1-Practice to get Experience

Controlling and adjusting drone are difficult at the initial stage. Make it as an everyday hobby, so that you get lots of practice in flying the drone.

The left stick is throttle (up/down) and yaw (left/right). The right stick is pitch and roll. Always focus on one throttle and then mix in new elements one at a time.

Cases like drone getting flown out of view, difficulties in landing, getting hit by wind and other scenario may be faced. Check your drone before flying it.

Practice makes man perfect! Yes all that you need is to spend more time exploring exciting settings and capturing ability of the drone.

2. Apt Equipment

3. Choose the Best Subject

Choice of place to be shot and the capture content counts a lot in photography. Choose places like landscapes, plot of land, thick forest, mountain peak and other wonders in nature.
For attractive drone videography set for certain angle and focus at the center of your subjects. Experiment with different angles and try to build up a storytelling videography.
Pictures shot at ground level and higher angle seem to be less interesting. Set your drone for perfect angles so that you can present visually impact photography.

4. Usage of Grids & Strips

Check for the settings of your drone which help you in getting better images. These grids and stripes assist you in composing the shots, usage of rule of thirds and to get perfect framing. Make sure you turn on the zebra line setting to protect your image from being over bright or overexposed. To obtain focused and high prime drone images, make use of proper grids and stripes.

5. Capture with RAW & Color Profile

Colour adjustment plays a major role in getting an exceptional image. In your Drone check for colour profile settings, where you will find number of colour profiles. Select D-Log or D-Cinelike, this will help in changing the colour intensity but rises dynamic range for post-processing editing. This gives clear picture and maximum amount of subject information during editing your image or video. As a drawback, this setting makes the image dull and looks washed-out.
Next is the RAW mode, which is a file format that shoots all the tiny details that are recorded by sensor when you take an image. Here no information is compressed and hence they produce high quality images. This format is advantageous than using a JPEG file format.
“Today everything exists to end in a photograph” Choose the best setting to capture a visually impact image.

6. AEB and ND Filters

Number of issues counters in drone photography. Be thankful to DJI, since it has the AEB button (Auto Exposure Bracketing) which aid in getting right levels in your shot. It takes sequential photos with different exposure so that you can select the one you require and edit to get a HDR image.

The ND Filters (Neutral Density Filter) is the primary need in your drone photography. This will help you shoot in sunny conditions. The ND filters absorbs the light while preserving and hence acts as Raybans for your drone. Using ND filters you can take out extra light and can control exposure of your photos. They are available in various intensities, most used one are ND8 and ND16 filters.
You can use editing software like Adobe Lightroom to get best images.

As they say “Your first 10000 photographs are your worst”- Henri Cartier, always try practicing your best until you get a standout image. Make drone as a part of your schedule and take time in exploring the wide nature. Your next post in social media may be the one you clicked!

Everything you need to know about Drone Photography

If you want to learn how to get started with drone photography then you’re at the right place. Drone photography and videography has made impossible things possible with its abilities to capture the glimpses from above. In this article, we will briefly touch upon drone’s major advantages in various photography niche, how to start them right, and also the effective tips to shoot with the drones. Every concept here is explained in simplified manner so that you can implement the same in the near future. So, let’s get on with the article now.

Why need a drone and what makes it special?

Creative perspectives – You have already seen a picture of a home. But, have you seen them from above? A drone provides a chance to see the various subjects from different perspectives giving a unique feel for you. It makes impossible things possible and also provides a platform to be creative by making you explore new things. You can capture photos from different dimensions, where it was not possible before introducing drones.

Why need a drone and what makes it special?
The picture was taken from Max Pixel

Note: Drones are increasingly becoming popular in various photography fields like weddings, events, real estate, travel, and landscape photography. Hence, if you have not yet started, start learning them right now, and be a tech-savvy photographer.

How to get started with Drones?

People often wonder handling drones can be a complex affair. But, it is not. However, little learning is required in order to get your drone photography started in the right way. So, below mentioned are some important aspects towards drone photography that are explained in simplified ways.

Registration – First of all, you must know the reason why you want to use a drone (Ex, for recreation, commercial use, public safety or any other matters). After knowing what type of drone flier you are, read and understand the drone regulations of your country and also the procedures which you must follow.

In the U.S, the drone which is weighed above 0.55 pounds must be registered and the cost for registration would be $5 and the age of an individual must be at least 13 years old. If not above 13, an authorized adult must register on behalf of the individual. So, each country has a different set of regulations, follow them accordingly, register, and have fun with your drone.

We have mentioned links for a few countries regulation systems for the unmanned aerial vehicle.
United Kingdom
United States
Canada
Australia
Russia

Learning to fly – A drone will have a joystick to control it. A joystick contains two controllers; one for directions and other for moving up and down. Initially, start practicing with a toy drone. ‘Harder to control, better you can master with them.’ The main thing about drone is to control and get them at right spots where you intend it to be. So, to accomplish this first, you have to know how to control a drone. Here is the useful demo video by Chadd RainsFPV about ‘learning to fly’ where you can look upon. After practicing with a toy drone, you can get on with a fancy one for your commercial or recreational purposes.

Observe your drone – As said above, initially start flying with a toy or a lesser priced drone. Keep an eye on your drone where it is going. This is just common sense but, it must be remembered although. It can be monitored directly by watching it. But, this works only when it is nearer to you. When you send the drone faraway, you obviously need a smart device attached to the controller for monitoring. Hence, you get to see what exactly the drone is observing. Always keep an eye of it and be concentrated. ‘Good concentration towards screen can get you better views.’ ‘Better handling (controller) skills can make composition better and get you the images as intended.’ So, practice first, then roll on with good fancy drone and make nice revenue of it, if you’re going to be a commercial photographer.

Be cautious about restricted areas – There are certain areas where you’re not allowed to use the drone. So, read the dos and don’ts of your country’s regulations towards areas where unmanned aerial vehicles are not allowed. Be away from getting fined.

B4UFLY is an app which provides details about the restricted areas for drones. There are so several other apps which you can download the most effective one by looking at the reviews. So, please have thorough research about the restricted areas before having a fly.

Tips to shoot with drones

Tips to shoot with drones
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  1. Always ensure you’re shooting in RAW – Ensure before buying a drone, the RAW feature is available in it. The due reason is RAW format allows you to shoot what exactly you see on the camera. In other terms, it captures each data (Information). So, capturing in RAW set-up enables you to post-process the images effectively.
  2. Utilize Bracketing – Initially, before buying you need to ensure the drone has an Auto Exposure bracketing (AEB) feature. This allows you to shoot multiple images with different exposures (another term is called High Dynamic Range – HDR). Later, you can combine all the HDR images by using Adobe Photoshop or any other software. Various images are combined by expert photo editors that are shot in different range to make it a single perfectly exposed image, then the final photo retouching is done to make the image more attractive.
  3. Make use of Filters – During difficult lighting conditions, lens filters play a significant role to control the lights. It favors photographers in different ways. For example, the filter removes unnecessary glares in the images, overpowers the reflections, and also helps to increase the quality of colors. To know more details about different filters, visit Adorama which has been beautifully written by Allen Rokach with Anne Millman.
  4. Auto Exposure Mode or Manual Mode – Any camera cannot make miracles by exposing everything accurately at the same time. The advantage of Manual mode is that you can set according to you, test them with your customized settings and produce good results. Auto exposure mode works according to the ambient light which is available. For example, light exposure might keep changing when you move the drone to different directions or regions which has varying lightings due to climate conditions, and when you set the camera to Auto exposure mode, it adapts to that light of that region and the settings keep changing accordingly to get good visibility of that particular region’s view. This technique would certainly not be pleasant when you’re capturing a video. It might go good for capturing the photos but certainly not for videos. Therefore, during this situation manual mode can be better to keep your exposure consistent for every view.
  5. Use Tripod Mode – For making the video feel like a cinematic, set it into tripod mode. This technique is very impactful when you want to capture a glimpse of a real estate, wedding, architecture, or a landscape.
  6. Always use Lower ISO – Drones have smaller sensors. Hence, do not set your ISO to the higher range which can produce noise while capturing. Try to limit your ISO to 100. Unless you would be shooting at night, there is not in any requirement of increasing the ISO.
  7. Make use of Rule of Thirds for Composition – As you know, the composition is the most important part of photography. The visual elements in the frame, colors, and the spacing between each element play a significant role in the composition. In drone photography, you don’t get enough time to capture. The present drone capacity limits to fly is around 30 minutes. Hence, it is a must to get the right photo captured at the first approach itself. So, it is good to make use of the rule of thirds for making everything right in one frame.
Rule of Thirds for Composition
The picture was taken from Pixabay and Photo by Mgattorna

Add-on Tips

  1. Utilize Google Earth and know the best places to capture.
  2. Look for symmetry and patterns from above. The positive of the drone is that you can explore something which is not seen before.
  3. When shooting with your drone, you will have various opportunities to play with the lights and shadows. The elements look completely different when you shoot from above. The shadows of buildings, architectures, tree reflections in a river can look blistering. So, seek out for it.

Ultimately, if you accurately follow the procedures to get started with the drone and learn the tips to shoot which are mentioned above, you can lead a successful session in drone photography. Moreover, it is good to post-process the images if you’re a commercial photographer.