How to shoot long exposure photos with the DJI Mavic Pro drone

I love shooting long exposure drone photos with my Mavic and Phantoms. You get to see the ocean in new ways with these aerial platforms and long exposure photos really bring out the beauty of the ocean. In this video, I go through how I quickly setup my DJI Mavic Pro to shoot long exposure photos using ND Filters.


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Gear used in this video:

DJI Mavic Pro –

ND 64 Filter:

6 Pack Filter:

Video shot on: Canon G7XMII –

Lav Microphone: –

Micro USB 2.0 OTG Micro USB to Female:

Lighting to USB 90 degree:

Remote control protector:

Tablet remote control holder for the DJI Spark & Mavic:
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What I carry my Mavic in:

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22 Replies to “How to shoot long exposure photos with the DJI Mavic Pro drone”

  1. SKGMD11

    whats the stand or the mount you have rigged up to hold your ipad on the controller? …can you use the same rig setup for a phone instead if you dont wanna cram your phone into the controller each time?

  2. Buzz C

    thanks so much for your tutorials…. i have been following you on here since getting my dji mavic pro in the spring. You are one of the best teachers I have encountered on youtube. I always tell friends who are getting into droning to follow you here for the best content and instruction. I have an InstaG page and would love to hear your feedback on my images, or anyone else who is reading this… #bclixs_drone
    Thanks Again for what you do!!!

  3. Digi Flow

    Or you could just shoot multiple exposures achieving the same effect while having much better sharpness . There is no way you going to get anything that can be considered a long exposure on any drone as there will always be slight shaking over a duration higher than anything like 2 secs .

  4. Larry Marshall Photography

    Aldryn, I know that this is an old video, but I still found it very useful. I bought my M2P primarily for still photos. Knowing my style of photography, would you please recommend a set of filters to purchase? On a side note, I don't see how you make time to produce all of these videos, take care of business, and be a husband and father. More power to you. God bless

  5. sebulban

    Can't see how it's possible to have 3-4 second exposures on a drone. Even though the hovering is extremely stable these days it still moves some and the images will get blurry. That's my experience. Correct me if i'm wrong and post a link for a drone photo with exposure times over 2 seconds

  6. Bat Fri

    Hi ! I loved your video very clear and very interesting !
    However there is something that I didn’t understand :
    Indeed, how did you do to change from shutter speed with a scale from 60 to 2000 ( something like that I don’t remember how far it goes ), to a shutter speed with « 1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4 » etc ?
    I can’t figure out and I really need to know … thank you …

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