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Can anyone help. Tried editing again today. Shot this video in D-Log(first time ever) and edited in DaVinci. The water looks too white maybe reflection but does not look nice to me. I used an ND 8 Filter to shoot this.

4-24 22:49
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A bit over exposed if you ask me.
Did you shoot manual, or auto exposure?
4-28 01:41
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Montfrooij Posted at 4-28 01:41
A bit over exposed if you ask me.
Did you shoot manual, or auto exposure?

Was done in auto with a ND32 filter
4-29 00:40
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Suren Posted at 4-29 00:40
Was done in auto with a ND32 filter

My suggestion would be to lower the EV compensation to -0,7.
I have that 95% of the time and (in my opinion) really improves the footage.
The ND filters won't change the average exposure the drone is making.
It still will aim for a certain exposure.
It just makes the shutterspeed slower (that is what you want probably) but can also lead to more noise when the ISO is increased by the auto exposure.
4-29 00:43
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Montfrooij Posted at 4-29 00:43
My suggestion would be to lower the EV compensation to -0,7.
I have that 95% of the time and (in my opinion) really improves the footage.
The ND filters won't change the average exposure the drone is making.

Good advice Monty, thank you
4-29 00:46
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Suren Posted at 4-29 00:46
Good advice Monty, thank you

Have fun with it!
I actually do this on all my camera systems.
The 'average' exposure they are after is too bright in my opinion.
4-29 00:47
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Montfrooij Posted at 4-29 00:47
Have fun with it!
I actually do this on all my camera systems.
The 'average' exposure they are after is too bright in my opinion.

What filter would you recommend for normal everyday use
4-29 01:09
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Suren Posted at 4-29 01:09
What filter would you recommend for normal everyday use

No filter at all.
There are situations where they help (very very bright conditions)
But under normal conditions, there is little reason to put any ND filter on.
It just lets in less light (like sun-glasses) but does not do much for your end result.

There is a lot of fuzz about ND filters and while they certainly can be useful to prevent stuttery video footage, you can easily prevent that 95% of the time by flying slow and smooth.(which is a good thing usually anyway)

I'm not sure how familiar you are with how the exposure triangle works, but if you don't know that and don't understand 100% what you are doing with shutterspeed and ISO (and why), it is really not so useful to strap one on.
The extra hassle of putting one on and the extra layer of glass + weight you have on the gimbal is probably not worth it.

Especially for photography I see little reason for ND filters on a drone.
For video work there is a bit of an advantage if you use the right ND filter because you get a bit of motion blur because of the slower shutter speed (and that is a good thing for video)
But it is hard to get the right ND filter, since your lighting situation changes during the flight.
4-29 01:23
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Montfrooij Posted at 4-29 01:23
No filter at all.  
There are situations where they help (very very bright conditions)
But under normal conditions, there is little reason to put any ND filter on.

Thank you, makes sense about using the filters mostly for videos as my phots with them came out almost to dark
4-29 01:30
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Suren Posted at 4-29 01:30
Thank you, makes sense about using the filters mostly for videos as my phots with them came out almost to dark

Actually, if you set the drone to Auto Exposure, the filter should not make the image turn darker.
Only when you are in manual exposure, you can see the difference in photo mode.

My suggestion is to set the EV compensation to -0.7 and leave it in auto exposure most of the time.
The drone is perfectly capable of doing that in most situations.
Leave the filters off until you really understand how they affect the shutterspeed and ISO and why you 'need' them in the first place.
It is quite a technical thing and the effect is minimal unless you really know what you are looking for.

If you get stuttery video footage, it is best to fly slow and smooth before grabbing ND filters again.
Unless you want to dive deep into this technical part of how a camera exposure works, it is quite useless to put one on.
Something like having a tachometer on a dashboard without knowing what it means for the engine and when it performs well.
It looks cool, but won't make you a better driver.


4-29 01:51
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Montfrooij Posted at 4-29 01:51
Actually, if you set the drone to Auto Exposure, the filter should not make the image turn darker.
Only when you are in manual exposure, you can see the difference in photo mode.

4-29 11:17
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Montfrooij Posted at 4-29 01:51
Actually, if you set the drone to Auto Exposure, the filter should not make the image turn darker.
Only when you are in manual exposure, you can see the difference in photo mode.

Wouldn't shooting in manual allow for more accuracy though?
4-29 15:47
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