Bird’s-Eye View with Drone Photography

Life is about perspective and how you look at something… ultimately, you have to zoom out ~ Whitney Wolfe Herd

From weddings and archaeology to environmental studies and movie production – drones have revolutionized and evolved photography! It has made it easier to capture aerial photographs of some of the world’s most amazing and hard to reach places.

As a photographer, it empowers you to discover and delight the viewers with never-before-seen perspectives of places, events across the globe. If you have good post-processing skills (in Lightroom/Photoshop), it will help you get the most out of your drone photos.

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Photo by Brandon Bester (Pic after post processing in Lightroom)
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Photo by Brandon Bester (Original pic as shot – before post processing)
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Before-and-after post-processing comparison

Photos by Brandon Bester – Aerial Photographer. For more such amazing images, do check his Instagram profile here instagram.com/airtographyza

Composition Techniques

Go for Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Symmetry, Pattern & Texture.  

Adding people in your shots will give the viewers a reference for scale and engage them with a visual story.

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Photo by Conor

Photo by Conor – Aerial Photographer. For more such amazing images, do check his Instagram profile here instagram.com/conorcorbett

Drones with Camera

You can check out some of the best drones with camera here amazon.com/Best-DJI-Drones/s?k=Best+DJI+Drones

Use the DJI Go App

With the DJI Go App, you can connect your smartphone/tablet to a DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Phantom, or a DJI Inspire’s remote controller.

After connecting the app, you can check out your drone’s related functions on the app which includes: Scan QR Code, Academy, Flight Record, No-fly Zone, Find my drone.

The app allows you to see what your drone’s camera is seeing, adjust the camera settings, review, edit, share your photos and more.

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Photo by Niek Vandenabeele

Photo by Niek Vandenabeele – Aerial Photographer. For more such amazing images, do check his Instagram profile here instagram.com/niekvandenabeele

Recommended Camera Settings on the DJI Go App

Use Manual mode; set ISO to 100 on sunny days & 400 on cloudy days.

To freeze the action/motion, set the shutter speed above 1/125 sec.

Keep the histogram enabled/switched on, to guide you to set the correct exposure.

Go for Autofocus mode.

Image size: 4:3 (Mavic Pro), 3:2 (Phantom 4 Pro). With any other size, you may end up with a cropped image; better to crop your image later in post processing.

Image format: RAW is recommended; if you’ve been saving in JPEG – you can also go for RAW+JPEG (but remember: both types of image formats will take more space on your memory card).

Timed shot: With timed sequence of images, you can create an aerial time lapse.

HDR: You can use HDR wherein the camera takes a series of images with different exposure settings and combines them together to create a single image that captures the details in the darkest and lightest elements of the image.

Go for HDR – only if you don’t have a post-processing software (Lightroom/Photoshop) coz the results aren’t that good. AEB is a better option over HDR.

AEB: The camera will take 3 photos at different exposures (at the set exposure, an underexposed image and an overexposed image).

Later, you can combine all 3 images and create a single HDR photo in the post-processing software.

We bring you ‘Jo & His Camera’ Comic Strips wherein a Magical Camera gives DSLR photography tutorials to Jo, an aspiring photographer

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When you do photography: Remember the 5E’s – Explore, Experiment, Experience, Enjoy & Express to develop your own style as a photographer.

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