What is Drone Photography?

Blog by: Sauvik Chatterjee

A photographer wishes to have the capability to reach any vantage point and angle for their photograph, but they always find their movement being limited. The introduction of drones has somewhat solved this issue as now a photographer can reach the skies or even some off-angle or vantage point with a drone camera. Professional photographers equipped with a drone can get work in various industries.

What is drone photography?

Still images and videos taken with the help of a drone that can fly is known as drone photography. A drone can also be called an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or an unmanned aircraft system (UAS). It enables a person to get a point of view that is not normally possible.

Tips and tricks for Drone photography

Keep an eye on the UAV forecast

Before taking your drone out for a flight to take pictures, you should check the UAV forecast. This informs you about the weather, off-limit areas, active GPS satellites, and many such things. You have to ensure your drone’s safety along with your own safety as well.

Use the RAW format

In post-processing, you would want your image data from the sensor to be uncompressed and lossless, so to get this versatility click photos in digital RAW format. Don’t worry if you are equipped with a high-end drone with a camera then it already supports RAW format. Though in the case of modular drones you should check whether it supports RAW format as the camera is changeable.

Use the third grid overlay for assistance

Any photographer must arrange all visual elements into the pictures he or she takes. The third grid overlay would help you check if the frame is properly composed with all the necessary elements. This would save you the time to crop your pictures in post-processing.

 A lower ISO would help

You should use a lower ISO in drone photography because drones have small sensors which cannot handle higher ISO settings. You’ll see that your images are properly exposed when you are using a lower ISO in a drone. If you find yourself in a shady or windy place don’t panic. Continue to use low ISO and instead use a slower shutter speed or open up your aperture further. This would let more light into the lens and you would get clean and sharp images.

Carry lens filters

You might face lighting issues with drone photography just as you do with ground photography. Install lens filters to your drone camera so that the light entering the camera lens can be controlled, colour can be enhanced and any reflection and glare can be lowered.

Take advantage of the drone’s eyes

A drone is an extension of your own eyes. A drone can see much more and can hold several more angles than you can. Utilize this to your advantage and take pictures of patterns that you are not able to capture on your own. Your images would get much more unique in this way.

Improvise and adapt

A photographer has to be ready for anything. Sometimes, you might not have a proper plan because of a change in shooting situations. You should not let this make you feel boxed in and instead make yourself aware of the environment you’re in. Use your creativity and put that environment and surroundings to good use. You might just end up with a wonder of a photograph.

Drone photography has seen significant growth in the past years and has had a huge impact on photography as a whole. You should evolve your own skill-set by learning this new form of photography. These tips would certainly help you stand out from the crowd and click better photographs with a drone.

Blog by: Sauvik Chatterjee


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