Improve Your Creativity with Drone Photography

Jean Dennison
January 25, 2017
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Whether you’re a professional or an amateur, there are a number of people who use photography to explore their creativity. And, like anything related to technology, photography continues to grow and change as new technologies enter the field. First it was digital cameras, then DSLRs, then camera phones. The latest technology that’s blowing up the photography and video world right now is drones.

What is Drone Photography?

Drones are also known as unmanned aerial vehicles. Remember those battery power airplanes and helicopter toys you had as a kid? A drone is essentially a high-tech version of that as it can fly much higher, farther, and faster. Plus, they also come equipped with cameras for photography, video or cinematography.

As drones become more popular, so is drone or aerial photography. Aerial photography allows you to take stunning landscape shots from high distances that just aren’t possible with a regular camera.

If you’re new to drone photography or want to learn more about it, we’ve put together a list of tips to get you started:

Learn About Your New Instrument

If you’ve never used a drone before, there will definitely be a learning curve. Not only do you have to learn how to control it when it’s dozens of hundreds of feet away from you, you also have to learn how to take photos with it. Be sure to practice, practice, and practice some more to get the hang of drone photography.

Also, be aware of your location when you’re practicing. A crowded park or beach may not be the best choice. Try an empty field, so that you can easily keep track of your drone as you practice.

Always Consider the Weather

Try to find optimal conditions for your drone photography.  Weather conditions like wind and rain can damage a drone, so be sure to take photos on clear, calm days.

Watch Out for Legal Issues

Did you know that there are some legal limits to flying drones? They can’t be flown over a certain amount of feet and you also can’t fly them near other aircrafts. Double-check the rules and regulations regarding drones and photography in your city and country before you start practicing and taking photos.

Because of the wide reach a drone photo has, you should also ensure you’re not breaking any privacy laws when photographing cityscapes, farms, or other subjects that can be considered someone else’s private property.

Get the Right Equipment

Like DSLR cameras, drones vary in terms of capabilities and technology, so you need to make sure to choose a drone that’s right for you. If you’re new to the drone photography game, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is a great choice because it has an intuitive flight system, built-in camera, and live HD view. With it, you have everything you need to start taking pictures.

For those with slightly more experience with drone flying and photography, the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is a better choice. It provides an intelligent flying system, better pictures, lower noise, and greater clarity. Plus, it shoots 2.7K video at up to 30 frames per second.

Professionalsshould choose the DJI Phantom 3 Professional. The Professional is more intelligent, more powerful, and can shoot 4K video at up to 30 frames per second.

Professionals and hobbyists alike can use the DJI Phantom 3 4K. It can capture crisp and clear 4K images and video (even in areas with weak GPS) and can also fly indoors. It’s designed for anyone whether you have experience in drone photography or not.

Story source:Photography Life, Tech Radar, Digital Photography School

Featured image source:Digital Photography School

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