If you haven’t seen my previous video on getting better photography with the mini 2, make sure to check that out, i’ll put the link it just up above, but let’s get started with the first tip. So before i even take my drone off the best tip i can give you is to shoot in the best light possible so in the morning and the evening, we’ve got golden hour, and that is the best time to shoot. It’S when the sun is super low. You get super long shadows, it’s a super soft light and also it gives a nice golden glow to everything, and it just looks absolutely amazing if you take a picture at say 12 o’clock in the afternoon and then come back later on at golden hour. Je te promets, it will look better also just coming earlier to things in general, you tend to see a lot of mist and the sun comes through it and you get these really cool rays as well. Just try and pay attention to when you’re taking your pictures like i’m, not saying you can’t get good, looking pictures, you know after golden hour or before golden hour, if you’re looking for an image, what really stands out and really pops shooting in golden hour will definitely Definitely help you out now before i even take off i’ll show you tip number two. I promise i will take off at some point. So tip number two is to use your histogram and your zebras.
You can turn your histogram on, which is this grid here, and your zebras, which you see on the sun there just by pressing oops, just by pressing this little menu up here going over to camera, and then you can turn on histogram and overexposure warning. If you turn that off, you can see the sun and that’s a histogram, donc c’est, what the histogram does is anything to the left is underexposed and anything to the right of the graph it’s overexposed. So you can see here, i’m massively underexposed, now that’s, because i’ve got an nd 64 on the drone which we’ll come to in a second it’s, the first time today, i’ve ever even put it on, but what we can do is we can start messing around with These settings to bring that exposure up so there we go as you can see now, but my histogram’s changed and that’s looking quite nicely exposed. So we’ve got data at the left and the right we’ve got a spike at the left, because the water is quite dark and we’ve got a spike of the right, because the sky’s quite bright so in scenes like this i’d, definitely be recommending to shoot in automatic Exposure bracketing mode or hdr mode again check out my last video, where i go over that in quite a lot of detail, and i also show you how to edit them image images together in adobe lightroom, but the idea is to get like a nice balanced exposure.
I do tend to expose more to the ride, because i know i can bring the shadows up a little bit more and but that’s just something for you guys to ever play around with and i mess with just making sure i’m still recording um. And you get your zebras, so your zebras just tell you anything, what’s overexposed so obviously i’m pointing the camera for sun here and it’s overexposed, which is to be, is to be expected. Um now it’s quite difficult. Like i’m saying we’re working with scenes like this, where it’s really really dark with the water and the sky is really bright, so you would be looking at either fixing it with an automatic exposure bracket, a hdr image or just fixing it in post and hoping what You’Ve got enough data to play with which obviously shooting raw will definitely help out with so that’s tip. Number two tip number three is to use the pro settings down here now so that’s, a new update. You never used to have all your settings here. This handily available now, if you’re in auto mode, you can tell that with a little camera down here and you won’t actually see um the settings. But if you just tap auto it’ll put it into pro mode and then you can change all of these settings. So you can change the raw and jpeg mode, the shutter speed for iso and the white balance now white balance isn’t that important when you’re shooting raw, because you can change it in post, but it’s always nice to get in the habit of setting it manually, especially If you shoot video as well, because if you forget to change for video you’re going to struggle fixing that in post so i’m just going to change mine, so we’re looking at about 53, which is looking quite nice um now the reason i’ve got the nd64 on Is because i want to talk about shutter speed for a sec, so in my last video i mentioned quite in detail about shooting at a high shutter speed with a drone and that’s, not something that you always have to do really it’s, pas c’est.
You cannot. You can also use it as a very creative choice. Alors, whilst we’re at the waterfall here today, we’re going to send the drone up and we can we’ll get a um a nice long, exposure of the waterfall so i’ll do that now am going to send it off from my hands, because the ground is really not Very flat here take off the home. Port has been updated. Please check it on the map, so the reason i’ve got an nd64 on is because i want to capture time. So that means i need to have my shutter hub open for a bit longer now. It’S super bright today, so even the nd 64 is struggling, lequel, as i was saying earlier, on i’ve never i’ve, never even used an nd64 before um, never mind struggled with using one, so it just shows how bright it actually is today. But this is just to show you what kind of things you can look, how nice that’s. Looking now earlier on with intro footage, i got this was so misty. It was just looking absolutely stunning, so this is also going to bring me into another point as well. Let’S just try and get a nice composition. I want to get quite low for this because i want to see the water move. I thought i was a swan but nope, so maybe something about there now, comme vous pouvez le voir ici, i am overexposed. I’Ve got zebras and i’m quite far to the right on with that spike, so let’s just knock the iso all the way down now, C'est, obviously going to make it really dark.
So we need to compensate with the shutter speed. bien, C'est, bien, because now we can knock it to let’s, try and go slow as possible i’m going to use it about 112 and actually let’s go one more one. Tenth of a second now, ideally for capturing motion i’d, want to be a lot lot slower, but it’s just so bright, but i can’t limit the light anymore. I don’t actually have a one two, eight um nd filter i’ll, just take this picture. Ouais, obviously i’m overexposed. But i’m, just trying to show you about capturing emotion like i was saying this is this is one of the problems with the drones is because they’ve got a fixed, ouverture, so it’s fixed at 2.8, so it’s not all drones, but it’s a cheaper jones, and so You can’t actually close, Comme toi, can’t, actually limit the amount of light going into the camera, which is a bit of a shame really because, like for situations like this, where you do want to do that, it can be quite difficult, so that’s why nd filters are Really useful, when you’re shooting with the drone nd filters are essential when you’re shooting video, so the shutter speed should be double your frame rate, as i mentioned in the previous video, but even for photography like you, don’t need them for photography because you can get like Nice, sharp images just experimenting with nd and time and long exposures that’ll definitely set you out from a crowd too.
So definitely something i’d recommend looking into as well. So next on the list we’re going to look at capturing a wider image now this is really useful because you can crop in in post later on and you can also make 360 little planets. So if you click on the picture, if you click on the mode at the top and go down to pano, you’ve got sphere so sphere will take a 360 image and i think that ends up at like 178 megapixel image, and with that you can probably get Probably about nine or ten separate images, all for your instagram from one image and just by cropping it differently, and you can also do a nice panoramic swipe on instagram. So people can swipe through the 360 image and that’s always great for engagement and it’s. Something quite different as well, which also kind of makes you stand out from the crowd, so um threes are quite useful. I’M not going to take it now, because it takes quite a while to actually process and also wide angle is quite good as well. So what this does is, like i said it just takes, i think nine images at different angles and stitches them together. So you’ve got a super wide image which then you can kind of choose your crop later on in post, so that’s super useful as well. c'est. All this is about having as much data to play with in pulse as possible, so shooting raw definitely helps with that.
Shooting wider definitely helps with that, and you know just getting as many settings right on location as possible also helps her out as well, so that’s tip, number four and tip number five is i’m going to use some of the video example that i shot the start For this, but tip number five is try and experiment with different heights and compositions one two one thing you tend to see when people get drawn is they send it really really high up and they get a top down shot, which looks great it’s quite unique, but A drone can get anywhere like so just for example, for this waterfall here you’ll have people taking pictures from the bank over there they’re pictures people taking pictures from the bridge over there. There are people taking pictures from the actual waterfall up there, but you see them all the time. Il y a, nothing new there with a drone. You can get it really low down just above the water looking up of a waterfall or you can have it. You know just off to the side just because you’ve got the drone, doesn’t mean you just have to go to the highest point possible, so just try and think about different compositions at different heights and again that’ll just really set your image apart as well. Donc, c’est, Tu sais, just always be thinking what’s different, what’s different. What has no one else done before like i know people have. Other people have done this shot before, but it’s it’s a much more unique shot than all the other ones.
Vous voyez. So definitely something to bear in mind there, but yeah i’m going to bring my drone back whoa it’s a bit low. Here it comes oh, so as a quick recap, we’ve had a look at setting your histogram and zebras just so. You can kind of control. Your exposure, a little bit more we’ve, had a look at actually creatively setting your shutter speed as well, because the same, comme 90 of images you see taken with a drone, are just normal images with a normal shutter speed and it’s. Very rare. You see one with a a longer shutter speed, a longer exposure, so that’s something worth checking out, but you will need an nd filter, especially when shooting on days as bright. As this i mean i mean i’m super surprised that the nd64 did nothing um. That just shows how bright it is today, we’ve had to look at kind of looking at different compositions as well and setting different heights with your drone. The top down view always looks great, but try and find different angles. Try and find a bit of foreground just something that makes it really stand out. We had to look at shooting a little bit wider, so you can crop in post and also make panoramas for your instagram, which people do like to see. That’S always quite handy. We had a look at shooting in the best possible light, so ideally golden hour or blue hour and you’ll get a really really nice soft light.
A nice orange glow super long shadows and if you come out early in the morning, you’ll get a bit of mist which really really sells your video and images and, along with the exposure, we also had a look with the new pro mode, with a new update With the dji mini 2., i hope you learned something new in this video. If you’ve not seen my previous video that’s a great place to start and there’s more there’s, five more tips there and there that’s like a great start to this video and then this one kind of continues on back quite nicely. Alors, if you’ve not seen that make sure to check that out, but if you did learn something new or find the video enjoyable, please leave a comment. Leave a like and even subscribe to my channel that’d be amazing. Je vous remercie, but i’ll see you guys in the next video cheers.