Tips on How to Get Started with Aerial Photography Using Your Drone

The different perspective offered by drones can be used to create memorable moments and the coming summer vibe is harder to recreate than any other time of the year. If you are looking to get into aerial photography then eGlobal Central has a couple of starting tips for you.

 

    

1.Pick A Drone with Decent Camera Capabilities

Drones are becoming more commonly used in professional photography and more photographers are using them to obtain shots that weren’t possible before.

Out of the many drones, the DJI Mavic Air is one of the best choice that can suit many hobbyist or enthusiasts’ aerial photography needs.

The superbly engineered drone is not only easy to control, foldable and ultraportable, but features a 1/2.3” 12-megapixel CMOS sensor and an f/2.8 lens with a 35-mm equivalent focal length of 24 mm which offers great low light performance comparable to other drones in the market.

There are other great alternatives but drones such as Mavic Air simply packs great value for its rich and powerful specifications.

 

2. Keeping Lighting Conditions in Mind

Like any other type of photography, the key thing is to keep lighting in mind. With drones, you have access to an extremely intelligent gimbal system. In addition to improving video smoothness, a gimbal would also help prevent shakiness in situations where there is very little ambient light. 

 

This means shots that feature sunsets, sunrises, or late nights would look stunning in most aerial locations. 

Another thing you could do, is to pick a drone with good low -light performance. The DJI Mavic Air comes with easy to use bracketing software you can use to create High Dynamic Range (or HDR) photographs. Although it does take a bit of processing with the built-in software, the end results often look like it was taken with a much higher end camera. 

3. RAW is King

Like traditional photography, the best way to shoot is in RAW format. With RAW you have the ability to correct errors without a significant decrease in quality.

 

Even though you should always aim to “get it right in camera.” RAW formatting allows you a second chance to get the shot you want – the first chance is when you take the picture; the second chance is when you edit the picture inside the RAW converter. With the DJI Mavic Air you would be combining a great sensor with the flexibility of RAW image.

4. Flying Area and Conditions

It is always recommended to choose a safe and open area to fly a drone. Even though the Mavic Air is portable enough to traverse in urban settings or tight spots; it is generally not recommended due to the risks of collisions and injuries. Whenever you fly a drone, the optimal place would be an open area with little to none tall structures in your immediate surroundings.

 

5. General Security and Safety – Check Up on By-laws and Etiquette

With tighter regulations implemented by government organisations around the world, it is often hard to know what is the proper etiquette for flying a drone. Here are some of the regulations most entities have in common:

• You have to keep your drone within Visual Line of Sight or VLOS
• You have to fly below 300 to 400 feet
• Drones should not be flown over airports or near active airspace
• Drones should not be flown over large crowds, sport stadiums or events

To ensure a safe flying experience, please check your local by-laws with the aviation regulatory body in the region.

 

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