto, Aperture Priority and Full … [Read more...] about Becoming a Better Drone Videographer: Setting up your DJI Drone camera for video using shutter priority
This is a follow-on article to Becoming a Better Drone Videographer: Setting up your DJI Drone Camera for Video Using Manual Mode and D-Cinelike. This article assumes that you set up your camera based upon that article. In this video, I show you the basics of color correction of video shot in H.264 and D-Cinelike. I will be using Final Cut Pro 10.4 (FCPX). These basics can be applied to any other editing/grading software as well. The video also assumes that you know how to get your video into FCPX and onto the timeline. Its focus is on how … [Read more...] about Becoming a Better Drone Videographer: Color correcting DJI D-Cinelike in FCPX
In this article, I'm going to show you the basics of setting up your camera in DJI Go 4 App to shoot video using Manual mode and D-Cinelike. While I will be using an Inspire 2, this will be very similar to the other model DJI drones. In a future article, I will show you how to color correct them. You will find an article on using Shutter Priority with your videos here. Preparation I would suggest that you do your initial setup on the bench rather than in the field. Set your drone on a work table or bench and remove the propellers. … [Read more...] about Becoming a Better Drone Videographer: Setting up your DJI Drone Camera for Video Using Manual Mode and D-Cinelike
Using a sunshade might seem like extra trouble and hassle, but I find there are definite advantages to using one, especially when they work properly. Check it out the article below and see if one might help you with your drone projects. Why Do I Use a Sunshade? For me, the bottom line is that it helps me see the tablet or smartphone screen more clearly and easily. That translates into better videos and photographs because I can see what is in focus and out of focus and what's in the frame. This clearer view of the screen also lets … [Read more...] about Becoming a Better Drone Pilot: Display Sunshades and the One I Use
In this article, I review the new Brother AirScouter WD-300C Head-mounted Display, that I have been using for the last 3 weeks. In much of my commercial drone work, I am a single operator drone pilot. That means I am having to control the drone and the camera simultaneously. That translate into looking down at my tablet and back up to the drone, so I can fly safely and still get the shot. I am finding that using a headset even helps me do a better job when I am piloting and have a second operator controlling the camera because I can see what … [Read more...] about Becoming a Better Drone Pilot: Brother AirScouter WD-300C Head-mounted Display Review