So before we talk about what nd filters are why you need them for your dji mini 2 and which ones i personally like and use the most. I just want to say 90.3 percent of you aren’t subscribed to my channel. So if you’re new around here, please make sure to hit the subscribe button and if you don’t, want to miss any ml or drone related videos, please make sure that notification bells on too. And lastly, if you learned something new in this video, please make sure to hit the like button. So the number one comment i always say on great drone footage on youtube and social media is what fillers did you use for this shot and it’s a question. I see commonly asked, but before we get into what are the, in my opinion, best fillers let’s explain what nd filters are, because some people new to flying new to drone flying might not know what indie fillers are so simply put an andy filter is a partially Opaque piece of glass that cuts down the light getting into the sensor off your camera, the little hole that lets light in. So why would you want to do this? Why would you want to cut down the light getting into your camera? Well, that’s all to do with shutter speed nd filters. Allow you to set the correct shutter speed relative to your frame rate. That gives you motion blur and what’s motion blur. Well, when you see movement in real life, your eyes will see blurriness.
The movement will look. Blurry to you, and that is motion blur, and that is a natural look. So if you have anything moving in your drone shot or if your drone is moving having too high a shutter speed will remove this blur because the shutter speed is really fast it’s. Taking many more images a second and that way the motion blur is removed, and this just makes the movement look too sharp and too unnatural. So do you need nd filters and do you need motion blur? Well, if your drone movement is really slow, whereas your drone is barely moving or the object that you’re filming isn’t, moving or you’re taking photos, then no, you don’t need motion blur because the movement’s so slow or it’s a stellar image, and in that case you don’t Need any filters, because even with images, you can just crank the shutter speed up to whatever you want or you’ve even got a high shutter speed. But your drone’s moving very very slowly. So one over one thousand shutter speed, you’re not going to need any filters because you’re really not going to notice motion blur. But if you are making big movements or you’re following a car, for example, or the object’s moving really quickly, then motion blur will make your shot much better. So let’s dive even further to understand nd filters and their use. We need to understand exposure or how bright and images and when it comes to setting exposure.
There are three sounds in your drone that you can tweak or change to dial in exposure or brightness. You can change shutter, speed, aperture and iso, so starting with aperture and the dj mini 2 aperture is the size of the whole of your sensor that landslide m and the dji mini 2 it’s fixed. So you can’t change it. So we can instantly disregard that as a saying we can tweak iso. What iso does is, it increases the brightness of the image and when it comes to the dj mini 2, which is already producing quite a noisy image, a lot of the time it’s really best to leave iso 100. You can increase it slightly when needed, but i never do. I always leave it. On 100, the dji mini 2 already produces quite sharp, noisy images at times so it’s best to leave iso at 100 and not look near in my opinion, so that discounts that is another setting we can tweak. So that leaves shutter speed and the main way to set exposure in the dji mini 2 is using your shutter speed and, as a general rule of thumb, across all cameras for motion blur. You want a shutter speed at two times your frame rate. So if you’re filming at 24, 25 fps, you want your shutter speed to be one over 50 and if you’re filming at 30 fps, you want your shutter speed to be one over 60.. Now, if you go out on even a slightly bright day – and you set your shutter speed at 1 over 50, because you think hey matthew’s told me to do that – promotion blur i’m going to go out and do it you’re going to say just white.
Your image is going to be completely blown out on a normal bright day, you’re, probably going to need a shutter speed of something like one over one thousandths to get decent exposure, and this is where an andy feller comes in basically putting a pair of sunglasses over Your lens to reduce the light coming into your camera means you can bring the shutter speed down to one over 50 and get that really nice cinematic motion blur. So now that you hopefully understand how nd filters can really benefit you and getting cinematic footage and why you should carry some in your camera bag. Let me tell you about these, and these are not sponsored. I bought these, but my own money. Obviously, at these i find to be the best nd filters for the dji mini 2, and these are the flyku 2 pgy tech nd filters. The link is in the description where you can pick them up on amazon. Now these aren’t the cheapest nd filters that you can get online it’s quite hard to get dji mini 2 filters online there’s, not a huge range, whereas something like the likes of the r2s there’s. Quite a large range you can pick up and even dji is producing their own. They dji doesn’t produce their own for the mini 2, and so you don’t have a huge range to pick from, but these are the ones i found the best and there’s. A few reasons for that the first is the build quality.
Now. The way these lenses attach to the dji mini 2 is is probably the best of a bad scenario. The way they work is they use two little hooks in the back and all dj mini 2 nd filters attach the same way so these aren’t proprietary, but i find them to be better than others. They all use the two prongs to attach, but most i find to be very, very, very flimsy, whereas these don’t feel as flimsy feel a little bit more secure and when you’re moving them on and off all the time you just don’t want to get the impression That they’re going to break they seem much more robust and after taking them off and on hundreds of times i haven’t had any of the prongs break. Yet, and even just the case and round the lens itself is metal and not plastic, so build quality wise. They just feel very sturdy and, like i say when the motion to put them on and off, is that it’s fittery you do want them to feel like they’ve, got a good build quality in these days. The second reason why i like these is: they include all the stops that you need so nd filters come in stops, so you’ll get, for example, an nd8 which is quite a light pair of sunglasses, and it goes all the way up to something like an nd64 Which is quite a dark pair of sunglasses, now, a lot of the filter kits available for the dji mini 2.
Stop an nd32. When really, you need an nd64, which this includes on a bright sunny day, you’re really going to need an nd64 to be able to get that shutter speed down to one over 50.. The last reason, an argument i found one of the most important reasons of these is that they’re oil dust and scratch resistant and the main thing is the oil resistance, the scratch resistance too, because of the way you take these on and off the camera of the Dji mini 2. It is literally impossible to take them on and off and trust me. I try every time without sticking your thumb over the lens it’s just it’s too furry and and to be able to get them on and off you’re you’re. Just your thumb goes. All over the lens – and that leaves oil marks from your thumb and then you have to wipe off and then usually the way i do. This is just i use a microfiber, and so it’s really handy that they’re oil and scratch resistant, because when you’re wiping them all the time because, like i say, you’re, just getting them dirty putting them on off to be able to just give it a quick clean. One microfiber and not get any marks on it is a massive plus and i’ve been wiping mine with a microfiber again hundreds of times and i’m, yet to scratch, one of the lenses and when they’re not cheap, you don’t want to damage them so it’s good that They’Re resistant to things like that, so that’s, what nd filters are for dji mini 2 and that’s.
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