Photography Cheat Sheet: Tips for Aerial Photography Using Drones

Thinking of venturing into drone photography? Today’s photography cheat sheet has some useful tips to help you get started.

The advent of drone photography was a blessing for aerial photography enthusiasts and professionals and continues to be a popular approach to capturing sweeping vistas and stunning scenery. Since there are budget and pro drone cameras available today, it’s easy to see why more and more photographers have been picking it up. if you’re set to get your own drone camera soon, you may find today’s photography cheat sheet useful for your practice.

The infographic below, shared by Infogrades and put together by DronoMag (archived page) and features some useful tips to help budding photographers get the best out of their drone captures and footage. Since you’re not only taking photos and videos but also controlling the drone, a shoot can be very challenging, especially for beginners. This photography cheat sheet should be able to serve as your quick guide to the basic dos and don’ts of drone photography.

There are now countless drone options that fit every need and budget, and most of them now come with built-in cameras. Make sure to do your research to get the one with the best features and capabilities that will give you great results for a good price. You won’t need something very high-end yet if you’re still a beginner. But it would be a good idea to narrow your choices down to a model with good flight time for your practice, a decent megapixel count, and low light capabilities.

One of the first things you should definitely master is flying the drone smoothly and effortlessly. You should be able to maneuver it through buildings, trees, and transition between different heights. This is crucial for capturing stills and footage from various angles and unique locations, so you might want to practice flying your equipment until you’re already comfortable with all the controls.
Planning also takes a big chunk of drone photography. While you’re still learning the ropes of piloting your drone, make sure to choose flying locations with as much open space as possible, away from tall buildings and structures, heavy woodlands, and birds (they can and will attack your drone!). It would be best to scout for locations first so you can map out your flight path and take note of possible obstacles like electrical lights and tall trees. Don’t forget to account for the weather and check reports for the days you are planning to shoot.
Other tips to take note of include using GPS mode to let your copter hover and stabilize itself, including shots and footage at higher altitudes, and using a gimbal and balancing the propellers to make sure your photos are sharp throughout the flight and your footage has smooth transitions.
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