The drone’s unique perspective can make it possible to capture great pictures, but that doesn’t guarantee the best. A scene can’t be improved by a dreamy shallow field or blurred clouds. In aerial drone photography, a great picture can only be made if the subject is given enough attention to make it.
These are some of the tips and tricks that many professionals use as aerial photographers. We hope they will help you get the best shots possible from your next shoot.
1. Make something out of nothing
Look for anything that is not in place when flying over what may appear to be an uninteresting landscape. This should be the subject of your image. Place it at one of the three intersecting points (the rule of thirds). To make it more prominent in an abstract final image, you can use post-processing to highlight the colours.
2. Fly your drone even if you don’t think there’s any point
Don’t assume that a scene or object will look better from the air if it doesn’t look good at ground level. Many man-made landscapes and structures are drawn and designed in plan form. These structures often have attractive aesthetic features or strong geometric shapes and patterns. It doesn’t matter what you see from ground level, turn on the drone and take a look.
3. Use ATTI Mode to fly
Sometimes the drone might lose its GPS signal. In these cases, the aircraft will automatically change to ATTI (attitude) mode. This can be very alarming and disturbing. ATTI mode will keep the drone stable and lock the flight altitude precisely. ATTI mode may be more efficient for some drones. This performance advantage can be exploited when needed. The signal can be weakened by tall buildings, mountains, and hills as the drone searches for satellites.
4. Pan with the drone for high-quality megapixel images
Current standards indicate that most camera drones have a lower megapixel count than their SLR or CSC counterparts. This can cause a loss of detail and limit the size of your images. This problem can be overcome by flying over your subject in a coordinated fashion and taking a series of shots. These images can then be easily stitched together using photo editing software programs.
5. Think ahead and decide how to process the scene later
Even though we do a thorough inspection of the weather reports before we travel, sometimes the conditions we see are not what we expected. Don’t let this discourage you! Think about how you might process the image to create an atmosphere and mood. To create a dark image, use the dodge and burn tool. A strong vignette can be added to the frame to keep the eye focused on the subject and create an enclosure-like feeling.
6. Use the Thirds Grid Overlay to compose your shot
Low-megapixel sensors require that you get the composition right in the camera before you take the shot. This will prevent unnecessary cropping. You will lose precious pixels if you depend on cropping or rotating the image in post-processing to correct the composition. Use the thirds grid if your ground station app allows you to see it to help with your composition. You can also use the overlay grid to help you get your shots straight.
7. Use Google Maps to find new locations
Finding new locations to aerial photography Melbourne can be difficult, especially if you are using a drone. Some restrictions limit the areas you can fly. Google Maps is a great tool to help you find interesting compositions in the landscape. Don’t be afraid to ask the landowners for permission to fly. The hobby will not be socially unacceptable if it is done safely and legally.
Conclusion Aerial photography offers a unique perspective that isn’t available from a helicopter or plane. Drones are easy to fly and allow you to both stay on the ground while taking your camera into the air. Using these tips can help you get breathtaking aerial shots.