The cost of a typical camera drone has plummeted while they have become easier and easier to operate and now offer many automated functions and obstacle avoidance. With “anyone capable of getting great footage”, the question keeps coming up “is it too late to make money with drones?”. [Read more…]
With new cameras taking to the air like the DJI X5 and Yuneec CGO4, the question about “what camera settings are best” keeps coming up. While there are no “best settings”, there are some basic rules to help get your exposure dialed in quickly. One of these that you should know is the Sunny 16 Rule.
Although you may think that no two situations are alike, the fact is, there are a few constants that you can rely on to give you a good starting point. The sun is one of these things you can count on to be consistent. Of course there are things that affect the sun’s output like the time of day, haze, fog, and clouds, but on a bright sunny day the light output is very consistent and knowing the camera settings for this condition will give you a guideline to make adjustments. This is where the “sunny 16” rule comes into play. [Read more…]
“I really wish my footage looked worse” – No one ever said…
Of course we want our footage to look as good as possible but sometimes achieving what we want seems more difficult than it should be. Camera features like “LOG” style promise to give us more latitude when editing, but it can sometimes make getting a good look that much harder. The solution is to use Lookup Tables (LUT). A LUT is essentially a map that says to change one color to another. This allows fast color grading of footage, especially footage saved in LOG format. By finding a LUT that is designed for our camera will give us the best results.
There are two ways to get really good video out of an Inspire 1 or Phantom 2. The “easy” way is to simply use some of the presets such as Vivid or Film. The downside to using the presets is that you are letting someone else decide what your video should look like. The other way is to optimize the video settings so that the video is ready to be edited for contrast, saturation, and color adjustments (in the biz, this is referred to as color grading). What we are going to cover here is the latter as we believe in having as much control over our finished product as possible.