6 Photo Modes Every Aerial Photographer Needs to Know

DJI photo settings

Ever wondered what other DJI photo settings you have besides the standard Single Shot? Many pilots, especially newbies, are not familiar with all the settings available to them. All DJI drone models support Single, Multiple, AEB and Timed shot. However, newer models like Mavic Pro and Spark have added Pano and HDR Shot.  This article will guide you on how to access and use the six DJI drone photo modes- Single, Multiple, AEB, HDR, Timed Shot, and Pano.

To get to the photo modes in DJI GO 4, tap the Camera Setting button > Photo to access all the photo modes.

DJI photo settings

Single Shot

Single-shot as the default setting is the most common way to take pictures. In this mode, when you tap the shoot/record button you take a single image.

DJI photo settings

Multiple/Burst Shot

With a single tap of the shutter button, Multiple/Burst mode allows you to rapidly take several photos. It can be set to take three, five, or seven shots, thus maximizing the chances of getting the photo you want, especially when trying to capture moving objects.

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AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing)

AEB mode will take multiple pictures of the same scene using different exposure values. You can set it to take two or five shots to get images with a high dynamic range. This mode is very useful when you are not sure about the correct exposure in tricky lighting situations or when you want to create an HDR photo. In this mode, you will need to combine the photos with photo editing software. We’ve even made a quick and easy tutorial to show you how:

1.  Cmd/Ctrl-click the images in Lightroom Classic CC to select them.

DJI photo settings

2. Select Photo > Photo Merge > HDR, or press Ctrl+H.

3. Preview the effects of the settings in the HDR Merge Preview dialog. You can select Auto Tone for an evenly-toned merged image or you can select Auto Align if the bracketed images have slight movement from shot to shot. Try different amounts of deghosting to fix any movement between frames.

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4. Click Merge to create the HDR image.

DJI photo settings

HDR (High-Dynamic Range)

Similar to AEB mode, HDR mode will take several bracketed photos to capture greater details of the composition’s elements. But unlike AEB mode, it will automatically pull the best parts of each frame and merge them to produce the final high dynamic image. Thus, it’s a good option when you don’t want to merge photos manually.

Timed Shot

Tap the shutter button to take images at the set intervals automatically. End the sequence by tapping again. You can select 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 30, and 60 second intervals.  However, the minimum Timed Shot interval is 2s for JPEG images and 5s for RAW images. You can change photo formats in DJI GO 4 under Camera Settings. Timed Shot is an effective way to make time-lapse videos. You can check our time-lapse article to learn how to make your own.

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Time-lapse made with Phantom 4 Pro


DJI photo settingsPano mode lets you capture wide-angle images.

 How To Use Pano Mode

Have these DJI photo settings given you more photo-shoot ideas? Experiment with them and feel free to share your photos with us on our Official Owners Facebook group and SkyPixel.

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