DJI MAVIC 2 Best Feature – PHOTOGRAPHY LIGHT!

what's going on guys today I'm going to show you how to use the Mavic to light as a photography light in the video coming up what if DJI Matic twos best features is the fact that on the bottom of both the Pro and the zoom there's two LED lights they call these auxilary lights this auxilary light will go on automatically when it's dark outside and the drone is trying to land or take off however you can turn it on and off manually all right being a photographer I saw this light and I thought to myself I have to use that for a photography so in this video I'm going to show you what I discovered using these two LED lights for photography and I'm going to give you a step-by-step tutorial and show you how you can do it yourself so the first thing you've got to do is connect your controller to your phone or device alright just like so then you have to turn on your drone okay then you then you turn on your controller all right then I'm going to go into the app now going into the app what you're gonna do is you're gonna go in the upper right hand corner there's three little dots you're gonna press that after you press those three little dots you're gonna press the sensor icon okay once you press the sensor icon you're you can go all the way to the bottom after you scroll down you're gonna see something that says bottom auxilary lighting now you're gonna press that it's gonna be on auto by factory default so then you just change it to on or off okay so since this is on auto now and it's really bright out it's not gonna turn on so I'm gonna have to turn it on manually so it's just on what I do you can see it right there and then if you want to turn it off you just click on it again and you just press off and it's off alright guys there's a few things you're gonna need besides the drone and the controller so let's make a checklist the first thing we're gonna need is a DSLR camera now I recommend a frame camera because you're gonna have a bigger sensor which will give you a lot more information and better resolution especially in low-light since all our shooting is going to be done at nighttime I recommend a full-frame sensor so I use my Nikon d700 because it has a full-frame and even though it's an old camera it still has great resolution in low-light now which lens do you choose to use with your camera I recommend using a wide-angle lens so I have a 24 to 70 millimeter lens and I shot primarily between 24 millimeters and 28 millimeters so you want something that can go pretty wide now wide-angle means anywhere between about 20 millimetres to 28 millimeters okay any more zoomed in than 28 millimeters is going to be too zoomed in and anything wider than 20 millimetres is going to have too much distortion so between 20 to 28 is my recommendation for you between like 24 to 28 is ideal another reason we want a wide-angle lens is because we want to get the drone in the shot because that's part of the effect yes we could take a photo with just using the drone as a light but to show the drone in the photo makes it a lot more interesting one thing to know I recommend using a lens with a fixed focal length so that means an aperture or an f-stop that doesn't change as you zoom in or zoom out so I have a 24 to 70 F 28 I recommend any lens with a 1

4 to 28 aperture that way you can allow a lot of light to come in and you don't have to raise your ISO too high when shooting at nighttime the next thing you're gonna need is a tripod it doesn't have to be a fancy tripod it can be any tripod just as long as it supports your camera and keeps it still you're gonna have to be able to mount your camera on your tripod and make sure that it does not move at all just like this after you're done with that I recommend getting some props or whatever your going to need to enhance the photo so since I was shooting at a basketball court for one of my shots I got this basketball and then in addition to it I also wore my Jersey my old 1984 Olympic Michael Jordan Jersey because I like the color red fits my own personal and photographic style and it also matched well with this image on a basketball court it also helps if you have a little experience with what you're photographing alright so let's get into the shoe so the first thing you have to decide is where are you gonna photograph now you could just go outside and take a picture of yourself but that's not too exciting right you want to make it a little more interesting so as a photographer I'm always thinking about the background just to add or enhance the photo or does it take away or detract from the photo so I wanted to find a place that really enhanced the photo so what I did was I went downtown to an area of Miami where there's a lot of good artwork murals and things on the buildings and walls because it would really enhance the photos and add a whole new element to it so one thing to know before we get into the nitty-gritty always shoot in an area that's safe for you and also where your gear is going to be safe with that said I'm a little crazy so sometimes I go in areas that you know things could happen but that's the way it is now I'm going to use this first location as an example of many mistakes I made so that you don't make the same mistakes but don't worry as we go along I'm going to show you how to shoot really well with these auxiliary lights but I also need to show you what not to do so you don't make those same mistakes so I got up in the middle of the night because I know no one's gonna be around I can shoot wherever I want and also it's gonna be really dark and I can take photos using my auxiliary lights now this first location I chose this wall of this polar bear because it really resonated with me it's an incredible painting and I thought it'd be fantastic for a photo so I went there I set up my drone I set up my tripod I set up my camera I got ready to take the photo so one thing I noticed when I raised my drone up the light barely shone on the wall and one reason was there was a lot of lights on the street so the street lights overpowered the LED lights from the drone the other mistake I made was that this wall was just so big if you have a wall or an area that's too big the light won't really cover it because it's not that powerful so the lights are powerful there's two of them but it's better to choose a wall that's a lot shorter and it's also better to be in an area that's much darker so these were a few images that I took although they look nice it didn't really come out the way I wanted to the light didn't really make the polar bear stand out it didn't really shine a light on me so what I needed to do is find a different location so then I found another spot that I really like this Bob Marley mural one thing I noticed if I kept shooting and the Sun started rising the Sun would overpower the LED light so you have to make sure that you shoot at nighttime so I did most of my shooting between 4:00 am and 5:00 am

because I know it would be completely dark during this time a big improvement for the second location was the fact that this wall was a lot shorter so that meant that I could light up Bob Marley right here and I could light up his entire face and at the same time I would still be lit up so when shooting with this drone you want to make sure that you're not only shoot the background but you shoot yourself because when I'm in the image it gives it a lot of perspective so you can tell that this is a huge mural compared to how tall I am next to it remember you have to use a wide-angle lens so I usually shot around 24 to 28 millimeters so that I could get wide enough to have both myself the background and the drone in the shot and also if you notice you can see things like this moon in the shot right here which also adds another dimension of interest to the shot so what I like to do is move the tripod and camera physically closer to the image or further away so you're gonna have to experiment move it close move it back and get it in the spot that you like once you get it in the spot that you like you're also gonna have to consider what camera settings to use so I'm going to let you know from experience what camera settings work well for me so I always try to keep the ISO as low as possible therefore I shot with a low f-stop number so I shot at f 28 because that was the lowest f-stop number and the most amount of light that I could let in with the camera lens that I had I used a shutter speed of 130th of a second to one fiftieth of a second I didn't want to go any faster than one fiftieth of a second because I wanted to keep the ISO low now the ISO that I used was anywhere from two thousand to thirty two hundred and then the last little technique that I used I would look through the viewfinder I would frame up the shot I would get the focus right after I would get the focus I would use auto focus to get the focus right I would put the point on the wall or right next to the wall where I would be standing once the focus was good then I would put the focus on manual focus that way the focus wouldn't change then I set the camera to timer mode and press the button for about ten seconds this would give me enough time to press the shutter and then running from the camera next to the wall get my position of posing and that photo would be taken and then lastly I would position my drone in a position where I liked it now I wanted to get it as low as possible but I also needed to keep it high enough that it would light up all of Bob Marley's face and head if I went to low Bob Marley would be lit up but if I went too high I wouldn't be lit up so I had to experiment with that but also be careful don't crash your drone stay away from walls anything that's metal also might affect it so after all that these are a few of the shots that I got so if you're the adventurous type or you want to step up your production value you can also add a second drone so I use my phantom 4 Pro which has a one inch sensor I suggest the Mavic 2 Pro would also work or an inspire 2 would be ideal with a x7 camera because the x7 is best in low-light I didn't have an X 7 so I used my phantom 4 Pro and I took a few photos using that it did turn out as well as my camera but it still was worth experimenting now my last location I wanted to do something totally different I didn't want to use a background I wanted to use something that stood out away from the background so that just myself or just one particular thing would stand out since I love sports and I love basketball I thought why not go to a basketball court now I like this particular court because there was nothing behind the backboard and the hoop so I can take a picture using this light and the only thing that would be lit up was the backboard hoop and myself so those were the three elements that I wanted to be lit up so because this hoop was not close to anything else it really stood out if I had something in the background a wall right behind the hoop it would have been the same type of effect so as you can see only the backboard and the hoop were lit up I was lit up I tried different poses this was the one that I liked the most one of the challenges I faced was having the drone stay in one place I maneuvered it in tripod mode so it would move very slowly but at the same time I put it in normal GPS mode now you can change it from tripod to GPS mode just by placing your finger on the right side of the controller it has a P a T and s that stands for P is GPS mode T is tripod and s is sport mode so I mainly use tripod mode because it moved the drone really slow and I can position it in the right spot that I wanted I wanted it to get right above the hoop so that the shadow of the hoop and the net could be seen right in the center of the shot when shooting a basketball whoo or anything made of metal be very careful because it can mess with the drones compass so anything with metal you have to be careful to not damage the drone I know the drone has sensors but at the same time it's good to be very cautious so you don't injure yourself or the drone so these were a few other shots that I liked from the basketball shoe alright guys so before I end this video I just want to recap some of the things that I learned that can help you so number one get a good tripod that state keeps your camera still second make sure you shoot at nighttime when it's completely dark you don't want any other lights around such as street lights or if it's a the moon is really bright or anything that's really bright outside is going to detract from the image because you want the light coming from these auxiliary lights to be the focal point of your image next thing is to choose a good background or no background at all so you can use a wall a mural or something like this or you can use a basketball hoop or something that is really far away from the wall so only yourself or that one object is lit up and make sure it's not too high remember any wall or anything if it's too high you're not gonna be able to cover and light up the entire wall so make sure you find a wall that's I would say about 15 feet or lower this is ideal and lastly make sure you your drone your equipment are all safe and have fun with it alright guys I love to hear the way you use these auxiliary lights for your photography so don't forget to add a comment below if you haven't done so press that like button and if you're not already please subscribe to my channel and press that Bell notifications to get more videos tutorials tips about DJI drones and Mavic – drones I also have many more ideas for how to use these lights for creative photography so if you want me to make more videos like this please let me know in the comments below alright guys we started with a simple hello and we ended with a complicated goodbye