Drones are becoming more and more available, but also more affordable. As this technology becomes more accessible, there are going to be a multitude of uses for it. Right now, it’s time for the photographers to take advantage. But even if you are just an amateur shutterbug, there’s plenty that you can do using a drone. With so many different things to consider, what are the most important aspects of the drone to look out for?
Stabilisation no matter how good the camera is, it really doesn’t matter if that image or video is incredibly shaky. Because of this stabilisation is key. The better the blades are for your drone, the fewer issues you will have with stabilisation. However, it is important to keep in mind that less flexible blades will require more piloting skill; you need to be somewhat honest with yourself about how good you are when it gets to controlling the drone. Although, as most of you may already know having a gimbal will reduce unwanted camera movement more than anything else and thus it is probably one of the most important pieces of kit for any ariel photographer (invest wisely, and read the reviews).
Camera obviously, if you’re looking to get into aerial photography then the camera has to be one of the top priorities. You need to think about more than just image quality; you want really fast shutter speed and the lightest camera possible so that it’s not weighing down your drone. Additionally, you might want to find one that also takes video so that you can simply select the image you want out of the running video. Keep in mind that the camera will either need to take pictures automatically or remotely; if you opt for remotely be sure that you’ll still be in range when the camera is airborne.
Storage this is a minor concern, and by far the least expensive thing to worry about, but it is pretty important. You don’t want to have to stop every few minutes to change batteries or to take pictures off of the memory card. If you really don’t want to go for a bigger memory card, simply adjust the resolution of the photos so that you can fit more on the card. However, since our goal is aerial photography; ideally you want the highest resolution you can get.
These are just some of the aspects of putting together a drone that you need to think about. Obviously, there’s a lot more to good aerial photography than just putting a drone together. You want to make sure that the weather conditions are good and that there is nothing going on at the location that you have chosen. The only thing more frustrating than trying to fly in high winds is having something in your picture that you don’t want.
While planning is important, nothing will get you better prepared than just going out and trying. Start by finding something you want an aerial picture of, make sure to start out somewhere with a lot of open space; especially if you don’t have a lot of practice piloting yet. The last thing you want to have to do while you’re learning is to avoid power-lines, trees, or anything else.
Once you have found a decent location, try to wait for a day with the best weather possible. Decent temperatures, low winds, and average humidity. This will make your drone easier to fly, and also help make sure that the lens doesn’t accidentally start to fog on your camera. Lastly, start flying and start taking pictures. Enjoy the fruits of your hard labor!
Sure, flying drones is a lot of fun, but lets not lose sight of the fact that they can also be very dangerous when the controller is in the wrong hands. A drone could