Drone Photography: My 5 Top Tips…

Are you interested in taking your photography to new heights? Literally? With the advancements in technology, drone photography has become increasingly popular for capturing stunning aerial shots. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to improve your drone photography skills, there are a few key tips to keep in mind to make the most out of your aerial photography adventures. In this blog post, I’ll share my top 5 tips for drone photography, from mastering the basics of flying a drone to capturing breathtaking and unique aerial shots. Let’s dive in and elevate your photography game with these valuable tips!





Drone Photography: My 5 Top Tips

Introduction

I thought this might be a decent place to get a quick video clip. Trouble is, I’m not daredevil. I’m the furthest thing from it, so I don’t want to go anywhere near the edge. I’m hoping that this looks like I’m just leaning against this wall rather than holding onto it for dear life. I don’t know why I chose here, probably come to about here, still be quite safe, I think. So today, what I thought I’d do is talk about drones and drone photography in particular, because I’ve been asked about it quite a few times recently, probably because I put quite a few drone photos on my Instagram account and uploaded some drone shots as prints on my website. Don’t buy them yet; I’m going to do a print sale in a few weeks, so hold on if you were thinking of buying a print.

My Love-Hate Relationship with Drones

So yeah, I’ve got a bit of a love-hate relationship with drones. I love them on the basis that they’re incredible flying cameras basically. I mean, you could sit in your car and move nothing but your thumbs and be able to fly in like a five or a 10-kilometer radius, whatever it is, and just inspect what there is to take photos of. Not legally in most places; you’re supposed to have line of sight, but the point remains that the technology allows you to sit in your car twiddling your thumbs, occasionally moving your arm to adjust the air conditioning or the heated seats or whatever you’ve got in your fancy car. I don’t have heated seats; that would be nice. However, that is also why I hate them. If I see a photo taken from the top of K2, kind of overlooking all the amazing Himalayas, I’m impressed with that photo because it looks incredible but also because I know what effort and money and time and energy and skill and resources have gone into getting the person to the top of that mountain with a big camera to take that photo. It’s very, very impressive. And with a drone, well, I know that chances are the photographer hasn’t suffered at all, particularly if they’ve got heated seats. For a lot of people, that won’t be a problem at all. A lot of people see the skill in a photo just in the photo itself, and they don’t consider kind of what’s got into the photo. For me, though, I really do, and therefore the photos that I take with the drone or all the photos that I just take by the roadside that I’ve just happened across while driving never really give me the same sense of pride that photos that I’ve kind of taken at the top of mountains, for example. I’ve had to hike up all day. So, yeah, that is why I don’t really like drones sometimes. Having said that, they can get some incredible photos even if you don’t feel personal pride for them.

Tip#1: Importance of Bracketing

Thing number one I learned about drone photography was the importance of bracketing. Now, I bracket most of my photos with most of my cameras, but without doubt, the most important camera for bracketing with is the drone. For a number of reasons, firstly, I don’t have one of those headset things which looks a bit stupid but probably works amazingly, where you can see what the drone is seeing through the headset. I’m relying on my phone screen to see what the drone is seeing, and in bright conditions, which you pretty much always are when you’re flying a drone because it’s illegal to fly at night, you can’t always see your phone screen that well, and therefore it’s a bit of a guessing game with exposure. You don’t need to guess your exposure if you bracket. Also, because you’re typically flying in good conditions or good light or daytime light because it’s illegal to do otherwise, your photos are typically going to have good shutter speeds, and therefore the bracketed photos are going to be taken over a very short amount of time, which means that if you do want to stitch them together in post-production, you’re not going to have loads and loads of ghosting because they’ve been taken a split second apart. Which means that basically even though the exposures are different, the photo is the same.

Tip#2: Effective Scouting

Tip number two that I’ve learned from my time with the drone is how to scout effectively. Now, when scouting for photos with a drone, what I try and do when I’m looking around a scene trying to work out what photo I could get with the drone is I’ll try and imagine what the drone will see from a 90-degree straight down angle, a 45-degree down angle, and a completely flat angle. And I’ll look around, and I’ll try and work out if there’s a shot with any of those angles. And now you might be thinking to yourself, what’s the point in that? Why don’t you just send the drone up to do that, and then you won’t have to imagine what it will look like?

Conclusion

Airplanes, remember those before lockdown? They were fun, weren’t they? Good for holidays and business trips and stuff. Not so great for the environment, but they… [to be continued]


Drone Photography: My 5 Top Tips

  1. What is drone photography?

    Drone photography is the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to capture images and videos from the sky. Drones are equipped with high-quality cameras, allowing photographers to capture unique perspectives and stunning aerial views.

  2. What are the advantages of drone photography?

    Drone photography allows photographers to capture breathtaking aerial shots that are impossible to achieve with traditional cameras. It provides a fresh and unique perspective, and it’s great for capturing landscapes, real estate, events, and more.

  3. What are some important tips for drone photography?

    Some important tips for drone photography include understanding the local regulations and laws, mastering the controls of your drone, finding the right lighting conditions, scouting the location beforehand, and always being mindful of safety and privacy concerns.

  4. How can I improve my drone photography skills?

    You can improve your drone photography skills by practicing regularly, experimenting with different angles and compositions, learning from other drone photographers, and continuously seeking to improve your technical and creative abilities.

  5. What are some recommended drones for photography?

    Some recommended drones for photography include the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, DJI Phantom 4 Pro, and the Autel Robotics EVO. These drones offer high-quality cameras, stability, and advanced features that are ideal for capturing stunning aerial shots.

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