10 Tips for Better Aerial Photography with Your Drone

August 09, 2016

10 Tips for Better Aerial Photography with Your Drone

The acceptance of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is largely because of their wide applications in aerial photography and videography. Despite regular advancements in drone technology, having the best aerial shots is beyond setting up the UAV and tapping the button. Below is the list of the ten tips that will help you get a near perfect photo. 

1. Pick best camera: If you got the flying robot before considering the camera specification, this might be tricky but an additional camera could be added depending on the unit type. However, if you are getting the unmanned aircraft mainly for use midair, getting the ones with the best picture quality is crucial. 

2. Pre-flight check: There are various rules regarding the use of the drones in different countries. Following the required guidelines and other safety checks go a long way in ensuring nothing interferes with having the best photograph at the end. The motor shafts, battery charge, calibration unit, and other important checks should be made before take-off. 

3. Settings check: Another tip to obtain outstanding snapshots is making sure the right settings are made. Some units have the regular, auto-pilot and expert modes, and these flying modes affect the sensitivity of the controls. Also, knowing if the UAV flies excellently well with GPS will help you get the best footage. 

4. Right location: Selecting the right location is vital in getting good quality pictures. The altitude you can fly the machine to, the direction of the sun and lighting available need to be considered when trying to score an amazing picture while airborne. 

5. Altitude increase: Having a good camera will favor the increase in altitude, but increasing it will allow you get the best of the aerial view. There are height restrictions so UAVs don’t disrupt manned flight operations but pushing the height of the machine will allow for a better shot. 

6. Gimbal and Prop balancer: The gimbal is the stationary support that allows for rotation of the drone while the balancer ensures the pictures are not taken when the UAV is still jittery. These accessories are essential to get high quality images. 

7. First person view: The first person view (FPV) feature allows users to get live video feeds on the transmitter screen or to the FPV goggles. The views when using this feature helps users frame the image they want, but it might not be best for close up shots. 

8. GPS mode: The GPS mode of most flying units will definitely help your aerial shots as they help it stabilize when taking the photo. Control the drone to a location, switch off the control, turn on the GPS mode, and see the UAV stabilize and hover around on its own. The result is improved aerial stability to help get the best shot. 

9. Watch the weather: One thing that can ruin that perfect shot is the prevailing weather condition. In extreme weather conditions, using the FPV is preferable as the image is seen before capture. With a lot of sunlight, if the unmanned aircraft is not well positioned, the unit itself can cast shadow on the lens. If the sunlight hits the lens, it will highlight the dust that has accumulated. When the wind is above 17-23mph, it is difficult to get good footage.  

10. Post processing: After the aerial shots, a little editing of the image makes the final version better. It can be resized, color-corrected or further edited to taste. 

We hope these ten tips will help you produce aerial pictures of better quality.

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