Topics: FPV, New Release, drone photography, gimbal, DJI Air 2S, travel drones, mini drones, Insta360, 360° action camera
Neutral Density filters, commonly known as ND filters, are great accessories that can help creators capture incredible aerial photography and videography, regardless of weather or lighting conditions.
Some of the most popular ND filters on the market have been developed by DJI for their Mavic series drone and professional-grade cinematography gimbals, like the Ronin 4D. Let’s take a look at what ND filters are, and how they can elevate even the most basic drone photography into professional imagery.
As the name would describe, ND filters are lenses that can be attached to the front of the camera lens of a drone or camera. They reduce the amount of light that enters the camera, changing the exposure of the final image. This works exceptionally well when trying to highlight movement in an image, which is great for outdoor and dynamic photography. Keep in mind that overexposure, even when working with ND filters, is linked to the proper use of the ideal shutter speed, ISO, and aperture for your shots. For example, you can combine an ND filter and a fast shutter speed to capture a more natural motion blur, allowing you to take more dynamic footage of moving objects. On the contrary, a lower shutter speed will enhance a blur effect; if you combine an ND Filter and a slow shutter speed, you may end up with a very blurry photo.
While ND filters may be easy to attach to the camera lens, the user must know how to properly use them and have a basic understanding of the triangle of exposure. ND filters affect the shutter speed and the amount of light that enters through the camera lens—if you don’t know how to use them properly, your images can become messy. Since an ND filter is just that –a filter– you will need to consider how long you need to allow the right amount of light to filter into the camera; meaning that the darker your filter, the longer you will need to have your shutter open to allow in the right amount of light. ND filters also allow you to have a larger aperture, supporting brighter light filtration without overexposing the image—this results in sharp, focused images. When used properly, ND filters will allow you to enhance aerial imagery, but if used incorrectly, your results will be blurry, dark, or underexposed images from improper light penetration.
Topics: Mavic 3, DJI FPV, DJI Mavic 3, drone photography, DJI Mavic Series Drones, DJI Ronin 4D, DJI Air 2S
The world moves a little slower, the heat waves have us dreaming of paradise, and you can set off, if only for a moment, from your cold office and find yourself cruising, camping—flying, on to your next adventure.
Film your summertime rendezvous and take a piece of paradise home with you in HD. From San Andres, Colombia to the Bolivian Salt Flats, or to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, capture your summer like never before.
Discover Lake Atitlan in Guatemala with the Mini 3 Pro
Topics: DJI Action 2 Camera, Mavic 3, DJI Mini SE, DJI Mavic 3, DJI OM 5, drone photography, DJI Air 2S
DJI released a new firmware update for their Mavic 3 drone model—this one is a pretty big deal, as it seems like users will finally be able to use all of the amazing features of the Mavic 3 in its entirety.
Topics: SMART CONTROLLER, New Release, Mavic 3, DJI Mavic 3, DJI OM 5, drone photography, DJI Mavic Series Drones, Firmware Update
As a first-time flyer, there is nothing more exciting than unboxing your brand new drone, regardless of what model it might be. We know how it feels to want to immediately start flying your drone, but there are a few critical mistakes we see first-time flyers make. Our experts put together a quick list of mistakes (and their consequences) to avoid when flying your first drone.
Mistake #1: Not Registering Drones over .55lbs (250 g) with the FAA
Topics: MAVIC AIR 2, SMART CONTROLLER, DJI Mini SE, drone photography, DJI Mini 3 Pro, Drone Pilot, FAA
When you first hear of drones, your mind might turn to the drone building kits for children, conveniently found on Amazon or at toy stores. Or, you might think of drones you’ve seen in a sci-fi movie. Either way, there’s a simple reason the public is becoming obsessed with UAVs: drones are fascinating technology.
Topics: FPV, DJI FPV, drone photography, FPV Goggles
Created to revolutionize filmmaking, the Ronin 4D Cinema Camera is a hybrid system unlike any other. It has an integrated gimbal and modular design to offer a comprehensive and flexible cinematography solution for solo cinematographers.
Topics: drone photography, DJI Ronin 4D, gimbal
Drone wedding photography and videography are rising in popularity, with many couples opting to have dynamic, aerial shots and footage of their special day.
As the popularity of drone photography increases, you may want to consider applying your drone skills to establish a side hustle—who knows? You may even start a full-blown business.
Drone Nerds has compiled a list of tips and useful information to get you started on your drone photography journey.
Topics: MAVIC AIR 2, MAVIC MINI, Mavic 3, DJI FPV, DJI Mavic 3, drone photography, DJI Mavic Series Drones, FPV Goggles
Flying on a drone almost anywhere, whether it is in your backyard or at the beach, is fun and enjoyable. Now imagine the feeling of an adrenaline rush while speeding down the picturesque coast of Rhode Island or soaring over active volcanoes in Alaska, all in a first-person view.
Topics: MAVIC MINI, DJI FPV, drone photography, DJI Mavic Series Drones, FPV Goggles