Photography is a hobby, and a profession, for those who like to look for the beauty in every scene they’re watching, whether it’s food, portrait, landscape, or any other type of photography a photographers role is to look for the beauty in the scene and to present the current scene in the most fascinating way possible.
Drones are one tool in the photographers arsenal that helps him extract the beauty out of the scene, and it’s pretty powerful and helpful tool, it gives the photographer a whole new dimension and angles to take pictures from which allows much more room for creativity and brilliance to show up. In this article we will give you some helpful tips that will help you take the most brilliant images with your drone.
Tip #1: Stay Low
In landscape photography staying low can allow you to capture great images and footage, it allows the camera to see the contours of the landscape and it shows depth, size, and shape in a way that you can’t see from high up.
That being said, it’s important to consider the height of your drone relative to the object, the angle, and the limits of your drone, if you want to have a wide angle that includes lots of objects in the image it will be mandatory to capture the image from high up, it’s also important to consider the limitations of your drone so you don’t lose it, though most reputable drones would have an automatic return at home function.
Tip #2: Practice Exposure Bracketing
The dynamic range of the small sensors of the cameras of drones is not very good so you will have to practice drone exposure a lot more to get the right exposure you’re looking for or to even be able to compose the right exposure from the captured images post production.
Exposure bracketing involves taking multiple exposures of the same scene, some being underexposed and some being overexposed so you can record much larger dynamic range and then take those bracketed exposures and blend them together into one image in post-production.
Tip #3: Timing Is essential
When you’re packing for a drone photography trip consider the time that you will go for that trip because time has a relation with the amount of light you’re going to be dealing with, there’s a specific hour that most photographers love to take photos within that’s called “the golden hour” this hour is the sunrise and the sunset hours of the day the light at this hour tends to be warmer and softer which gives the landscape a beautiful glow.
Tip #4: Consider A Stabilizier
Flying a drone might seem like a simple task but what you probably don’t know is that the drone has to fight against the wind each moment it’s up in the air, and this resistance causes the drone to vibrate and to shake which results in a shaky photos and footage, a 3-axis gimbal is critical to stabilize the camera against vibration and shake as it isolates the camera from the vibrations of the drone so it allows you to take the best shots possible.
These were the essential tips that will allow you to unleash the drone photographer inside you, there’s a lot more to learn so keep looking forward to educate yourself about drone photography.
Now over to you, what tips and tricks would you give to a novice drone photographer and what would you advice them to do?