Aerial photography used to be a thing that only professionals could have a go at. It required expensive equipment, extensive training, and comprehensive knowledge of the equipment. But with consumer drones flooding the market, aerial photography has become more accessible to the masses. This has further allowed photographers to capture images from a totally different perspective – and this is why it has gained so much interest within a short span of time. If you’re new to this genre of photography, photographer Andrew Marr shares 10 tips and tricks to help you with drone photography:
One good thing about drone photography is that there’s a bigger window of time to take your shots. While landscapes appear brilliant during certain limited hours, this isn’t the case with drone photography because you’re shooting downwards.
“I really enjoy the fact that even if there are no clouds in the sky, the sun is overhead, and the light is quite harsh, I can still take drone images.”
Drone photography isn’t very different from regular photography. Of course, one major difference that you’ll see is the perspective. But remember that you don’t need to fly too high. As Marr demonstrates in the video, even just flying about 30 meters above the surface gives an entirely different look to the landscape around you. And just like we move around when taking photos on the ground, be sure to move around the camera on the drone. Don’t just shoot vertically downwards – try different angles with the camera. Also, try varying the altitude and see what composition suits best the scene you’re capturing.
Besides these tips, Marr covers various other topics regarding battery, composition, details, and textures when using a drone for photography. Be sure to watch the full video for all the insightful details.
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