5 Camera Drone Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

for Novice Drone Pilots and Drone Photographers

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Five Easy Camera Drone Mistakes & How to Avoid Making Them

When you’ve just bought your first camera drone it can be difficult to instantly get the perfect picture.

With so many camera settings and other things going on with your brand-new drone, it’s easy to get confused and make mistakes.

Well don’t worry, it happens to everyone and it may just be down to your settings!

Here are five of the most common mistakes that are very easy to make when you’re first starting out with your aerial photography – and how to sort them.


Focus

Do you find yourself constantly getting blurred images or is your camera struggling to focus? Well, this can quite easily happen when Manual Focus (MF) mode is selected. To help you sort your blurry image issue, try switching to Auto-Focus mode, which will allow you to tap focus.

It’s important to keep in mind that when it’s dark, the autofocus doesn’t really work. You can switch to MF and activate Focus Peaking to assist you in getting accurate focus.

Focus

Auto-focus setting in DJI Go 4 App. Image source: DJI

ISO

A high ISO allows you to shoot at fast shutter-speeds or in low-light environments but unfortunately this means it is likely to increase white noise as well.

During daylight, a high ISO usually results in an overly-bright image so check if you’ve set the ISO too high to help sort this.

ISO

Overview of ISO. Image source: DJI

Exposure Mode

Ever noticed that your photos appear in plain black or white? Well, if so, then you may need to check the exposure mode.

In this mode, you can choose between AUTO and M(manual) mode. It’s very easy for your images to become overexposed or underexposed when in manual.

Many photographers tend to use manual and a slow shutter-speed for night photography but if forgotten about – a solid white picture is likely to appear when shooting in daytime lighting conditions.

To avoid this, make sure that your auto exposure mode is on at all times and only switch to manual when absolutely necessary.

Over-Exposure

Example of over-exposure. Image source: DJI

White Balance

Image colouring looking a little off? Don’t worry it’s again another very common issue and may be down to the White Balance.

When your pictures seem discoloured you’ll need to re-adjust the White Balance. Different light sources have certain colour ‘temperatures’ which the camera can’t adjust automatically to.

You’ll need to modify the colour tone of the image manually, adding warm tones in cool light condition and cool tones in warm light conditions in order to make the picture closer to what we observe with the naked eye.

The best way to do this is through the Auto White Balance feature.

White Balance

Example of blue tones in left image and correct level of white balance in right image. Image source: DJI

Format

Image quality can sometimes be reduced after post-processing – and this may be down to the image format you have chosen.

Several drones offer three different photo format options: JPEG, RAW and JPEG+RAW.

If you’re planning on editing the photo after you have taken it, the recommended format is usually RAW as it maintains much more information and detail than JPEG; so, when you edit the photo it won’t lower its standard.

Formats - JPEG vs RAW

Example of JPEG vs RAW image format. Image source: DJI

Now we’ve covered those basics, you can feel confident to get out there and capture some incredible aerial footage – happy flying!

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