Where we talk about video and photography. I am a real estate agent here in Northeast Wisconsin, but the majority of what I do is Market real estate, and that is through drone and video and obviously photography as well, and so today we are going to be talking about. Do you fly your drone in the rain? Is it safe? Should you do it? Well, I gave you my short answer and my long answer was that pretty funny or was that just like a dad joke could have been a dad joke. I thought it was funny. So the reason this topic comes up a lot for me is because I live in Northeast Wisconsin and our spring summer fall winter is totally unpredictable. I dont know where you live. Leave a comment below tell me about your weather, because Im curious. Is it as crazy as our weather, so we had snow a couple weeks ago. We have a lot of rain today and yet the show must go on when it comes to marketing real estate, and so I am at this lake property and it is raining pretty hard. I dont want to say pouring because Ive seen pouring this was not quite pouring, but it was a heavy rainfall and I needed to get the shots Im going to explain why I shoot in the rain when I have to shoot in the rain and then Im Going to bring you right to the computer, showing you the photos and the video and how I end up editing these footages to make them still look good for marketing.
If you do real estate photography or any kind of architectural photography, you know that your schedule is pretty crazy busy, especially in the real estate end. This is the springtime I shot. 30 houses. The other week I shot 23 last week and Im on set for about 25 ish this week, but probably more because people keep calling me so to keep to the schedule I cant cancel when the weather is bad. I actually just have to make it look good and Photoshop and Lightroom are pretty amazing and with DaVinci Resolve you can make anything, look pretty awesome now. The big question is: is it safe to fly it in the rain for your drone for yourself? Well, that ones hard to answer, because you have to know what your risk tolerance is for me. I have a high risk tolerance because I have a big return on investment when it comes to flying drones. So for me it is absolutely worth it have. I ever crashed a drone in the rain. No, have I ever ruined a drone in the rain, no, not saying that it couldnt happen. Ive had a pouring rain on a drone Ive had it snow and wet snow on a drone and Ive never had issues flying it in either of those situations. So should you do it well thats completely up to you, and I hope that I can kind of give you a better idea if it is worth it for you, so a couple pointers.
Are you getting paid pretty decent? Do you have a backup drone? Are you able to get a drone if you crash this drone or it malfunctions now, I did do a video about the Best, Buy total Tech and crashing my drone and how crashing my two thousand dollar plus drone cost me a hundred dollars to replace, because I Have the total Tech with Best Buy check out that video, because it might give you more Assurance to take these kind of risks because well for a hundred dollars Im willing to crash it for the right job? Besides the possibility of ruining your drone and crashing your drone, which is also ruining your drone, is the image quality going to be affected with that is the video is the photo? Is it going to get smudged on the lens now for me, if the rain comes straight down its usually pretty decent and I can usually go slow with my movement, and that goes straight forward really quick and that way its not splashing against the lens. The nice thing with the DJI mavic, 3 and Im sure the mavic 3 Pro is just the same. It pretty much deflects rain and water pretty quickly off of the lens. So then, even if a smudge hits it, it seems to come off. Plus youve got the props moving around and it seems to get air dried, pretty quick, even under heavy rain. Now, when it comes to photos, you can Photoshop anything and give itself Blue Sky.
It is hard to get rid of some of the rain spots in there, but its totally possible and doable, which is the same as possible. Now when it comes to video. Well, you cant avoid it. Youre gon na see the rain in it, but make that work. For you, theres not a lot of real estate, videos or business videos out there that have rain in it, and I think it gives that Unique. Look to it and to the property and use that to your advantage. So lets pop in Im going to show you a few of the photos, how I edit those and then Im going to bring you into DaVinci Resolve where I edit the video footage and that look as well. So all these shots today were in the rain. Here are some ripples in the water. You can see that there, so it was raining pretty darn heavy on this drone, but the footage still looks good theres no smudges on the lens, as I flew around um and lets just go to another one. This one was edited just a tad here, just to kind of show you the contrast of everything, and it was Im gon na, say it. It was pretty close to pouring rain, it was raining very heavy and it doesnt look too bad. You can see theres some fog in the distance, but you can Photoshop and put some nice blue sky back here and if we go over here you can see the fog right there and the rain.
Now this was an ISO of 400. So, on a micro four thirds like the mavic 2, is that 400 is kind of like an ISO of 800 theres, a tiny bit of noise in the shadows there, but thats something you can clean up pretty good. If you go right here now, you are seeing right there, some raindrops coming right through and streaking its, not that noticeable. It can be cleaned up in post, and this was a little bit edited lets just reset it. So this is how dark it was again. Iso 400 – maybe I should have done 800. lets go look at another one here here. You can see all the raindrops coming down um. It was raining pretty heavy. The cool thing about this shot here is: I have a similar shot of this with video, so you could clean this up a little bit, give it a little bit of contrast, not bad for the raw footage right out of camera. So, to give you an idea, I did color correct this video here. The original looks like this, and there is the log coverage of it all edited so lets just play that and you can see the rain coming down right in the dark spots. So not hiding it. You can see big clumps coming close to the lens and then stuff far away, so it gives you that kind of a three dimensional view with the video you can see depth when it comes to the rain, and I really do love working with that lets grab Another piece of footage in there as well so weve got the shot right here, good enough for now.
This is the before after and lets play this footage right here, and so you can see the rain coming down right into the water plays out nice. You got the birds flying through, so the cool thing is Im moving forward. The rain is pretty much coming straight down and youre, not getting smudges at all on the lens anything that does fall onto it comes off pretty good. Let me see if I can grab a shot that is further up in the air that does grab some water, all right, heres another shot as well and Im kind of looking to see if anything hit the lens, because the wind was blowing in the direction opposite Of what I was heading towards, it was coming towards the Drone and really youre not seeing anything plaster against you once in a while. I do see something not in this shot and then it disappears. Pretty quick, so smudges do go away quick! Oh there! It is theres a big smudge um that smudge now I dont have more footage um. I flew quite a bit after that, so you can see when that smudge came on, that smudge disappeared, pretty quick, so I didnt film any more on this, but if I would have you would have seen this start to dissolve and go away all right check out This shot right here so heres the before heres, the after I color corrected it now, just like the photo from Lightroom, you can see the streaks there so watch the video this gives such a nice natural look.
So when I add this into the video and do a little bit of editing and cutting its going to look pretty darn good, I love the rain, and this gives you a better idea of how how much rain was coming down. On top of the Drone um. Its its not a little its a lot, but the shots that you get are still pretty clean and in the distance youre not seeing that rain come down as hard and its not as obvious. But when you are against something with dark contrast. Youre, obviously going to see that rain come down, but it gives that nice dramatic. Look now another thing I am flying from inside my car. I have a nice moon roof, so I open that up. I can see my drone up above through the windshield, and that way the rain is not hitting onto my remote and Im able to really focus on that image and everything, but be aware it can be windy during these little storms or this rainfall, and you just Want to make sure that youre in a safe area with it, have you flown in the rain? Are you willing to fly in the rain? Do you want to take that kind of risk and do you have total Tech with Best Buy Im, not sponsored by Best Buy, but when it comes to these expensive drones, I am willing to buy my drone there and keep that total Tech membership because well you Never know when youre going to crash a drone and replace it for only a hundred dollars, and this would be a good example.
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