Top tips for stunning drone photography

Photography is one sector that stands to benefit massively from the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the future, and it’s already being used widely in the industry today. When utilised properly, UAVs are an incredibly easy tool for capturing breath-taking aerial photos and video content. The popularity of this kind of visual art is increasing, with a variety of competitions around to try your hand at it, including the CAA and VisitEngland’s “400ft Britain” contest, which seeks to celebrate the very best of drone captured aerial images of the British landscape.

But don’t worry if you aren’t quite competition ready just yet- there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use if you’re just getting started to help you on your way!

Choose your location wisely
In any form of photography, the angles of lighting and direction of the sun play a huge part in the quality of the end result. Your location will dictate the altitude that your UAV can fly to, so this is also worth bearing in mind. You will also need to think about the various factors that might affect your shoot such as wooded areas, birds and buildings.

Again, bright sunlight can cause problems in pursuit of the perfect aerial shot by picking up dust on the lens. Harsh sunlight will overexpose your images and the result won’t be ideal. Any wind speeds over 17mph will also make it difficult and you won’t get a steady shot. Keep an eye on the forecast and shoot on days that aren’t too windy.

Give it some altitude
The higher you go, the more impressive your shot will be. By increasing the altitude your device is working at, it allows you to fit more into the picture. However, always stay within the limits set out by the CAA to practice responsibly.

FPV camera mode
FPV, or First Person View capability, enables you to see exactly what your camera can see, giving you a better perspective by feeding back to your smartphone or computer. This will help you to frame your shots and is often referred to as a ‘pilot’s perspective’.

Practice makes perfect
Take lots of shots and experiment. The more you try, the more you’ll work out what works and what doesn’t. Just like ordinary photography, it can take a dozen shots before you get one you’re remotely happy with, so be patient!

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