With drone photography becoming more and more popular in the last few years, photographers are also becoming more willing to get creative and experimental with their projects. So, if you’ve been looking to improve your drone photography and make the process easier, today’s photography cheat sheet features 10 useful tips you have to try today.
The tips below, put together by CreativeBin, covers the essentials of drone photography, whether you’re just getting into it or a bit further along into the craft. Some of these are also reminders on how to keep your gear safe, how to prepare for a shoot, and how to make the most out of the location you’re shooting in.
First, if your drone isn’t equipped with a high-resolution camera, consider upgrading to one, ideally with the capabilities to shoot in low-light and night as well. Likewise, invest only in high-quality parts and accessories if you want to make further upgrades. Next, before you even fly your drone, make sure you’re familiar with the drone rules and regulations of your location. Knowing where you can and can’t fly your drone is crucial to not getting fined or having your drone shot down. Also, get into the habit of doing pre-flight checks of your gear to make sure it’s in the best shape to shoot.
Apart from doing your research for locations with wide-open spaces, also take into account the weather conditions on the day of your shoot. Plan your shoot on clear and calm days to ensure great shots and footage. Also, take caution for areas with obstacles, extremely forested areas, buildings, and even birds, as these may cause problems during the shoot.
During the shoot, the infographic recommends shooting in GPS mode to stabilize your drone and avoid shaky shots, get to higher altitudes for sweeping shots, and shoot in first-person view so you get to see what your camera is viewing and can frame your shots accordingly. After the shoot, it’s best to do some post-processing to add your own creative touch and vision. Use your image editing software of choice to adjust the colors, brightness, and other visual elements as you see fit.
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