Aerial photography is a challenging art to pursue. In order to show the world amazing views of places that people rarely see, you must be willing to take your camera to new heights. And this is not just a figure of speech. You have to literally position your camera thousands of feet from the ground to take aerial photos.
Some of the techniques done by the earliest aerial photographers were tying their cameras to a balloon or kite. Because the military found the usefulness of aerial photography in the battlefield, aerial cameras to be attached to the floor of aircraft were invented. A pilot operates the aircraft. Now, aerial photography has found a place in the commercial industry. It is used for mapping land.
Thanks to technology, you do not have to buy an aircraft and learn how to fly it just to take aerial photos. There is a less expensive option in the market, and it is what we call today as drones. The creation of drones or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has encouraged more beginner photographers to try aerial photography and even videography. Attached to drones are small, lightweight yet high-resolution action cameras.
If you have bought the two essential equipment for aerial photography yet do not know how to operate them, do not worry. This article will guide you from flying your drone to capturing your first aerial photos.
How to fly a drone?
Understand your drone
Ever wonder how drones work unmanned? Drones come in different sizes and features, but all of them follow one principle to operate. Physics can explain how a drone can fly stably through a remote-control system. Rotors that act like fans are spinning in different directions so that they push the air down and fly in a vertical direction. Because of this, drones do not require a tail rotor as the Newton’s Third Law of Physics said.
Be familiar with the features of your drone and camera
The special features of your camera are there to make your drone flying experience easier. So, it really pays to know the advantages of using them. Some drones already have a camera while others only have a camera mount. Some have a follow me mode and other automatic features like adjusting in high wind and stabilizer. If you know what your drone and camera can and cannot do, you can expect that your aerial shots turn the way you want it.
Know your legal boundaries
Ever since the craze of drones began, there has been a number of strict regulations that every drone pilot or owner must comply with. You might have to obtain licenses to shoot in some areas of the country.
How to capture aerial photos using a drone?
Practice, practice, practice
First, fly your drone without mounting the camera to test its speed, distance, and the battery’s longevity. Practice how each movement is made until you get the hang of it. If you are now confident with your piloting skills, then it is time to try snapping photos in the air.
Adjust settings beforehand
While it is possible to edit and salvage photos using editing software, it still better to get them right before they went to post-prod. You can utilize drone applications that allow you to adjust the settings during the flight.