Mavic Mini Creative Ideas

Mavic Mini: Amazing Indoor Tips and Ideas!

The fun doesn't have to end if you are stuck indoors! Whether you are a filmmaker or just looking for something fun to do, Mavic Mini is the ultimate drone for everyday adventures. The following Mavic Mini tips have been inspired by the shots created by Drone Film Guide.1. Stop MotionMavic Mini features a brilliant 2.7K camera that is stabilized by a 3-axis motorized gimbal, which means you can use it like a normal camera! Set up Mavic Mini in a nice spot, take a photo, move your subject to another position, and take another photo. Repeat this process and combine all the pictures into one video to get playful stop-motion style footage.2. Creative AnglesMavic Mini is extremely portable, weighing under 250 g and small enough to fit inside the palm of your hand. It's the perfect photography tool for getting unique shots in indoor locations.3. Magic Twin EffectThis is another great Mavic Mini tip you can use with any camera, including Mavic Mini! The stabilized 3-axis gimbal keeps the shot perfectly still. All you need to do is record yourself or your subject in multiple places, mask your shot, and apply a little post editing. Check out the video...
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Top 10 Drone Transition Shots for Creating Amazing Aerial Footage

Discover ten simple drone transition shots that you can use today to transform your aerial footage. Whether you’re new to drone editing or an experienced professional, we’ve rounded up our top ten transition tips that will help you produce cinematic content with ease. The following techniques can be easily replicated on standard video editors.   1. Direct Cut  Direct cut refers to an instantaneous transition between two scenes. This shot is the simplest and most common transition shot, which you can improve by matching movements with the rhythm of the background music.   2. Change the Distance Combine close-up shots with wide-angle panoramic views to create an exciting transition. This type of drone transition shot introduces a new perspective for your storytelling and is especially effective when connecting scenes taken from the ground and the sky.   3. Invisible Cut Invisible cut is a very cool transition shot that joins two shots with similar frames together. The camera lens approaches an object that blocks out the scene, and then the frame transitions to another scene. The beauty of this shot is that it adds creative fluidity to your storytelling, which is particularly useful for fast-paced action shots.   4. Tracking Shot  A tracking shot simply keeps your subject in the center of...
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Top 10 Drone Flight Maneuvers for Aerial Photography

Check out our recommended flight skills that will help you create stunning aerial photography. As an aerial photographer, capturing epic shots can seem difficult at first. But don’t worry; there are numerous easy-to-learn flight skills that can instantly take your footage to the next level. Master these simple shots for professional-level results.  Note: All gimbal control methods mentioned in this article are based on the remote controller default mode (Mode 2). 1. Linear Fly your drone in a straight line forward or backward to reveal the connection between the subject and its surrounding environment. This type of shot is great for building suspense and is equally effective for transition shots. How to Take a Linear Shot Push up or pull down the right joystick to fly the aircraft forward or backward. Do not deviate to the left or right.* * Can also be achieved using TapFly.  2. Diagonal Fly your drone sideward while ascending or descending to highlight the complexities of the environment. This creates a sense of depth with the foreground and background in the shot. How to Take a Diagonal Shot Push or pull the left joystick while pushing the right joystick to the left or right to create a diagonal flight route. 3. Pan While hovering in the air, slowly pan...
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DJI GO 4: How To Use Auto Exposure Bracketing To Get The Best Aerial Images

We recently shared a FlashTip on Facebook and Twitter explaining how to use the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) function in the DJI G0 4 app and received a few messages about this function. The following guide explains what bracketing is and how it can bring new life to your photography. What Is Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB)? Every camera sensor has a limited dynamic range, which means they can only capture detail within a specific brightness range. The exposure that is selected at the time of shooting is equal to the mid-point of this range, and the camera sensor can capture details that are brighter or darker than this point. While auto-exposure settings can be useful, high-contrast images can result in clipping, where excessively dark or bright sections appear in the image. These clipped sections of the image lack detail and can be difficult to restore in post-processing. This is where bracketing comes in. Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) is the process of taking multiple shots of the same image with different exposure settings. When the AEB function is selected in DJI GO 4 your drone will automatically shoot 3-5 photos at different exposures. The different exposures will be combined to produce a detailed and engaging...
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Master the Art of Aerial Photography: 6 Lighting Techniques

Just as light gives life significance, lighting gives photography life. In the third installment of our Master the Art of Aerial Photography series, we will cover six simple lighting techniques to improve your photography.   SHADOW Lighting Techniques 1. Silhouette | Hiding the Sun Creating a silhouette is a beautiful way to showcase your photography. Use backlighting that will illuminate your subjects to create stunning silhouettes. Silhouettes © Andrius Aleksandravičius | Equipment: Mavic Air A simple way to achieve this type of shot is to position the sun directly behind your subject. You can experiment with objects that have interesting profiles, such as people, birds, and buildings. Trakai Island Castle in a Blue Hour © Bluras | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro 2. Hours | Golden and Blue At different hours of the day, the horizon is decorated with many different colors. Golden hour occurs during sunrise or sunset, where soft tones of light illuminate your subject. This is an excellent time to capture a shot of a striking landscape. Golden Sands © George Visio | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro Blue hour occurs when the sun is just below the horizon, characterized by a rich blue tone. Use this unique window of time to emphasize subjects with artificial light sources and add a tranquil atmosphere to your...

Master the Art of Aerial Photography: 6 Drone Portrait Tips

Portrait photography is all about capturing life at the heart of the moment. As the second installment of our Master the Art of Aerial Photography series, this article will cover six simple tips to make your drone portraits unforgettable. Drone Portrait Tips for PEOPLE 1. Pose | Exaggerate Movements The simplest and most striking drone portraits are taken from above an exciting scene. Have your subjects lie on the ground and create interesting poses. Selfie!! © Andrea Marongiu | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro This photo employs the diagonals composition technique and utilizes contrasting colors to make the image more vibrant. 2. Environment | Match the Surroundings In addition to contrasting colors and themes, you can also enhance your portrait pictures by matching attire with the environment you plan to shoot in. Calm © Maksim Tarasov | Equipment: Phantom 4 In this photo, the subject in white is immersed in the snowy background, amplifying the cold and lonely motif. 3. Order | Use Structured Backgrounds Another way to create a striking portrait is to create a sense of order in your shot. Choose a background with well-defined structures, such as a basketball court. Ballin © Petra Leary | Equipment: Phantom 3 Pro The symmetry and shapes emphasize the movement of the subject. 4. Props...

Don’t Fly Until You Know These 7 Simple Drone Maneuvers and Shots!

From dolly zoom to drone orbits, master these easy drone maneuvers and shots to create breathtaking aerial footage. Have you ever thought about how drone enthusiasts capture stunning cinematic videos? Chances are you've watched a number of breathtaking videos and wondered how the footage comes together so naturally. As a content creator, you can often run (or fly) into a situation where you struggle to find creative inspiration and your footage does not match your expectations. Whether you’re a beginner pilot or have already conquered the sky, master these drone maneuvers and shots to improve your aerial photography. Note: The following flight maneuvers were performed using Mode 2 (default mode) on the drone remote controller. 1. Drone Reveal Shot This simple drone maneuver is used in cinematic footage to slowly reveal a subject to an audience. This drone shot can be used to add suspense, introduce a scene, or simply add a creative perspective to your footage. How to Take a Drone Reveal Shot Start with your subject out of view and approach it slowly with your drone. Fly past your subject to reveal a background scene or landscape shot. To add more creativity to your shot, experiment with different flight speeds. Use different angles...

Master the Art of Aerial Photography: 6 Composition Tips

Composition is a game of creativity, not rules, and it is within anyone’s grasp to become a master of this game. All you need to do is look at the world differently, through the eyes of an artist. Whether you are a beginner drone pilot or a professional who has conquered the sky, the following six composition techniques have been carefully selected to take your aerial photography to new heights. DJIART Composition Techniques 1. Diagonals | Dynamic Tension Where horizontal lines add a sense of stability in your compositions, diagonal lines add a new element to your work. Explore your surroundings, capture interesting objects, and experiment with diagonal compositions in your aerial footage. Pool © Alexandr Vlassyuk | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro Frame your subject alongside diagonal structures to enhance this dynamic effect. Untitled ©郑戈 | Equipment: Mavic Pro 2. Juxtaposition | Complementing Contrasts In aerial photography, juxtaposition refers to creating a contrast between scenes, objects, or even motifs. That Thin Path Between Order and Chaos © Pablo The following photo of the Greek town, Nafplio, showcases an intricate juxtaposition of old versus new, water versus earth, and nature versus civilization, creating a stunningly thoughtful composition. Drone's Eye View of the Old Town of Nafplio, Greece © DroneAndDusted  | Equipment: Mavic Air 3....

Film Like a Pro: How to Create Cinematic Orbit Shots

Aerial videographers are always looking for ways to improve their shots, and performing an orbit is a relatively simple way to do exactly that. This powerful cinematic effect can quickly push your cinematography from beginner-level to advanced. What is an Orbit? As you might guess from the name, an orbit is a circling motion around a point of interest. To achieve this shot, the camera moves around a subject while shooting, keeping the subject in the same position within the frame as the background changes. This is a great way to highlight any subject, as the dynamic movement between the subject and the background creates a strong sense of the spacing and environment. While a standard orbit is relatively straightforward, users can get quite creative by adding additional movements and features. For example, they can zoom in or move forward or backward while rotating around the subject, creating a fade-in or fade-out effect. In aerial videography, you can lock the gimbal on your subject and descend or ascend during an orbit to create a greater sense of depth by changing shooting angles. Probably the most jaw-dropping use of Orbit is when you combine it with Timelapse. As you can see above, the results are simply...

Creating a Sense of Depth With Aerial Photos

To craft impressive aerial photography, it is crucial to create a sense of depth with your shots from the sky. Read on to learn the tips and tricks to ensure your images are truly one of a kind. Compared to cameras and smartphones, drones can have a wider field of view, making them perfect for nature and landscape photography. Lofoten Norway ©ezumphoto  | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro Shoot from different heights and angles to create a variety of creative shots. The Dutch Pyramid ©Cuno de Bruin | Equipment: Spark Usually, a down-facing lens creates flat shots, while an oblique lens creates a stronger sense of depth. A flower boat on "the clouds" ©caokynhan | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro Catching snails on the "cloud" river ©caokynhan | Equipment: Mavic Pro Even shots with a similar angle can evoke different feelings by utilizing water reflections to manipulate space as seen above. If you are interested in improving your images with a sense of depth and space, here are six tips to try:   How to Create a Sense of Space with Aerial Photography   Look for a Foreground and Background Depending on the distance between the target and camera, we can divide the space of a frame into the foreground, subject, and background. On top of Lofoton ©Young Lee | Equipment: Phantom...

Beautiful Watersport Aerial Photography

  As summer approaches, a visual feast of watersport activities decorates the horizon. From surfers catching a wave to other magnificent displays of athleticism, aerial watersport photography is all about defying photographic boundaries. With this in mind, this article presents some tips about shot composition, camera settings, and creative inspiration, helping you create stunning watersport aerial photography.   What You Need to Know Before Flying Over Water   DJI does not encourage beginner pilots to fly over water. Always operate your drone within your visual line of sight and avoid flying near crowds of people, boats, vehicles, and other large objects. For more information, please read how to fly safely over water. Before we hit the waves, let’s take a quick look at the best watersports for aerial photography.   5 Watersports Perfect for Aerial Photography   Surfing The combination of athleticism and natural scenery makes surfing one of the most exciting watersports to capture. From above, you can experiment with shot compositions and gain a different perspective of the action below. Surf ©Andrea Morangiu | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro Water Rafting Water rafting is a thrilling adventure that gives you the opportunity to capture dramatic shots of nature. Rafting - Tara - Montenegro ©Miloš Tomašević | Equipment: Phantom 3 Pro Parasailing With aerial photography, you can...

3 Breathtaking Aerial Photography Tips for Spring

DJI Spring ©Maksim Tarasov Spring is in the Air Slowly but surely, spring is gradually seeping into existence, seen in the blooming flowers, increased birdsong, and blue skies overlaid with clouds.Such beautiful backdrops and sceneries are perfect for taking off with your trusty DJI drone for a breathtaking aerial shot. There’s no better way to capture the welcome ambiance of spring than from high above earth's changing colors.If you’re unsure how to dive into spring photography, read ahead for some beautiful examples of all the creative possibilities out there. There are stunning photography locations everywhere, as well as perfectly executed ideas to bring your creation to life. Read on to put a spring in your step with gorgeous aerial images. Protagonists of Spring Yellow Flower ©preksha... Flowers are the unmistakable stars of springtime. Eye-catching colors and unique shapes and patterns add to the ambiance of a shot, and there is no better way to convey the beauty of spring than brightly-colored petals.While you head out to your shooting location, be on the lookout for flowers and hues that draw your eye or stand out from their background. Large areas of the same color can add a soft edge of romance to your photo such...

How to Create Mesmerizing Mirror Effects with Your Aerial Footage

Have you ever come across aerial footage that has a cinematic mirror scene and thought about how hard it must be to achieve this type of effect? The truth is, it’s simpler than you think. In this example, all you need is a DJI drone, a computer with Adobe Premiere Pro installed, and this article as your guide. Mirror Effect Samples But before we start, let’s take a second to appreciate some examples of the mirror effect to give you some inspiration. Combine the mirror effect with the Dolly Zoom feature on the Mavic 2 Zoom. This feature can also be combined with Hyperlapse, adding a new dynamic to an aerial timelapse. In the next examples, you can see how the drone flight direction influences the mirror effect. Fly toward a scene: Fly away from a scene: Impressed? With a few more editing tweaks on Adobe Premiere Pro, you can even rotate your footage and showcase creative angles in your work. By rotating the original and duplicated footage simultaneously along a line of symmetry, you can achieve impressive results. Tip: Use a clip where you zoom out from the frame. This will emphasize the cinematic effect. This type of effect is incredibly easy to create with the 4x Lossless Zoom that is featured on...

Top 10 DJI GO/DJI GO 4 App Tips – Using Battery Life More Efficiently

Since a drone's battery life is limited and perfect moments usually don't last for very long, you should not waste too much time on adjusting settings while your aircraft is in the air. The following tips show you how to execute fast adjustments for essential settings. Learning these skills will take you around one minute each, but after mastering them, you will be able to use your flight time more efficiently. Tip 1: Adjust the Gimbal Axis Enter the live-feed window in the DJI GO/DJI GO 4 app, press and hold your smartphone's display until a blue circle appears. Then drag the circle in the direction you want the camera to face. (Control of the yaw axis is only available for the Mavic 2 series, Inspire series, and Matrice series.) Tip 2: Limit Upward Gimbal Movement Range Go to the gimbal settings and enable the upward gimbal tilt lock. With this mode activated, you can avoid unwanted propeller shadows in your FOV when shooting. Tip 3: Quick Gimbal Controls Set the C1 or C2 button to "Camera Forward/Down" to create a shortcut for quick gimbal axis adjustments. Face the camera directly downward or forward just in one or two taps. Tip 4: Grid Lines Enable the grid lines in...

10 Aerial Photos for Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate beauty, strength, and grace. For this selection of the 2018 SkyPixel Contest, we recognize this holiday and the people it was made for. Click here to see more entries. Trick or Tall? | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro Photographer: Yura Borschev Do you want to make her really stand out? With a perfect setup, this woman stretches the bounds of imagination. Pool Hangs | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro Photographer: piercegainey For ultimate relaxation, sometimes it’s the simple things, like sitting poolside with your girlfriends, like these two in Sunny St. Lucia. 1 + 1 = 3 - Corralejo, Fuerteventura - Canary Island, Spain | Equipment: Mavic Air Photographer: Lorenzo Marianeschi Corralejo Beach in Fuerteventura sets the stage for this couple’s new adventure. Search of Fern Flower | Equipment: Mavic Pro Photographer: Taavi Purtsak Her hunt for the mythical fern flower brings promises of fortune and power, but only if she can find it on the only day of the year it blooms – summer solstice. Wind | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro Photographer: oxo With a face of serenity, this woman contrasts beautifully with the waves crashing all around her. Drone Photo Shooting | Equipment: Mavic Pro Photographer: George BUFAN The edge of a rocky cliff provides a powerful backdrop for this photo shoot. Juxtaposition | Equipment:...

10 Breathtaking Ocean Images

The ocean. Covering over 70% of the earth’s surface, these bodies of water are home to countless species of life. For humans, the ocean is a place of wonder, adventure, mystery, and magic. In this week’s selection of 2018 SkyPixel Contest entries, witness the power of our blue planet, from above. Click here to see more entries. Feeding Time | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro   Photographer: BenMack Just outside of Sydney’s Tamarama Beach, a gargantuan school of salmon is disrupted by a solitary shark looking to feed. Surfer in the Balian Ocean | Equipment: Mavic Pro Photographer: Pikelman A short rest in wave sets allows this surfer to paddle through the whitewash and push ahead to the outer reef, where larger breaks await him. An Ocean Galaxy | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro Photographer: Luke Bell Surrounded by clumps of ice and snow in the Antarctic Peninsula, a yacht appears to be floating adrift in the cosmos. Crabeater Seals Feeding | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro Photographer: Florian Ledoux Over 100 crabeater seals approach a school of krill, forming a wall of teeth against a broken, frozen coast in the Antarctic Peninsula. Paddling with the Pod | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro Photographer: Anders Carlson A snorkeler and outrigger canoe delight in a chance encounter with a pod...

10 Golden Moments with the Sun

The sun affects everything and is a huge part of life on Earth. It helps plants grow, provides light, and offers warmth. It also happens to be a great photography prop for photographers. For this week’s selection of 2018 SkyPixel Contest submissions, we’re sharing 10 amazing photos that incorporate the beauty of the sun. Click here to see more entries. Icy Adventure | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro Photographer: 王 汉冰 After a cold night, beautiful textures and designs flowered across a lake in the Taklimakan desert. Sunset Sailing | Equipment: Mavic 2 Zoom Photographer: Mike Leung A vivid sunset illuminates a lone sailboat at Karon beach in Phuket, Thailand, creating a gorgeous aerial shot. Nature Engraving | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro Photographer: 梦中画 Although it looks like a painting, this aerial image was taken by DJI’s Phantom 4 in Utah. The contrast of snow and shadow across the badlands create a beautiful and whimsical texture. Sunrise in Harwich | Equipment: Mavic Pro Photographer: Mr. Droney McDroneFace A spectacular sunrise overlooking the Dovercourt lighthouse in Harwich, UK. 2 People, 2 Dogs, & 4 Shadows | Equipment: Mavic Air Photographer: Yevhen Samuchenko A pair of dogs and their owners take a morning stroll at Black Sea beach in Odessa, Ukraine. The sun’s angle produces the perfect shadow of their figures in the sand. Val Comelico-Padola-Belluno-Italy | Equipment: Spark Photographer: Alvise Bagagiolo A warm sun glows through grey clouds...

10 Adventures on Land, Sea, & Air

Humans have always been compelled to interact with the world around them. Rather than just admire these surroundings, we are driven with a desire to run, climb, and reach as far as we can. In this week’s selection of 2018 SkyPixel Contest entries, witness the different ways that we move with the world. Click here to see more entries. The Origin of Human Skiing – Xinjiang | Equipment: Inspire 2 Photographer: Old van Old van and his friend fly through the air while carving fresh paths into the side of a snow-covered mountain in Xinjiang.   Grow Up in The Mountain | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro Photographer: Raipuon Enjoy gorgeous views from above as a pair of professional mountain bikers climb ascents, cross switchbacks, and ride along a cliff’s edge with ease.   Lone Shadow | Pierre Real | Equipment: Phantom 3 4K Photographer: Fabian Mct Pierre Real braves the bitter cold, rolling, sliding, and catching air above a new layer of snow on the trails of Singletracks Bike Park in France.   Mountain Skating | Equipment: Mavic Air Photographer: Zhong_Yusong The traditions of Ancient China and the thrill of freestyle slalom skating coalesce in a video of spectacular views and incredible skill.   Grand Traverse on Ice | Equipment: Inspire 1 Pro Photographer: Mark Goethel In January, waterways across Michigan are entirely frozen, allowing people to fly across...

Breathtaking Drone Wedding Photography: 2019 Edition

Aerial wedding photography has begun to grace many photo albums as more wedding photographers and soon-to-be newlyweds are using a drone to capture their big day. In the not-so-distant past, aerial wedding photography was reserved for exclusive sets with complicated setups. Now in 2019, DJI drones are the new stars of the wedding season, offering professional imaging capabilities, Intelligent Flight Modes, and ease of use to wedding photographers across the globe. From once-in-a-lifetime venues to beautiful aerial narratives, the creative possibilities for wedding drone operators are endless. With soon-to-be newlyweds searching for a stunning aerial perspective for their wedding album, we give you the perfect marriage of tips to produce breathtaking aerial wedding photography. 1. Check Flying Rules and Regulations Before you begin, it is vital that you research your local drone laws and regulations. You are not permitted to fly a drone near any sensitive locations such as national parks, power plants, and military bases. Please get permission from the venue management and abide by your local drone laws. This includes respecting the privacy around wedding venues and being aware of your surroundings. For more information regarding local drone laws and regulations, click here. 2. Preflight Preparation  It takes time to set up...

10 Epic Mountain Views

When it comes to capturing epic scenery with your drone, few destinations can compare to mountains. The natural beauty, dramatic weather, and sheer size of the world's grand peaks always provide a sense of awe and inspiration. In this week’s selection for the 2018 SkyPixel Contest, transport yourself with some fantastic, elevated artistry. Click here to see more entries. Win a Hasselblad Camera or a DJI Inspire 2 with the 2018 SkyPixel Contest Join Now! Mountain Travel – Bon | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro Photographer: 伊冉 Bon is a village that sits atop the mountainous regions of Tibet. In the frigid nights and days, Yi Wei captured gorgeous scenes of frozen and flowing water in this spiritual wonderland. Magic in the Mountains – Italian Dolomites | Equipment: Mavic Air Photographer: Shirley.Films In just ten days, filmmaker Shirley captured the sheer peaks of Northern Italy’s Dolomites. Green and rolling with clouds on one side and desolate on the other, Shirley’s film showcases the stark contrasts of life at high elevation. Tian Shan | Equipment: Inspire 2 Photographer: 秋风 Tian Shan translates from Chinese as “The Mountains of Heaven.” After watching Qiufeng’s short film, it is easy to see why. Ice & Fog / A Blue Ridge Winter Morning | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro Photographer: Adam Spencer It's the dead...