With the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, the idea of aerial filming has been greatly simplified and has become economical. Hollywood movies, Sporting events political addresses and press conferences are commonly making use of this type of photography these days. In fact, it drone photography has become a hobby for many these days. To become a drone photographer you need to acquire the following equipment
- A high resolution camera (in-case your drone does not come with a built in one), for example: canon 5 ds
- Stabilizer (for external cameras that can vibrate after being fixed to a drone)
Once you have acquired the above equipment, you are ready for experiencing an amazing aerial view from your unmanned aerial vehicle. It is advised that you initially buy a relatively cheap devise which can cost you below $100 just to brush up your skills.
Once you have practiced a bit (with or without any accidents) you can buy a fully assembled model which can cost around $500 or more. If you are the tech-savvy person, you can buy an unassembled kit with instructions to build your favorite aerial vehicle.
Tips to Take Great Aerial Photos
- Practice makes perfect and you will need it to achieve perfection in drone photography.
- Look for online blogs to explore amazing resources and competition available in this field.
- Make sure you are aware of all the indicator lights and what each of them means.
- Be sure to check the batteries before starting your task.
- Before deciding the day of event, make sure you are aware of the weather forecast.
- When taking pictures, keep in mind the direction of the sun. Choosing the wrong direction can result in shadows.
- Shoot footage and take pictures in RAW format to leave margin for magical touches during editing and enhancing.
- Use bracketing so you can work with multiple pictures and come up with a perfect shot with proper highlights and shadows.
- Keep your ISO settings to the lowest possible configuration available on your camera. This keeps away the noise and graininess from your images.
Before you start taking the awesome shots from your drone, it is always recommended that you keep the drone suspended in the air. If anything is about to go wrong, let it go wrong while the drone is still within your reach.