Initially, drones were used purely for surveillance purposes in the military. But gone are those days. Drones are used these days to take stunning aerial photographs. These could be landscape photographs or even event photographs. Some precautions you should take include learning about the law of your land because most countries have some guidelines for flying objects, for example, the drone should not be more than 20 kg in weight and crowded areas are considered no-fly zones. If you dutifully follow these rules, there are some guidelines to follow and some tips and techniques to look out for that could make you a star in the world of drone photography.
Use Google Maps or a similar site to find ideal locations to take pictures. After you have reached the destination, fly your drone high till you find the perfect view point. Never assume a point is not visually appealing till you see it from a higher perspective. Play with the drone and fly it at random spots, and maybe an unexpected view might create a stunning photographic masterpiece!
Wedding and event photography
Using a drone to capture memories from your big day is the hottest wedding trend lately. This trend has extended to events other than a wedding as well. Any big event you go to, you will find a drone. Open-air environments are the best for photographing with a drone. Use it to visualize hidden elements in the wedding or to spell words. Always avoid the zoom-in function on the Drone, since that is not what aerial photography is about!
Investing in appropriate accessories
The most important accessory for the drone is the quadcopter itself. Always invest in a good quadcopter for great photos. Another important extension is a gimbal. Simply, gimbals are used to keep objects on an air-borne flight level. These objects include compasses and cameras. Gimbals thus avoid shaky and blurred photos. Another must-have accessories is a wide lens camera. Ensure that you are working with a minimum of 12 MP although 16-20 MP is ideal. A bad investment for an accessory includes a zoom-in lens. Close-ups are a big no-no for drone photography.
Using built-in smart features
Newer drones harbor smart features. These features include saving an in-flight pathway for the drone to follow, or even selecting the most appropriate location for a stunning photograph. Autofocus is also a great smart feature of drone cameras. A feature known as the Point of Interest feature can be used to keep pointing at a desirable point, even if the quadcopter itself is moving.
Editing the original photographs
Another way to create excellent photographs is learning how to use editing software. This does not mean you slap on filters on the photograph as you please; instead it means using healing, correction and levelling features to balance out the colors of the picture, creating beautiful visuals. These days many editing programs are available online for free or otherwise, including Photoshop and Gimp. Tutorials for these programs are readily available on YouTube and Google as well. Start editing y’all!
Taking stationary photographs is not the only form of photography there is. Making videos to blow away the viewer with full impact from the view is another great way to create visuals. For this purpose, the smart feature that can save flight pathways for the drone is ideal. Fly the drone in different spots till you find the most impactful imagery and fly again on that path to capture the entirety of it.