Finding new and unique perspectives is a great way to create interesting and attractive photos. Sometimes this is a different emotional or cultural perspective. However, in the case of drone photography, this is actually a new perspective of the world around us. Every day scenes and locations become fresh and fascinating because we have never seen them, and in many cases, they were never intended to be seen.
About a year ago, I started to get into drone photography. To be honest, I felt a little bit fashionable at first. I’m wrong. When I started to encounter more and more amazing images taken by drones, I couldn’t help but dance and make one myself. I have no regrets for a second! This is a fresh air, a huge challenge, a lot of fun. Here are some tips I mentioned along the way.
1. Be prepared
It is very important that you are flying your drone with 100% comfort and confidence so that you can concentrate on shooting without worrying about hitting the nearest trees and/or lakes. Take your time when you learn for the first time. Be sure to understand all the functions and settings of the drone, especially the flight and control settings.
If your drone supports changing the control configuration, please try alternatives to see what is natural to you.
2.Find the right location
Many places and subjects seem to be drones or excessive, which can produce great drone photography subjects, so the best advice is not to exclude anything unless you are in the air. That said, knocking out Google Maps/Earth may be a good way to find locations where you can make aerial shots, because you basically preview what you can capture.
3. Personally, I have found success in establishing mini road trips around drone photography. Get out of the city and explore. Take the scenic route. Keep your eyes peeled in interesting positions and stop frequently. As with more traditional photography, time is also important. Shooting during prime time will make your drone shots look great, and long shadows will look particularly eye-catching.
But before setting off, don’t forget to check your weather forecast and make sure it doesn’t fly too much.
4. Pay attention to exposure
Getting the correct exposure with your drone can be a bit tricky. The cameras on most consumer drones do not meet the standards of conventional equipment, so you need to be more careful. In addition to the usually lower resolution and more limited camera dynamic range, you can also shoot on a mobile phone or tablet, in the sun, with the drone’s highly compressed real-time video stream. not ideal. However, with some precautions, you will be fine.
First of all, I always shoot RAW. If you miss the exposure, after the fact, you need extra space to fix it.
If your drone supports exposure bracketing, please use it. Bracketing allows your camera to make 3 or 5 exposures every time you tap the shutter-one exposure at the current exposure setting, and two stops up and down twice. In the end you will get more photos to sort out, but you will be more likely to have a perfect exposure.
Finally, if the histogram can be displayed on the screen, please do this. It will give you a more precise idea of how to expose your shots than your phone screen.
5. Look for simple shapes and patterns
Shooting from a high altitude with a wide-angle lens-especially when shooting straight-means that large objects like trees, cars and even buildings become smaller. This can create some great patterns and textures. It can also cause confusion without a clear theme. I find that looking for large, simple geometric shapes and patterns is a great way to form a clear and understandable image.
A winding road, carved through a sea of trees. The coastline that neatly divides the coastline from the sea A lone car broke the pattern of the empty parking lot.
There are many things you can take from a high place. Simplifying it with basic shapes and contrasting textures will help your audience digest what they see. Use two feet on the ground to show the audience larger shapes and patterns.
6.Fix your screen
When the camera is hovering 50 meters above the ground and watching a small screen in the sun, it may be more challenging to configure the camera as a direct camera. Drones are very good at keeping flying in the air, but they are not perfect, especially in the wind. Coupled with the direction of the gimbal, it gives you a skewed horizon and getting a clean, straight lens becomes a task.
Please be sure to correct your vision and other lines later. Correcting your symmetry and doing some perspective correction can make a dramatic difference.
When shooting, leave some space at the edge of the shot so that some rotation and angle of view corrections can be made without damaging the composition. But be careful not to go too far, because the relatively low pixel count of drone cameras means that your crop can only go too far.
7. Bring a friend
Sometimes when you shoot with a drone, it helps to have an extra pair of hands and eyes. In addition to speeding up your installation and disassembly time (it depends on your own drone), friends can help monitor the drone, and you focus on what is coming from the camera. In addition, if you are in rough terrain, your friends can catch your drone for landing. It sounds scary, but it’s easy, especially with a large drone like the Mirage.