How To Take Better (Drone) Photos

September 26, 2017



The thing with taking pictures with a drone is that there's so much more to know than your usual compositional tricks... For one, you have to control the thing whilst trying not to hit a tree or telephone wire! Now, I'm no expert when it comes to piloting a drone, but I did think that I could share a few things that I've learnt since getting my DJI Mavic Pro.


1) Don't forget what you already know.

There's the rule of thirds, leading lines and contrasting shapes and colours. Everything your already know about photography is just an important when you're taking pictures with your drone. Composition really is key, and don't be afraid to try out new angles either.


2) Focus in on your subject.

Just because you have a drone, doesn't mean that you have to go super high in the sky to get good shots. Fill the frame for much better results, or risk cropping in later in post. Additionally, an interesting subject is going to help make an interesting image.


3) Use your exposure compensation

Pay attention to the scene your capturing and try to expose it properly. Too dark and you'll only make it grainy when you bring it up in post. That said, you don't have to be quite so scared of blowing out the highlights, because that can create a great atmosphere. Using a histogram and the image review feature will also help.


4) Wait for the light.

Nice light can create drama, emotion and form. It makes a big difference and adds a really interesting element to an otherwise boring image. Go shoot at the golden hour to for softer shadows, warm light and not-so-harsh highlights.


5) Record video instead.

Instead of trying to make something out of nothing, you might be better switching to video mode. Sometimes, a bit of motion is just was a scene needs and there's not much more you can do.


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