Updated: Dec 5, 2020
Drone photography is now the next best thing in the world of photography. It has taken photography to another level of excitement, fun and expertise, with stunning and breathtaking images shot from the sky. Being able to capture amazing aerial photographs of landscapes around with a camera from the sky is quite tempting, and this is what drone photography offers.
And the best part?
It's fast becoming one of the most profitable types of photography. In fact, in recent years, in spite of concerns about safety and privacy, drone photography is already gaining much popularity among photographer. Little wonder almost all photographers are incorporating it into there services.
THINKING OF GOING INTO DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY?
Get The Right Equipment:
In as much as you are enthusiastic about using a drone for photography, you need to get a good reliable one first.
Depending on the type you want and your level of experience or expertise (Beginner, intermediate or expert) there is the various range of drones, quadcopters or UAVs - unmanned aerial vehicles, in the market to choose from.
Although these days, new model drones are quite easy to operate and can practically "fly straight out of the box," you need to do proper research when choosing the right kind of drone you want to buy.
Other factors to also bear in mind before buying your drones (aside from your level of experience or expertise) are:
● The flying capabilities of the drone.
● The camera that the drone can support
There are different kinds of drones for various levels of expertise:
For beginners wishing to explore the world of drone aerial photography, a quality and affordable learner drone are the SYMA X5C-1 RC Quadcopter. With a price range of about $60 it has a proper transmitter rather than the smaller, toy-like transmitters found on most cheaper models, and includes many spare parts.
The SYMA X5C-1 RC Quadcopter offers a cheap way to learn the basics of drone flight both indoors (if you have enough room) and outdoors when it is not too windy.
Thinking of going more professional, then you should be considering a drone with more professional results like those from DJI. At a price range of $549, the DJI Spark comes with a camera capable of video and 12MP still images, GPS positioning, 16 minutes flight time, and an FPV headset which lets you see what the drone’s camera can see.
If you’d prefer more camera options, perhaps using your mirrorless camera or a small DSLR, then look to the DJI Spreading Wings S1000+. It’s an octocopter, with eight motors/propellers, retractable, carbon-fibre legs, and is compatible with Zenmuse gimbals and gimballed cameras, as well as other third-party gimbals.
Obey Drone Flight Regulations in your Area
As exciting and compelling drone photography can be, it also comes with its concerns and worries, most of which bordering around safety and privacy. As a result, most cities have a set of rules and regulations to guide drone users within the area. Some of these rules stipulate how high you can take your drone and where you can shot or cannot shot images.
Before starting, make sure you read and understand these rules before taking your drone put on a flight. In the USA, for example, the FAA stipulated some rules and regulations for drone flight, especially when you are flying drones for commercial purposes. The rules also specified that you have to register your drone with the FAA, although the process is straightforward and cost just $5.
TIPS FOR GETTING CREATIVE WITH YOUR DRONE
Scout Out Area Before Shots:
Arbitrarily flying drones around and taking shots might seem ok, but it isn't professional. Before taking your drone on a photography flight, you should plan out your flight part and scout out the area.
The benefits of this are that it helps you to correctly map out how you take the shots, where you take shots to get maximum best results.
Fortunately, tools like Google Maps and Instagram can come in handy when searching out for potential beautiful landscapes for aerial photography.
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Know Your Drone:
If you're new to drone flight, getting a handle on controlling the drone can be quite tricky. It's essential then to get used to the controls, before attaching a camera to it.
Getting a feel of your drone before attaching anything to it would help you build confidence when you finally do connect a camera equally enabling you to maneuver quickly to get a better view for your images.
Also, in a case where you wish to make use of your drone camera, you must fully understand it's abilities and limitations. Drone cameras are usually structured for shooting splendid videos but can be very limited when it comes to taking still shots; hence, they are no match to the DSLRs that you are using as a photographer.
Start With The Automatic Mode:
Having used a digital camera to take pictures on different occasions and under various circumstances, you, as a professional photographer, would mostly have become familiar with the multiple settings in the camera.
However, when using a drone-mounted camera, it's advisable to shoot in automatic mode, relying on the camera's inbuilt auto-mode functions to guide you. This is preferable because the view mode you most times get in your mobile phone app is not an accurate picture of what the shot will be like.
Use The Bracketing Feature:
The Bracketing supports is a beautiful feature in the drone camera that gives you the luxury of choice. With this feature, every image is usually shot with different light intensity - an underexposed, overexposed variation and then the standard image. With these three image options, you can then pick the one that suits you best or even blend the exposures using post-processing software.
Fly Low For Better Shots:
Although meant to be used for aerial shots, drones can be used to capture fantastic images with having to fly so high. While most drones can fly as high as 400 ft, shots taken from levels as low as 100 - 150 ft are more spectacular with a sense of perspective.
There are exceptions to this though, especially if you want to take perfect top shots, then you do need to go as high as you can to cover the most area.
Drones are quickly taking over and becoming more mainstream in the photography industry not just for the numerous benefits it a avails photographers but also the fact that its really a fun way of taking photographs. In spite of issues of legality and privacy plague the advent of drones, it'll be interesting to discover what new use-cases of the drones the future lays bare.