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What Are the Best Settings for Drone Photography?

December 26th, 2018

Rom in New Jersey asks:

I am seeing a few posts around which Drone is best for real estate photography but I have not seen yet any posts around the best settings for the camera for stills and videos.

I bought a DJI Phantom 4 pro V2, passed the part 107 and still need to register it. I played with the drone in my backyard a few times. Very easy to activate and easy enough to do basic flying. It comes with a lot of settings for pictures and videos.

I am looking for a post that goes over the best settings for real estate photography. Are you aware of anything out there?

I’ve found two sources that go over the setting for a DJI Phantom 4 pro:

  1. The video above by Billy Kyle.
  2. An article on Fstoppers by Jerome Courtial from over a year ago.

I doubt there is anything unique required for real estate. Does anyone else have any advice for Rom?

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3 Responses to “What Are the Best Settings for Drone Photography?”

  • Shoot RAW, and shoot d-Log.

    With d-log, you could try a preset, but really all you have to do is apply an adjustment layer over the top of your dji footage, and add a Lumetri effect. First add saturation until that looks normal, and then adjust for contrast. You might end up backing off the saturation a tiny bit afterwards. But that’s really all you have to do to edit d-log. Yeah, you have the option to make it way more complicated, but it can be kept very simple.

    As far as shooting goes, at the beginning it’s probably best to just let the camera do its thing, and then see if you even need to set exposure. A lot of times you don’t. Possibly for shooting into back lighting, into the sun.

  • If you are new to this I would recommend taking Grant Jonston’s tutorials. He covers stills and video. There are certain settting that do work best for real estate. He is a master and as far as I know does not use the Log approach but uses Cine. But his course is worth the price to get you started on the right direction from the start.

  • Thanks Peter, I think Grant is only working with Apple? I think the last time I checked he was only post processing with the Apple video post processing software.

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