People commonly ask us what are the best settings for aerial photography? While the answer may vary based on a number of variables, I recently stumbled upon an interesting article aptly titled, “What Are the Best Settings for Drone Photography?,” that attempts to answer the age old question.
In this article, I’m going to go through the settings I use to get the best results from my drone photography. These settings can be applied to all DJI drones, Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Mavic, and Inspire, as long as you use the DJI app or Litchi. Let me fly through the basic stuff.
I know you’ve heard it a million times before, but you must shoot in raw.
You’d be surprised to see how many people leave the camera on their drone with the JPG settings and wonder why their pictures don’t look better when they start editing them. I’m not stopping anyone from shooting raw plus JPEG, but you are just slowing down your camera and taking more space on Lightroom for no good reason. Taking raw files is critical if you want to retain as much information as possible on your pictures to allow you more freedom and control when the editing comes.