You might be wondering:
How do people manage to create amazingly detailed photos that are imaginative and eye-opening?
Talent will always play an essential part in how any photographer or artist manages to capture the details of the moment. However, one of the most exciting developments used these days in photography is the use of a drone – the high-flying camera that is able to gain unique access to viewpoints.
These days, drones are widely available, but it gets even better. They are user-friendly, fun and capable of reinventing the way you look at landscapes. That being said, here are some tips to maximize your time in the air.
Before getting into this, it’s essential to note that some technical aspects will be different from drone to drone. However, as a general rule of thumb, the same principles can be widely applied. First and foremost, you will need to ensure that you have calibrated the drone compass once you have reached your location. What’s more, you have to do this for each new area (i.e., beach, mountain). This tip has more to do with avoiding GPS confusion and potentially losing this somewhat expensive piece of equipment.
Secondly, give yourself and your drone a couple of minutes to adjust to being in the air instead of flying straight up. In other words, be patient and hover over the ground before blasting its propellers on (i.e., at least 15 to 30 seconds before going up). This will allow the drone enough time to safely and securely land in case of an emergency or malfunction.
Enjoy the Beauty of Raw Landscapes
Expert photographers always advise newbies to shoot in a raw format and if needed, adjusting the colors and exposure while indoors. Having said that, the same applies to a drone. There is something unique about focusing on the natural beauty of the outdoors, rather than fiddling with buttons.
You might even choose to later on print the photo using a higher resolution and becoming easily disappointed with not being able to use the full power of post-processing options. In other words, shoot raw and think of other details later.
Search for Symmetry
Drones create a bird’s eye view and we can’t help but revel in the beauty of a landscape we rarely get to see. Symmetry is everywhere, including a town square, a complex of flats or houses, or a park you walk by each day.
You might even surprise yourself with the plethora of unusual patterns found when viewed from above. To make life easier, use Google Maps, which is a high starting point for finding locations that are worth visiting.
Capture the Uniqueness of Shadows
As a drone owner, you have to embrace shadows and the beautiful results they yield. Unlocking your wildest imagination and utterly changing the landscape, shadows seem to stretch out into massive silhouettes – especially as the sun slowly goes down before sunset.
Shadows are one of the most beautiful aspects of drone pictures and if done right, you will be able to create an entire story by using something we innately have.
Seasoned photographers always recommend shooting with the lowest possible ISO, as this is capable of significantly minimizing the noise and grain in photos. In the daytime, there is no need to use a high ISO, mainly because there is a lot of light available in your surroundings. By contrast, in low-light shooting conditions, finding the right balance is the key to not having an incredibly grainy image.
Flip the Perspective
While many people use drones these days, few understand the privilege we have in experiencing the world from a different perspective: from above! This aerial view can help shape marvelous illusions, even from the most common or banal of things. For example, ask your friends to merely lay on the green grass and strike any pose they desire.
Afterwards, use your drone and transform an ordinary habit, position, wall, or bench and give life to the illusion of leaping from one frame to the other. Impress your audience with your out-of-the-box thinking and create a visual trick.
Shoot the Horizon
Trying different angles involving your shadow is one thing, but nobody can argue the beauty of the horizon. In fact, it’s time to combine some of the previously mentioned tips now and shape a breathtaking view that will be the piece resistance of your living room. From high contrast to shadows, weird shapes and symmetry, there is no stopping the multitude of combinations that will set you apart.
With hard-to-reach angles and a lovely perspective of what our Earth has to offer, a horizon picture taken with your drone will give more depth and life to your image and imagination.
If you bear in mind these tips, there’s no doubt that you’ll soon be flying out all day, looking for the ideal shoot, the most robust curves, or the beauty of symmetry.
One thing to remember:
Have the confidence to use your drone and play around. And, our last piece of advice is always to pack a set of extra batteries.