The following blog post is a guest piece from Chris Anderson, the creator of the site The Drone Trainer.
Modern drones often come with the possibility to capture mind-boggling images at several different exposures, and create stunning HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. But with that comes an onslaught of HDR photos that are far overdone — and basically burn your eyes.
Here’s your guide on how to create natural looking HDR photos with your drone, using AEB (Automatic Exposure Bracketing).
What is AEB?
When shooting in AEB mode, your drone’s camera will automatically take three or five shots, each at a different exposure level. On their own, these individual photos are going to be under- and over-exposed. That’s okay though; once you merge them together, you’re going to have a thing of beauty!
Let’s work through this AEB example:
These photos were captured by setting my DJI Phantom 4 Pro to shoot in AEB 5 mode. To adjust this, simply go into your camera settings (right side of your screen below the shutter button), and in photo mode select AEB. You’ll be able to choose 3 or 5 once in AEB mode, depending on the scene that you’re looking to shoot. I find that for scenes that are well lit, AEB 5 works well as all 5 of the photos will capture sharp detail. Continue reading How AEB can help your drone photography→
Want to win your very own DJI Mavic Pro? Enter and win DJI’s photography contest, launched in partnership with National Geographic.
The contest is open between now and Oct. 31, 2017 and is being conducted via Instagram. To enter, upload your image to Instagram with the hashtag #MyMavicContest and #NatGeoTravel. National Geographic photo editors will shortlist and select the top 5 entries at the end of the contest.
Need some inspiration on how to take the winning shot? Dronestagram hosts its own drone photo contest in partnership with National Geographic, and here were the winners from this year.
Don’t have a drone to take pictures with? The deal gets sweeter. DJI and National Geographic have also partnered up to offer a free drone rental program. Successful applicants will be given a DJI Mavic Pro, which they are free to use for two weeks. Learn more about that program here.
A total solar eclipse crossed the United States on Monday, bringing people outside in full force to watch the historic event.
Also out in full force? The drones.
Many drone pilots put their drones in the skies to document the first total solar eclipse to cross the nation since 1918, which carved a “path of totality” from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.
Dronestagram just announced the winners of its fourth annual drone photo contest in partnership with National Geographic, and the images are more stunning than ever.
There were three photo categories: nature, urban and people, and the contest received thousands of entries from professional and amateur photographers around the world. The contest also announced a bonus round of winners in what they dubbed the “creative category.”
SkyPixel, a drone photo-sharing community operated in partnership with DJI, has announced the winners of its latest drone photography contest. The contest drew in more than 27,000 entries from 131 countries.
Ge Zheng won the 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year with this photo titled, “Fishermen close the net,” which was shot in Fujian Province in China. Here’s that image:
The winning photos were selected by a jury of photographers, including photojournalists from Time and Conde Nast Traveler.
The best drone photos out there just keep getting better and better.
Drone photography site Dronestagr.am announced the winners of its third annual International Drone Photography Contest.
Thousands of entries were submitted from everywhere in the world by both amateur and professional photographers.
The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts including National Geographic Deputy Director Patrick Witty as well as Emanuela Ascoli, Photo editor of National Geographic France and Dronestagram.
It’s crazy to see how much more intense the competition has gotten over the past few years. I love the shot “Moab Rock Climbing” by Maxseigal; I’m a rock climber myself and no how hard it is to master rock climbing photography, so it’s even more of a feat to do it with a drone.
Here are all the winners, and their winning drone photos:
Best Drone Travel Photography
1st Prize Winner – Category Travel: Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy by fcattuto