DJI Phantom 3 Long Exposure – Aerials

I started working in the aerial film industry a couple years ago, but since then aerial footage has become common place and I wanted to think of something unique.

I came up with the idea to try out an aerial long exposure using my DJI phantom 3. The results really peaked my interest.

how I did it:
Phantom 3 with an ISO of 400-800, shutter of 1.6 sec, and RAW.
A shutter of any more than 1.6 sec was too blurry due to the slight wind.
Here are the initial results – First image is the unedited version, followed by an edited version.
Edited in Lightroom, with some basic grading, and masks.




This might just be my newest hobby.

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  • Michael Paul Jones – Director | Director of Photography
    Zac Eskelsen, Owner of Helivate Films kills it!!!! He took our production level to the skies with moving dynamic imagery. It’s always great to have people on your team willing to push the envelope and take chances to create that amazing shot, Zac is that person. Super easy going, wonderful to work with and an amazing pilot. I would recommend him to anyone for their professional aerial needs. - Mike Jones.
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    Zac saved my bacon. We were nearly to our location in Moab (4 hours away) when our aerial cinematographer had to turn back with a family emergency. Called Zac. Not only was he very accommodating with our immediate schedule, but he quickly got the concept and was able to capture images that enhanced the cinematic storytelling of our show. So easy to work with. And talented too. Thanks Zac.
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