It was a beautiful day outside today, so what better way to spend it than taking the drone out for a little flight time. As I am always the perpetual student when it comes to drone photos, I decided to play with the color settings on my camera, just to see how different settings affected the quality of the photos. I selected the clubhouse in my neighborhood, since I could capture a residential structure, water with sun reflecting in the background, a blue sky, and a green pasture. Here are the basic settings I used on my camera. These were held constant, and I only changed the color settings available on the DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone. I wanted to see just what variations I could observe by changing the camera settings.
Photo – Single Shot
ISO – 100
Shutter Speed – 250
Image Size – 4:3
Image Format – JPEG + RAW
White Balance – Sunny
Style – None
I first took this set of photos last week, but had the image format set to RAW. What I didn’t realize is when you take photos in RAW, all your color settings are lost during import. When I previewed the photos on my iMac, the photos looked right (black and white, vivid, etc.), but when they actually imported, they all looked the same, because the RAW format doesn’t do any processing. By contrast, for a JPEG image, all the processing is done in the camera. So, what does this mean? If you want to be able to edit your photos later in Lightroom, or some other editing software, use RAW format. It retains all the available detail from the camera. JPEG, however, has already done all its processing, so you can’t change it later. I didn’t intend this post to become a RAW vs JPEG tutorial, but I hope my costly mistake saves you some trouble of your own. To be safe, just leave your photo settings to JPEG + RAW so you have options later. Better to have too many images that you can delete later, than to not have the format that you need. I used this li
>when I was learning the differences between RAW and JPEG.
Black & White
It didn’t look like there was much difference between D-Cinelike and D-Log settings. Neither one of them seemed to be much different than the NONE setting. The ART setting took away some color, almost getting somewhere in between original color, and black and white. Black and White is obvious. I think the Black and White setting would be great if you were taking drone photos of a historical landmark, or any other older structures. Vivid is my favorite setting when it is close to sunset. I think this setting can be used to really sell a property. Same with Beach and Dream. These settings really accentuate the sky and water in the background. Classic setting seems to be similar to Vivid, Beach and Dream. The Jugo setting gives a nostalgic feel to the photo. Not as much as Black and White, but it definitely gives a very nice touch. I hope you found this to be useful. Leave some comments below on your favorite camera settings when taking drone photos. See you next week!