26 Feb How to take the perfect drone photo – 9 essential tips
The science of flight has come a long way since the days of the Wright Brothers. Put that together with the advances in photography in the last century and you have a powerful tool in drone photography. However, the quality of the photographs that result from our efforts may prove less than great. So take some tips from the experts to kick up the quality of your
photographs and make them more interesting.
We all know how to take pictures with our feet planted firmly on terra firma, but drone photography presents us with a different challenge, a very different perspective. That very point of view from high above the earth can give us a WOW! factor we could never get with land-based photography.
As in any photography, we need to take several elements into consideration such as the technical aspects, creativity, and
composition. For great pictures, you have to choose a quadcopter with a camera with the best options and abilities you can afford.
- Do some research on the web.
- Ask your friends.
- Go to a store that carries such equipment and hold it in your hands.
- Ask questions and then make your decision.
Once you have your camera-equipped drone, know and obey the rules and regulations regarding drones and drone photography. Know where you can fly and where the law prohibits your presence. In addition, common sense tells us to always bring spare batteries, parts and equipment. You never know how much life the batteries in your drone have left and they could run out at any time. Don’t waste a good day of shooting because your batteries went dead or because a key part failed.
That said, let’s address the creative aspects of drone photography with Nine Tips that could get you thinking outside the box
and into this different perspective.
Tip #1: Photograph scenes with contrasting colors.
The human eye can differentiate up to a million colors. Your camera isn’t that good, but use it to its best advantage to entertain the eyes.
Tip #2: Take an overhead selfie with an interesting background.
You may see yourself in a whole different way.
Tip #3: Pay attention to objects and their shadows from overhead.
They can paint a picture no one has ever seen before.
Tip #4: Look for odd shapes and colors that create a mood.
Feel free to photograph the abstract, just as an artist paints colorful abstract shapes.
Tip #5: Don’t just photograph from straight overhead.
Shoot the horizon. The landscape or cityscape can give you great
pictures at different times of the day.
Tip #6: Photograph scenes with repetition such as over a suburban neighborhood (if allowed by law).
As humans, we find such repetition oddly satisfying.
Tip #7: Take advantage of this different perspective and ask your friends to pose on the ground doing some odd thing that would ordinarily look as though their actions defy gravity.
Using nearby objects can accentuate the effect.
Tip #8: Go out into the country and take a photograph of farmers’ fields with distinct lines of demarcation.
Again, as human beings, we like to see that sort of thing.
Tip #9: Some drone cameras have a feature that allows you to take panoramas.
Learn how to use it to create extraordinary stills and videos.
As you may imagine, this list does not include every tip for taking great drone pictures, but it’s a start. The more you do it, the
better you’ll get at it, and the more your creativity will kick in. So good luck, and happy flying.