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.
If you are just getting started in photography but you have no idea where to start, or perhaps you have been clicking with your camera for a while but wish to hone your skills, the following tips will help you.
- Know your camera – prior to start learning about photography, you should first get familiar to your camera, so that you can look for relevant camera settings. If your main camera is a DSLR, you should go through all the DSLR basics; learn about the different terminology and their functions. Whatever camera you have, nothing is more important than to adequately familiarize yourself with the full potential and functionality of the device. Learn everything you can about how to operate and utilize the best modes at exactly the right times. Experiment with the available options on your Speedlite image stabilizer, etc.
- Use wide-angle lenses for environmental portraits – while these are great for capturing environmental portraits when you want to show a live subject within a particular context, they may not be the best option when taking close-ups as they distort facial features and create unflattering pictures.
A better option for portraits is either a short telephoto lens or a regular lens. The focal lengths of a classic portrait for a full-frame camera are 50 millimeter, 85 millimeter prime lenses with a 70-20 millimeter zoom.
- Keep taking photos – The best way to learn to see creatively is to photograph more. The reason being the more pictures you take and the more time you spend improving your photography, the more you will begin to see things you normally wouldn’t. The eyes of a true artist or photographer visualize patterns, shapes, color and light when strolling down an ally or across a street. Treat everything as a potential picture whenever you are out with your camera.
Like any skill, photography skills also take time to master. Whether your interest is simply for fun or professional, having some solid photography skills can be beneficial. At the very least, you will be able to click better portfolio of your work – and you will be able to improve your professional work as well. Let’s take a look at top 5 tips that will greatly enhance your photography skills.
1. Select an Interesting Subject
You can find interesting subjects everywhere. You just need to look for them. From a simple street scene to a stormy landscape, to a cute puppy or a flower in your garden. For inspiration, just walk around your neighborhood with a camera, and you will surely find something worth capturing.
2. Pay Close Attention to the Quality of Light
Light has a great impact on how your photography turns out. You need to understand the two aspects of lighting, which is the color of the light and how diffused/harsh the light is.
3. Check the Exposure
One of the key advantages of digital photography is that it allows you to check the image on the camera’s rear LCD. When clicking photos, make sure to check the level of exposure, i.e., not too bright nor too dark. Even though modern cameras have a sophisticated auto, they may not always get it right.
4. Keep It Steady
Blurry photos are not fun. The secret to avoiding shake is to either use a solid support such as a tripod or a fast shutter speed. If using shutter speed makes your photos turn out darker, then increase your camera’s ISO setting.
5. Study Photos
See what you like and dislike in others’ photos. Ask yourself what would you improve in those pictures, and take notes for future reference.
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