Have you been considering getting a drone so you can do some cool aerial photography? This is something that a lot of people are getting into these days. There are so many great shots you can get with a drone that you would not be able to get otherwise. You can capture viewpoints that are completely unique, and get some pretty amazing shots. All you have to do is get yourself a drone, and you can start capturing those unique images right away.
Fly Straight Out of The Box
One of the great things about using a drone is that you can start using it immediately. Simply open the box, charge up the battery, download the proper app to your phone (such as Hover, RCFlyMaps, 3D Robotics Tower), and start flying and taking pictures. But, if you want to get the best shots, remember, there is going to be a bit more involved. You need to use common sense when flying a drone, and it is best to start out with limitations, such as a height limitation, until you get used to using a drone, camera, and app.
Drone Photography Tips
Before you get right into drone photography, there are a few tips you should know about that will help you to capture the best shots. For instance, you should start in a wide open space at first, such as a field or a park, where you can get the feel of the drone and its controls without having to worry about getting in the way of anything. Once you get used to the controls, then you can start playing with the camera. Here are some more tips to help you get some amazing aerial photos.
- Get A Decent Drone – While there are loads of cheap quadcopters out there, it is a better idea to spend a bit more money and get a better quality drone. The cheaper models tend to not have much stabilization control, so you end up with shaky or blurred images and videos. Get a model that is sturdy and has a reliable gimbal (the support system that controls the camera). A hexacopter is a good choice, because it has six motors and propellers. Also, read useful drones review comparison on PC MAG to choose the right one for you.
- Get Professional Training – If you are really interested in getting into drones and drone photography, you can get professional training from providers like UAVAIR, UAV Coach and Unmanned Vehicle University. Check these sites to learn more about training and certification.
- Use The Right Camera – If you want clean, clear shots, use a DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex) camera. But, if you want a longer battery life, use a GoPro. A DSLR gives you about 10 minutes of time, while a GoPro gives you 25 minutes. Just remember that the images aren’t as high quality with the GoPro. Always be sure to carry extra batteries with you.
- Consider Weather and Time of Day – Try shooting at various times of the day to see what the best lighting is going to be. Sunrise and sunset are good, because you get some awesome shadows and visible terrains. Avoid shooting in the wind and rain.
- Follow All Rules – In most countries, there are rules and regulations regarding the use of drones and cameras. Common rules include drones always being in your line of sight, flying at a maximum height of 133 metres, never flying over gatherings of people, respecting the privacy of others, and not flying near airports and no-fly zones. Check drone safety rules for United States of America, Canada and United Kingdom.
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