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DJI Mavic Drone - learn how to create stunning Aerial Photos & Video

Greg Hung, Travel Videographer

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14 Lessons (1h 20m)
    • 1. DJI Mavic online course promo

    • 2. DJI Mavic quick setup

    • 3. DJI Mavic basic controls

    • 4. Updating mavic

    • 5. DJI Go 4 Essential App Tour

    • 6. DJi Mavic Safety and crowds

    • 7. Mavic intelligent modes white

    • 8. Dji mavic gesture mode

    • 9. Editing aerial photos best tips

    • 10. Workflow aerial photos

    • 11. DJI Mavic CINEMATIC settings for DJI Mavic

    • 12. Mavic summary

    • 13. Sample Aerial Video with Mavic

    • 14. Taiwan aerial 2018b


About This Class

DJI Mavic is the smallest most powerful drone from DJI in this class students will get a chance to learn the fundamentals from a seasoned Aerial videographer (moi). I've been flying since Phantom 1 in 2013 and now here are in 2017. I cover a deep dive into the app, updating, and some of the smart flying modes in this course. I will also introduce you to a business model that will allow you monetize the footage you make with the dji mavic.


1. DJI Mavic online course promo: Hi. My name is Greg Hung. I'm a Canadian trouble videographer. I've been flying since 2013 with that someone and have been flying Fats and three pro for a while now. Dej, I'm Arabic. This course is for first time. Flyers also found some drone flyers that may be transitioning to deejay Maverick. As a travel videographer, I flown all around the world from South Africa to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Canada. I've done commercial work in multiple countries. I'm gonna bring that all into this course. This course is not just about the basics, but of course, we're going to cover the basics to help you get the most out of this drone. I'm also going to introduce you to a business model that you can use to start selling your aerial footage online for a possible income if you're interested. So we've got a lot to cover. Let's get started. I hope to see you in the course 2. DJI Mavic quick setup: Hey, guys. Is Greg Hung here? In this video, we're gonna cover basic set up for D. J Maverick. These are some of the simple steps you need to get set up to fly. So first off, we need the remote control course I need DJ Maverick. And if you plan to film, you're gonna need the mini SD card. Assuming that it's not in the Monica ready, you're also gonna need a charge battery, And to check that you can just press down on the Maverick. You also want to check the charge on your remote control. So just press the power button over there. I can see I got 90%. You're gonna need a mobile device to fly the maverick with unless you want to fly with WiFi , which I don't recommend, and you're gonna need a cable. This cable is not included with the deejay maverick. I find the cables that are included are a bit too short to begin. I would fold off the side wings. Let's be careful. These propellers are a bit sharp, and then you can do the bottom wings. Just make sure the propellers and on the way, an easy way to remember which first are the ones of the legs, so you bring the ones of the legs off to the side. First, open those up and then the legs on the bottom, and then you'll see there's a tab over here. This is where you can put the memory card, so we will quickly pop that in and a good idea. Just double check that it's on R C for remote control. I do have a video on connecting through WiFi. If you're interested in that, next time you want to do is to make sure we've got this cover off. So this protects the gimbal and then very gently pull off the gimbal cover. All right, I'll just quickly fold it up, so do the bottom legs and then fold in the legs with the landing links. So just a quick tutorial on how to put the gimbal cover back on, because that could be a bit tricky. All right, so to put the gimbal cover back on, it's easy. If it's lying flat like this and then you'll see on the cover. There's a notch over there, so just try to line it up and you couldn't even hold the gimble while you do not to make it easier. And then this cover look for the two tabs that's on the bottom. So put that in and then snapping into place. All right, so this is very important to protect the gimbal, so do not throw these away. So if you're out in the field, I'm assuming you've already got your battery in. But if you don't let's just quickly cover that. So there two clips on each side here so you can just pull out the battery like that to put it back in. Just pop it in like that. Now the remote lift up the antennas open up the groups here, and what I like to do is look for the side of the phone and look for the input. So I like to have it on the left is my personal preference, and then what I'll do is I'll connect the USB and then all connected to the side, so this is a little bit tricky. Sometimes you may even need to take the the cover off. So this is poor design on Dijon Mavericks part. I'm actually having trouble this cable. It's a bit the care. So just take my phone cover off and I've flown with an iPad mini to and the phone I'm using here is the Sousse android. I enjoy flying with the iPad Mini to better. It's got a larger screen and actually is easier. Teoh put in the cable. All right. Once you have your cable in, what you can do is turn on the remote by pressing the power twice. Okay, When you turn on the Maverick, make sure you've got enough clearance room and it nothing is in the way of the camera gimbal. It's gonna move a little bit. So press the power button twice. All right, so now you can open up the DJ. I go up. So now you can go to your phone. And if you haven't already download the DJ, I go for app, not the DJ. I go up for the gym African Phantom for you need to DJ I go for up. So it's a separate up, and if it's connected, you'll see on the the lining screen. Over here, you'll see a connected status message on the bottom left and a big go fly button so you can go ahead and press go fly and I could see there's updates required. This is a good thing to do before you plan to head out because I've actually had flights that have been blocked because I haven't got the latest form where it's a little bit annoying. I gotta supper lesson on that. But basically, if you open up the, uh, the APP, it's going to tell you that you need updates. That's gonna be one of the first things that you see. So here you can see the the up here and I got a connection to the deejay Maverick, and you can also use the messages on the remote. There's also some good information on there, but I would recommend watching my DJ. I go for AP tour. We're gonna deep dive into how to use all the essential functions is a lot of stuff in there. But now you're set up to fly your deejay Maverick 3. DJI Mavic basic controls: Hey, guys, in this video, I just want to cover the basic controls for the D giant Maverick. I covered this in the flight simulator, which I recommend because you can actually see the drone flying and the controls. And let's just get straight to it. So we're gonna cover some of the basic movements here, So if you want to take off, you can do that manually by pressing down and inward. Okay, So to take off, we would press up on the left. Stick down is like that. And if you want to turn the aircraft, you would use this to left. Okay, If we wanted to move forward, then we would press up on the right stick. So up on the right, sick like that would make the drone go forward down, would make it come back down on the right stick and then left would make the drone do a left sweep like that. And then right would be like that. And you can actually do these at the same time. You compress up. And Ford, if you want to go up and four that the same time, I'll do that. If I'm just taking off worse when I have some fun, okay? And if you're landing, you're just gonna press down on this stick, and it's going to slow down just before it lands. Just to give you a chance to gather yourself before you lend. So it's not such an abrupt blinding, then to land. Just press down on the left stick just before it lines is gonna slow down. It's a good chance to see if the surface is black. Just slowly keep holding it down on the left. Press down to stop the motors. Okay. On the other side of the controls, this is R C one button. See to this is for the just the exposure. If you just want to do something quickly, this is for photos. This is for videos, and this is to control the gimbal on the remote. Here. This will pause a mode. If you're intelligent mode and you want to get back to normal ammonia, compress this. This will return the aircraft to your home points. And then that's the power. All right. I encourage you to check out the lesson on the DJ. I go for app where I go into the controls. I go into the flight simulator and I teach you how to fly. But if you're just starting out, I recommend going into the flight simulator first because you can use the remote controls. You can see how the drone will fly according to the controls. If you're ready to go for your first flight or recommend keeping it in beginner mode, so this is gonna keep the distance. You can fly 30 meters. You can also go into tripod mode. This gonna puts the controls in slow motion so you can see what all the controls do. But it's not gonna be fast. And it's very easy to control and tripod moon, So hope that helps you give you some tips on how to control your drone. 4. Updating mavic: updating your firmware for the DJ I maverick or any DeGioia drone is just a regular part of owning a drone. It's not the finest thing to do, but you don't want to be out in the fields getting this message, telling you that it's time to update the drone. So I recommend doing it as a regular part of your drone ownership, and all you need to do is just make sure that you have a mobile device connected to the remote. Make sure that the remote and the drone has plenty of battery power. And you got Internet connectivity to the mobile device and then just simply go into DJ. I go for APP, go to the top of the menu and then hit update from where and then just let it run through the update process. And after it's done, you're ready to fly. That's it. 5. DJI Go 4 Essential App Tour : Hey guys, how's it going? I'm in Vancouver and I'm just recording and you video lesson. This one is on the DJ. I go for up. So this is for fans. Um for or higher includes Dej, I maverick and it's actually a separate up. As you can see on my screen, this beautiful background is in Batu Ferragni in Ah, the island of Penang, Malaysia. I highly recommend you visit great food. Beautiful sunsets. So this is the original DJ. I go. We use this for Phantom three and below and here we go, G I handsome four. Did I go for and let me just see if I could go to the home screen, okay? And I'm connected to the Maverick. Okay, we're going to start by diving into the up and we're gonna look at some of the new features on the splash page, but let's look into the main app. First, we're going click on start flight. Okay? Please ignore this calibrate compass air. It seems to be something magnetic on the death, so just ignore that. And I've been looking at this new Abner's so many features so much to look at, So we're just going to focus on the most essential things if your phantom user the menu's gonna look very similar. If you've been updating the software regularly, D. J. I updates the software along. The new feature that you're gonna notice is mainly when it comes to off school avoidance, and you can see by this icon that looks like WiFi. It's got a circle with four waves, like over there. So if you click that, that's the the menu for the new avoidance sensor, so we'll look at that in the second here. So again, there's a lot in this app. Now. It's a lot more complicated. Well, I think it is. So there's a lot that you can focus on, so just focus on the essential functions. So let's start so right off the bat, there's a lot going on in the screen. You notice this green square, so basically you use us to tap to focus, so we want to take photos, something or video. Just tap that green square and the camera will focus on it. And at the bottom we have our telemetry, so d will be our distance away from us Heights. Pretty self explanatory and then the very bottom line. That's our horror saw little speed and B s is our vertical speeds. And VPs is the sensor underneath that detects how far off the ground a bottom luck is. The rain are, and thats useful if you lose sight or you get confused of which way the drone is facing. So if I turned that around there, you can see. So if you use the radar, it's good to keep note off which way is straight for you. Okay, the map insert of the bottom rights. Just click that. That hasn't changed. This is actually it hasn't updated. Okay, so interestingly, now the compass air is gone. Okay? Usually, if I get a compass there, I like to move the aircraft, and actually, I just one today and not fixed it. All right, so let's go to the left. The very left of the menu. So this is a new icon. And if you click that it allows you to select different modes, So there's gonna be separate videos I've made for most of these, and it may look different if you have a smaller phone. I'm just viewing this from an iPad. So weaken ume or on the screen. So we got gesture. That's to take photos after tractor track. I think that's a pretty good one that's new for Ah, the older Phantom three and below Top flies a new feature cinematic and try pause. And then we've got a whole lot more. We've got the classics. These were with the Phantom three point of interests. Follow me mode, waypoints, home lock and course look, terrain follow is a new one. If we look at the bottom here, we can able beginner move, which makes things a little bit slower. And the aircraft is not gonna be a sensitive. So it's off right now. If it's on, it's going to be lit up green, just in case that's confusing to you. I know it's confusing to some people now on the left. I'm not going to press these because the H with circle means land to your home points all right, and the home point is usually recorded automatically. The one above there is take off. Okay, now we're focusing on the top screen. There's useful information, so at the top left there where it says ready to go vision God's giving us our status. We're ready to fly. We can probably take off. I won't do because we're inside a room office. But if we're outside, we might even see Ready to go, And it will be green. That's ideally what we want. Now we click Knicks two satellites That gives us the number satellites we have. I think you want 11 or more satellites ideally, and then we've got the avoidance sensor. And then as we get closer to the remote control that icon that gives us our remote control signal R H D stream signal our battery at 81% below that is our auto eso. So for people looking, we're looking over here. So that's the I S O. So, for those of you heard from earlier with Cameron video settings, this is where we actually converge. You actualize so shutter speed, the exposure, white balance and the type of format for photos. This here gives the capacity. So if you were in photos, it will tell you how many photos you can take. If you're in videos, you could tell you how long it can record for. Okay, while we're here, This is where you would take the button you press for a photo this toggles between video and photo mode. Over here in this ruler, the ruler is a guide. If you decide to move the gimbal. So I take the remote control and there's a wheel here. I'm not sure if there's enough room for the camera turned down. Let's try. So if I move that wheel to all the way to the left, that's gonna point the camera down so you can see that ruler does change. If it's all the way down camera pointing down the ruler is gonna be a bottom if it's in the middle. About 45 degrees on the top is 90 degrees. So while you're in the air, that's a nice guy. Tohave okay, almost there. So this button here, so confused, got so many screens. So this brings up another menu that allows you to switch from auto to manual. So I was just playing around with the exposure there. So now it's on auto mode, and auto mode is good if you're a beginner and you want the computer to select things like the ISO and shutter speed. I recommend this when you're just starting out and you're just learning to fly. Just let the beach I maverick beside on these settings. But once you start getting into cinematic video, you may want to start going on the manual and they can control things like the E isso. So just a quick lesson here for camera settings. For those of you with their new to video, when we're doing video, we like to keep the isso. This controls the brightness, basically, I suppose. A jargon term. Four brightness. Ideally, we want to keep this a slow as possible to avoid graininess. And the shutter speed is usually double what the frame rate is, and the frame rate for a cinematic look is closer to 24 frames per second. So this type of knowledge is pretty standards when it comes to people that are familiar with video, so we could click over here. Over here, we can see different settings that we can change for photos. So we're there. There's Ah, HDR shark, multiple shots, time shots. I usually just a single shot. Ah, image size format. If you want to do roll, this is where you go into it. You can change the white balance here, even get different styles, color and conduce de long or full look. And there's a whole lot of presets there. Now. The settings can do interesting things like turn the front led lights off. If you weren't going stealth mode, there's a lot of stuff here. I rarely change anything here. The one thing I might do is former SD card over there or reset the camera settings. Okay, peace. You know where that is? So let's just say if you wanted to manually adjust this when you do, photography is different. I considered myself better video than photos, but that the E V Explorer skill ideally want to get as close as we can. Zero If it's plus 0.3, that means it's a little bit overexposed when they find dial down the S 0 400 Now it's under exposed minus 0.7, and it changes depending on the conditions. So let's quickly flip over to video mode. Now we can see this has changed to a red record button, and if we go back in the menu using those three dots there, click on the camera, you can now see we can do things like change the video resolution I going here lots And there's quite a lot of different options. I will help narrow this down for you. So for HD cinematic look, you want 10. 80 p 9 20 times 10 80 24 FPs When I'm doing stock footage, which is Ah, basically how I sell my aerial footage on the Internet. I like to shoot four K because of the high resolution. Check out my website if you're interested in in that Greg hung show dot com where I talked about a lot of stuff. But I have a lot of content on stock footage and I also have online courses that you can learn more about that. Okay, so let's just say we're at four K 24 frames per second. Now we have some other options here. I really change this, and movie is fine for me And NTSC, pal depends on which country you're in. So for North America and she s c and then you just leave it in auto white balance. And then you got the style and color of you once film. Look, maybe you went black and white. This is where you would do it. Okay, So encouraging experiments. So now we're in manual mode. So to adjust the manual mode settings, we can adjust the I S O. So because we selected 24 frames per second a good way to remember or to see what it set out as you can look on the screen there the top rights as four. K slash 24. Now this has changed because we switched to the video. So it's showing video like settings we're on photos is gonna show something different. It's gonna tell us the amount of photos weaken, take under the setting for photos. But we're on video now, so it's telling us we got three R's and 24 minutes and 14 seconds capacity. So that's how long we can record for of the setting. Okay, I hope I don't lose. You stay with me. So if we go to auto, it's going to automatically set things up. It auto is usually pretty good, so you can see it's automatically set the episode 200 shutter speed 25. Now, ideally, in the cinematic video world, you'd like to have your shutter speed to be double what your frame rate is, and we're using 24 frames per second, so the closest shutter speed is 50. But we can do that with auto. So what we have to do is switch it to manual. So, like I said, I like to keep the I s so as low as possible. So I'll shut my set. My shutter speed first to 50. And then I'm also checking this exposure ruler as a guide. It's minus two and almost using my eyes. Give me your guys. So we're going up upon the isil dial I so 400. So we're still under exposed by minus one. We can see over there. So this goes next setting I So 100. So perfect. Hi. So 800 shutter speed 50 and zero exposure. So this will be the ideal. So this is an example of how it's better to go with manual that makes you get better decisions. So let's just record a quick video clip here so we can give you a break from different camera angle. Okay, so let's go back to auto, see how it's selected something slightly different, non ideal for cinematic reason. So it was okay, but we make better decisions. All right, we're gonna jump into another menu, so three dots on the top. Right? Okay, so over here, we can change the metric right from kilometers, two meters per seconds. Just Ah, quick refresher. I'm only going to cover the, ah, ones that I feel are important. Okay, let me just make the camera brighter here. Ah, manual somehow left it on auto. Okay, um, I'm gonna go back into the three dots, but I'm just gonna let you know if there's a specific menu you want to jump into. Usually on the top menu. There, you can tell what the icon means. You've got an icon for position one for satellites, one for the obstacle void, and censor the remote control HD and then battery. So if I click the battery icon, that's gonna take me directly to the aircraft that remain you. So I'm just gonna go out of their and we're gonna click the three dots on the top right hand corner. We're going to start off at the very top, being controller settings. So let's focus on what we need to change here. Usually the whole point is set automatically, but if we click on here, we can manually set the position over there. Let's just go back in to there and you can also do it by your remote. I usually just let it set automatically. Okay. Multiple flight loads. I just leave this off. And if I need to change from regular to sport fault regular to sport mode. So the regular mode is P mode, which has your obstacle sensing satellite and GPS systems, which I recommend you leave it on the remote here. I hope you can see that. Let me just make it brighter. Let me make a brighter second. See, there we go. Not perfectly exposed, but at least you can see what I'm talking about. So this button here, So that's sport mode on the rights and then down is P mode. Regular mode, which I recommend for beginners is pretty nice angle, I think. Okay, let's continue. Okay. Where were we? Were Yeah, on this menu. Okay. The important things that I usually change their I'll take off beginner mode. Otherwise, you can't fly you on 30 meters. It's their first time. Leave that on. If you're a beginner, I recommend that you switch it to tripod mode or even do the flight simulator before you take off Beginner mode. So beginner mode, using tripods, which is an intelligent mode that that allows you to actually fly with the remote control and do full stick movements. But the drone is gonna not lie like a normally would, so it gives you a good feel for things in slow motion. Kind of like the the safety wheels on a bicycle. Okay, moving down maximum flight altitude. You can set this to whatever your city regulations are. Or if you wanna be naughty, you can change that. Over there. You can set up max distance. If you want those boundaries, then settings. I usually don't change anything here, but if you wanted to change sensitivity, I think the jazz pretty good videos on that. You can change them over here. Cinematic gain. There's ah, intelligent mode setting called cinematic that allows you to get more cinematic video and doesn't break right away. When you're flying, it's a little bit slower so you can adjust those settings there. Okay, we're here. I don't change too much here, but I think the front led is that's useful for safety. And this is what will happen if you lose your mo control signal and we were turned to home . That's fine over here. That's giving you actually very important stick movement. So if you press both sticks down to the bottom in her corner, so down and inward, that's going to actually stop the motors while it's in the air. Very dangerous. So don't do that. That's an emergency. So it just kind of interesting that it tells you that? There. Okay, let's move down to this new menu. Okay, so these are the visual navigation settings. Okay, So I would have this on. I think it's on by default. Our results, syllable avoidance and top climate. I would leave that on backward flying. If you have the active tracking on and you're walking towards the drone, you would need to enable this so it would fly backward. Okay, this turns on the obstacle avoidance horizontally. If you're doing active tracking, this is pretty overwhelming. I think you can leave most of the settings here at the full events settings and able VPs. So that's the sensor under the aircraft. Recommend leaving it on lining protection that's gonna kicking before about the land. I would just leave these all along. I'm not sure why I would want to take Take them off. Okay. Okay. Just focusing on the essential functions. Alright? Remote control settings. All right. This is where you can customize just my eyes. The buttons. So for C one if I wanted it, Teoh, give battery info navigation. You can do that all here. And actually don't mess around with this too much. Okay? You can calibrate your mo control, but not wilds connected. And then just different stick modes. Motew is default. There's actually a very good video from one of the DJ I staff. He goes in the depth on this. This is not my forte. But if you have a specific remote control preference, this is where you would change it. There's different modes. 12 and three. I'm just gonna leave it on two. That's what I've flown on since the Phantom one. So I'm not about to change now. Fix fixed wing move. This is new. A five time all cover video on this. This is a new flight mode that just popped up after the updates. So it's under the remote controller settings menu. Okay, HD. I don't touch anything here. Okay, this is the battery menu. Something I do is I'll change the low battery warning. I think it's 30% by default, Which for me, it's a little bit early, um, filming the course. And I don't want this thing would start beeping while I'm filming because I need a longer time. So I just said it to 23% critical battery warning. Temper side. I think that's line. Okay, this is just Martin returned home. So if the batteries really low, it's going to hit the 10%. It's going to automatically lie back home than settings. Time to discharge. 10 days. So I believe if you don't charge the battery for 10 days, it's gonna discharge. I'm not a bad re expert, but, uh, I think it's good to get the specific amount of Millie abs that is in the charge. So we still got power in my old times. This better has been charged. So I can tell this is a fairly a new battery, given the modes. So default is follow. Believe f PV. That's actually gonna follow the movements, all the aircraft so we can experiment with that. I'm on a expert. Without that, you should just leave it as the faults you can do. You give a little calibration over here. That's where the settings are. You can think change things like Gimble Pitch. If you enable this. I haven't done this before. Let's just try to snow. If you enable this, it allows you to tilt the gimbal all the way upward. Yeah, there's actually good d drive any on this. And there we go. Didn't work before. I was weird. So let's try it now. So I got my remote control. And if I turned into the rights, it's actually gonna go higher than normally with. And you see here on the screen, it's got this this line one meter. That's the obstacle avoidance kicking in. I think that's saying there's an off school with me in her head. Okay, I think we've covered the old essential functions. So I hope you found that video helpful. I'm gonna do a separate video focusing on other modes on the splash screen of the app and also the flight simulators. So stick around for that lesson. What 6. DJi Mavic Safety and crowds: I got some tips for dealing with crowds. This is just the part of flying in different countries. Some people may have not seen the drone before, so they get really curious and they can crowd around. You start peeking over your shoulder, especially if you have an iPad mini where they can see your screen so people get really curious and may start to ask questions. So some tips to deal with that are to just focus on your screen. Make sure you maintain line of sight with the drone and just try to be polite to people who ask questions and maybe answer a question or true. But just let him know that it's important that you concentrates. They can fly safely. Also, when you're lining, try to make sure that you have a clear path and just asked the crowd around you to meet some room so you can land safely. Make sure there's no cars or motorbikes driving by, especially if you're flying in another location. I know in Asia can be pretty chaotic, and you may get a motorbike come out of nowhere, so just look around you before your lands and a tip. I have for avoiding a lot of this is just a fly Early in the morning, right after sunrise, you get amazing son lies, people usually asleep. It's a lot quieter, so there's my top tips for dealing with all that. 7. Mavic intelligent modes white: Hi. In this video, we're gonna talk about the intelligent boats. Usually when you fly, you can go into GPS mood or Annie Mode. So this is the normal mode where you can fly with GPS satellites. But once you get a bit more comfortable, encourage you to explore the intelligent modes, I'm gonna show you how to get into there. And with the deejay Maverick, you have a lot of intelligent boats. Basically, these are automatic flight modes that make different type off my possible. For example, you've got follow me, which will allow the drone to follow you. If you're riding on a bike or a skateboard or you got actor truck, which will follow animal or person automatically, keep it in focus. There's a lot of different modes, and we're going to cover most of them in this course. Personally, my favorite modes include course lock as well as way point modes and point of interests. But you may find that intelligent modes don't work for you at all, so I encourage you to check it out, try them all out. But at the end of the day, I think it's most important to be comfortable with flying manually first before you start getting into intelligent moods, 8. Dji mavic gesture mode: It is a gesture mode. You need Teoh hit on that remote. I mean, yeah, to bring up until the mood. Uh, that one there. What does it say? It's recording video. Okay, You can stop. Okay, We're gonna core gesture mode. This is, ah, popular intelligent modes to do selfie photos. Okay. Yeah. Um, yes. Second hit. Okay. There. Okay. It's supposed todo wide to activate it. And then the square. Yeah. So we saw red lights on the front. So do the Y to get its attention. Do you square? Then do your posts, Okay. 9. Editing aerial photos best tips: Hi there. This is Greg Hung in this video lesson, I'm going to share some of my best aerial photography tips. I mainly focus on video, but since the aircraft is up in the air, I sometimes take the opportunity to take photos. And lately, with MAWR automated flight missions, I've been doing separate runs or separate missions just to take photos, and I've been very happy with the results. So let's begin. I've recently written a block post on this topic, but I'm just gonna uses to cover the basics. I'm gonna expand on them. And then I'm gonna cover some behind scenes off some of my best photos so you could learn from them. And I'm gonna continue to share what I've learned about aerial photography. So the first tip I can recommend is that to get familiar with flying the aircraft first as someone who's familiar with taking photos with the Nestle, our camera on the ground or traditional cameras, you may be experienced there, but your ability to at least do some basic controls of the aircraft is gonna dictate. Tell while your photos are So how do you do that? What you can do is look at some of the lessons. Teoh. Get a handle. The basics. D g I also has a pilot guide with some drills that you can use to practice. I've got a link to that. Pdf on the course. And, um, so what I recommend first doing is get familiar with taking off landing, moving forward backward, doing left and right sweeps. And you should be comfortable with the controls without looking at them, and that just takes some practice. You can also use the flight simulator in the DJ I up. I've got a lesson on that, and you can use that as a safe environment to practice. It's pretty similar to the real thing, but there's no replacement for actually flying. And when you're actually out there, there's other variables, like people will ask you questions. Try to distract you. There's a little bit of anxiety because you've got, um, limited flight time. That might be a bit of risk, so you have to factor all those things in. But when you get familiar with flying the aircraft, then I recommend you get familiar with controlling the camera so you can use the talk wheel on your remote control to control the camera pitch. So that's on the top left off your remote control and, um, tried experiment with different camera angles so you can turn the camera all the way down to get a bird's eye view or conduce 45 degrees. If you look on your app, you'll see there's a ruler. And ah, this If this ruler is a guide to give you on idea off which angle the cameras pointing at. The last thing I can say about this is that you can also take photos and videos from the buttons on the remote control. Instead of pressing the button on the APP, I find this is faster and wants to get comfortable. You can take photos without looking at it. You can just quickly press it, uh, to snapshot. Okay, so let's move on to the second point here, and I think this is an important one. It's to be able to use natural light ear advantage because the camera has the fixed aperture of 2.8 and you can do things like change the eso in the shutter speed and you can use lens filters. But I think using natural light is only gonna help you. So best times for that are now after sunrise and our before sunset. And I like to use an app called Hover. I've got a lesson on that. And Harper's gonna give you sunrise and sunset times for the location, that urine, plus a whole lot more information. And when I found is that even though you know these times is going to be a specific window where you know, the sunlight is just perfect. So what I recommend is to reserve one day, actually go out there and you can you can fly but to take some mental notes. Or you can jot down some notes on the perfect time at the location that you want to fly in if you have that luxury. Um, so some recent shots have done so just this example. This shot here was taken early in the morning. I literally had to wake up maybe 30 to 40 minutes before the sunrise time just to factor in packing at a brush. Her teeth get set up in all that and you gotta get to the actual location. So this Buddha shot was shot at sunrise and about some really nice light on Buddha over there. And this shot here, I edited using photo shop HDR. And, um, that's something else that you can do for photos that you really want to give some different effects. I've got a lesson on that editing your photos, some of the photos that you're gonna see on my aerial photo collection. I haven't done any editing, but if you do concave you some really nice cool effects. All right, so tip number two planning ahead, especially the time of your flights, and give yourself some time to scout and take some mental notes. Okay, 0.3 relates to the second point. And, uh, it's about using the natural light from the sun. So first you have to think about what do you want to take footage off or take photos off? Let's use the Buddha as an example. The Buddha ah has a face and I wanted to take a picture of its face and it faces towards the east and so annoying some basic facts that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. So that's the truth. Um, so I used that to my advantage. I knew that the sun would rise in the east, and the Buddha's statue is facing east. Ah, so the Sunshine Waas shining on its face. So I was able to get a photo with some good natural light on Statue's face. Now it's gonna be different, depending on your location. What I mean is, you got to get a sense of the direction in your location so it can use Google map to get a sense of this, Um, Paquette Islands. I use Google Maps to get a sense of direction, and once you've got that sense of direction and you can plan where you need to take off on your drones so you can take advantage of that on also, go to your shoot at the right time. All right, so hope that point is pretty clear. The next point is to take advantage of the live feed. Phantom three gives you a live feed of the camera that wasn't true for earlier generations unless you made some modifications. We were using GoPro camera, basically just setting it to take photos at different intervals. So was a lot of guesswork, but now, because you can see what the drone camera is viewing live. I recommend using the largest screen that you can so that you can, um I see well and you know the better than you can see the larger the screen. I think the better the results. Also, you can adjust the settings on your camera lives so that if you're up in the year and you can see on your screen that the exposure is not correct, you could make that adjustment. And that's really nice. Um, if it's really sunny, recommend using some screen shades or you can fly under a shady area, which is what I do. I'll try to stand under a tree or something so that I can see on the screen, especially in Asia, where there's a lot of sun. It could be hard toe. Get a good view of your screen case of wanted fifth points and some devices I use for flying or and iPad mini to which is, I think, a perfect size. But the leech e app that you're gonna be talking about on 0.5 is better run on Android, so I have to use my mobile phone. I just bought a Seuss Zen phone to laser which is an unlocked travel phone, super great for travel and flying with the drone. Actually, it's got a large 5.5 in screen runs on Android. It's to 79 Canadian unlocked, and it runs Lee Chee, which is 1/3 party app for automated flying. Okay, 0.5, I recommend that you learn on a me to flying. You can start off using deejay go up. They have what we call intelligent modes, and with these modes, you can set up your aircraft to do things like orbiting. They call a point of interest. So I could have circle around Buddhist statue using point of interest mode. And remember, you have to switch your remote control to F moment Teoh get into intelligent mode and by using flight automation. What that does is it takes the pressure off of you so you can focus on taking photos and controlling the camera essentially goes on autopilot, whereas if you're flying manually, you gotta focus on flying and taking photos. So it's two different skill sets. The two intelligent modes that I think are most useful, our point of interests and waypoints, so point of interest is pretty simple you. You, um, can set up the radius off the orbits, the speed and height with waypoints. He actually have to fly the drone, and then you'll click on your remote to drop away point so you can set the mission path, and then you can save it and rerun it. And when you've done this while the aircraft is flying on its mission, you can control the camera now. The advantage that Leech E, which is the third party app has, is that you can set up these missions in advance so you can save precious flying time, and you can actually go into more detail. Let's hop into Lee Chee over here for that Buddha mission so you can see here that I'm able to control the flight path. I know how high it's flying, and I can set the Buddha as a point of interests and the camera will. On America. We calculate the exact angle it needs to be on its flight path so that it's always pointing at the Buddha. So the Buddha is always in frame. So once I have this set up, I can ask the drone to fly on this mission and I can just simply press on the shutter once it's correctly framed and I got the correct camera settings. I can set it on this mission and just focus on the shutter speed. And by doing this, I got some really awesome shots. This is how I got the shots over here. It would be really difficult for me to get these precise shots if I had a news flight. Automation, it's just too difficult to to go manually on, um, you know, using the power of computer to calculate these angles. All right, so, um, definitely recommend the leaky third party up. Um, so that's flight automation. Next thing you recommend is a second battery, especially when doing automated flights. If you're using the DJ IOP itics time to set up these missions. And by the time you've said in the mission, you've already used up some of your flight time, the batteries second batteries also going to give you, um, more times that you don't have to rush. If you do make mistakes, you've got that second battery. You can do another flight. Um, what I recommend is you can review the photos after your first flight. I tried a lined it before 2030%. And then you can preview the photos so that if you need to go back up, you could make the adjustments on your second battery. Okay, are seven. Tip is to use screen grabs from video clips. Now I think you always want to take photos if you can, but if you miss a particular moment, you can always go back to the video. Take a screen grab to get a photo of that moment, and quality is not bad. You can get about HD quality, but it's always better to take the actual photo. Let me demonstrate here. So here's a video clip. So if I wanted to do a screen grab off this shot and was said and take a photo of it, I can always just in final cut pro X go to that particular moment and you can get pretty precise right? And once you find out to particular moments, I can go to share save current frame and save it as a JPEG. All right, so that's that's always an option. But the resolution on the actual photos are better, all right, so let's take this a step further and let's analyze some photos to Army with more knowledge 10. Workflow aerial photos: It's Greg Hung from Sheik Leon's productions dot com. Welcome to the video production Academy. This video lesson. I'm just gonna share my workflow for working with aerial photos. I'm not a photography expert, but because I focus on video a lot, and I use equipment like the drone the fans of three professional specifically because I'm ready up in the air on position to just press a button and take a photo, and you can get some amazing results that a lot of people can't. But I don't have a lot of time, and nor do I want to spend a lot of time on photos. But I'm gonna share my workflow. Teoh work with these photos so you can work with them so you can use them on different platforms like Facebook, maybe blawg or website Facebook cover. Let's go through that. All right, so I like to take J pegs. I don't like to do J peg plus raw. I've just found the falls are too large. I don't actually go back and work with those raw files, and they actually I found to reduce the quality off my J pegs, but you can go ahead experiment and see what works for you. All right, So I'm gonna try work with this file here. We're gonna use Adobe Photoshopped five. And it should be pretty similar for using older in your version. After I'm going to use another cloud based tool, which is free called Camba. So if you're not interested in photo shop, you can skip ahead. I'm gonna cover camp after. Okay? So first thing I need to do, because the resolution of this image falls to large, it's about 4000 times 3000 and HDs, 1920 times 10. 80. So right off the bat, I'm just gonna reduce the size, Okay? He knows the file or the actual image shrunk. So I'm just going toe changes scale there. And right back, I notice it's a little bit dark. We're gonna change these shadows a little bit. Not that much. Every 15. Yeah, that's this. Okay. Another thing we can do is just the brightness. This is more of a art than science, but at least you can see what my workflow is. One of just add a little hint of saturation, so that's gonna help the colors of pop out. You see, there when I said it to an extra high setting. This gonna try 20. Okay, so if you just wanted to do some standard at it, that's one way you can do it. I'm just gonna undo that saturation because I'm going to show you something cool called hdr toning. Okay, so it's under image adjustments, HDR toning. You can experiment with these presets. The one I like is a realistic by contrast on, you can see it's a little bit much on the detail. It's one of those settings that's really out there. Okay, all right. See how everything around there is pretty colorful. So that's our photo on. What you could do is now save it for Web device. Okay, I want to make sure it's high quality. It's on maximum. I'm just going to save it. As for Buddha, Ariel Birdseye 11. DJI Mavic CINEMATIC settings for DJI Mavic: Hi. In this video, we're gonna talk about ideal cinematic video settings for the deejay Maverick Andy filters and can be dramatic be used to sell stock footage. Well, if you're familiar with cinematic video settings for other cameras like SL ours, then it's pretty similar. If you're not, will help you up on this video. The first thing you need to know is that you should not use the automatic settings. So if we're looking at this video as an example, you would click that icon. She switched from auto to manual, and a key decision here is you need to decide what resolution on. To get to video mode. We need to toggle between photo and video and then go back into the manual settings. Over here we have four K 24 friends for seconds, and then we have a choice there. If you want slow motion, I would recommend 10 80 p 60 frames per second or 96 frames for a second. I've had most of my success on selling aerial footage on stock footage with four K 4096 times 2160 24 frames per second. Okay, once you've decided on the resolution. Then we have to make sure we have the ideal settings for the situation. We can look at this meter below minus 1.7. We're trying to get somewhere close to zero zero exposure. And to do that, we need Teoh change. The eso in the shutter speed shutter speed Rule of thumb for cinematic settings is double what the frame rate is. And because we chose 24 FPs 24 frames per second is usually double that. So we need to change that to 50. Okay, so I'm looking at the picture here of me. Maybe I should smile. You can see it's a little bit under exposed. We have a little bit of latitude to change the shutter speed or the I S O notice. You can change the soda speeds to lower amounts and that will make a brighter if I bring it 200. See what is making it darker. Another option you could do is leave the shutter speed and then bump up the isso. We try to leave the ice Oh, as low as possible. Ideally, you want 100 I s O. Because the higher value go the grainier it gets. But this is the deejay maverick, and the camera on this has an aperture that's not too bad. And so I think we can get away with 1600 50 frames per second. You can see our exposure zero. So this is actually not a bad setting. We change what the cameras looking at. Then we may have to adjust the settings because it's brighter. Well, if you go back into that manual area, you see it's over exposed now, so we would bump by Saudi 800. We can see it's a little bit overexposed. No, this is an example where he would change the structure speed, maybe to hundreds or 80 to get down to zero. So we go to 80. Okay, I want to introduce Andy Filters. At this point. The nd filters Oh, are lenses that go on top of the deejay Maverick. I don't have Andy filters for the maverick here to show you, but basically they're gonna make the picture darker. And that's gonna make it easier, especially when you're shooting outdoors, which are always going to with the drone to stay within the range off video settings to make its cinematic If you're just flying it the drone, the deejay maverick without any filters, chances are that you're gonna have to use shutter speed settings and I Esso's that are out of the range off what the cinematic world likes if you're serious about selling your aerial footage on stock footage agencies as a first step, I would recommend investing in a sense of nd filters, some nd filters that are popular or any four or anti eighths and the 16 and I'll just show you what my set of Andy filters looks like for the Osmo. But it's the same principle for the DJ Maverick, and you can get these for about $80. Some popular brands are deejay. I they make them. There's also company named Colder Pro and different filters are but darker than each other . The term used to describe how dark it is is a stop. So three stops is darker than two stops, and depending on how right it is, you might use a darker filter, and then you would adjust your video settings just as we went through on the up. So I hope that helps you understand the ideal settings for cinematic video how we adjust it in the up and an introduction Teoh nd filters that are gonna help you achieve the cinematic video settings while you're filming outdoors. 12. Mavic summary: congratulations on finishing the course. I hope it gives you a lot of what you need to start foaming amazing aerial videos and photos. Whatever your goals are, maybe it's just to share amazing videos and photos with your friends. Do encourage you if you start traveling and you want to start monetizing on your video footage, too. Look at the stock footage. Business model. I've used this business model to sell aerial footage from my phantom three pro drone toe, actually cover the costs off the investment and to make an online passive income that's re occurring. I'm gonna give you a link here. If you want to discount on the course, you can check on the preview. I love the DJ. I'm Abit because I can film the same quality as the phantom drones but has the benefit of fitting in your back. So thanks for taking the course. Hope you'd learn toe lots and enjoy flying your deejay Maverick 13. Sample Aerial Video with Mavic: way. 14. Taiwan aerial 2018b: - way .