It used to be difficult to get stunning aerial photos or videos of anything. Now that we have small unmanned remote-controlled aerial robotics called drones, we can basically take photos of anything we want from nearly any height.
Most drones come with cameras or an attachment for cameras, and the controller has a phone hookup that displays what the camera sees on the drone. Want to take a big group photo from a cool angle without losing anybody? Use a drone. Want to take a really awesome picture of city life? Use a drone.
Anything that you can imagine to be an amazing picture, a drone can really be helpful in achieving it. Not everyone knows exactly how to use a drone for stunning aerial photography so we decided to help you out and give you a breakdown of what you need!
Picking The Right Drone:
There are hundreds of different drones on the market, from mini drones to racing drones, but which one is the right one for you? Each drone has its positive and negative attributes. For a beginner, it might be best to pick a drone that has simpler controls and doesn’t fly as fast nor far as the others.
Except for the really expensive and professional drones, they also need to be flown within your line of sight which can limit the distance of flying as well. Thankfully, almost all of them have a really easy setup. Just take it out of the box, download the app on your smartphone while the battery charges, and let it fly!
Drone Flight Training:
Once you have the drone for you picked out, you want to make sure you know how to use it properly. The first place you want to try flying is a wide-open public area with very few people or trees around. A baseball or football field that isn’t being used would be perfect for this.
You want to start slow and attempt to get the controls and feel of your drone. Some can be more sensitive than others in terms of both speed and direction. Landing is also a really important part of the flight process. If you don’t land softly or controlled enough, you might break something and destroy the drone.
There are courses that you can take which would help expedite the process of flying. Making sure you are comfortable with all flying aspects of your drone before attempting to take any photos is really important – if your flight isn’t steady, they’ll be blurry anyway. You just spent your hard-earned money on this drone, don’t you want to make it last a while?
Now that you know how to fly the drone properly and you feel comfortable with your photography skills, it’s time to take some stunning photos.
Just like regular photography, the weather and lighting are really important. Understanding the weather patterns is really important, not just because it might be difficult for flying, but also for taking good pictures. Too much cloud cover doesn’t make for good lighting for obvious reasons. Try to check the weather patterns in the areas you want to shoot to ensure good quality photos as well as safe flying environments.
On average, you will have about 20 minutes of flight time for taking photos. This gives you ample opportunity to explore many different places or styles of photography. Like regular photography, there are a few things to remember.
The rule of thirds is key to any good photo. Not having the main focal point of the shot be directly in the middle of the photo will make it look so much better. Height and color are also key aspects. Going higher doesn’t always mean the shot will be better. Using the sky at certain times like sunrise and sunset adds tons of extra color to any shot, and cloud formations really help as well.
As stated earlier, you have nearly 20 minutes per flight depending on your drone if you need it to experiment and try new things. Let the drone fly and don’t box yourself in with ideas. Who knows, randomly flying might offer some really cool picture opportunities you weren’t expecting.
Know the rules:
Flying a drone does come with a lot of different rules. Some are obvious, some aren’t. For example, it seems pretty obvious to not fly next to or really close to an airport. Some counties have different no-fly zones within them as well.
People’s privacy is also a big concern. How would you feel if you’re in your backyard hanging out and someone is flying a drone above you taking a picture? Before you do any flying or photography, do some research on the rules of where you are intending to fly in order to stay within the laws of the specific countries, states, and localities.
Final Thoughts On Drone Photography:
Using a drone for photography is awesome! You can get some really cool shots that you wouldn’t be able to with anything else. Making sure you know the rules of the area and how to use your drone properly is key though. The photos are going to turn out stunning, but ensuring your drone’s safety and that you are following the laws are important. Prepare beforehand and then take some amazing photos!