Aerial photography offers a unique lens on a destination. There’s a compelling quality to a landscape when seen from above, regardless of its form. While on the ground, you’ll see stunning vistas along the horizon, but it’s only when up in the air that all the colors combine and create a large piece of earthy artwork.
Here we share 5 helpful tips for aerial shooting.
Explore the full potential of your drone
Dive deep into the instructions for your drone to find out how to use it properly. Does your drone have a preset collection of movements? Does it have a follow mode? Does its built-in camera stabilize each shot and adjust for wind? Fully understand your drone’s capabilities before your first photo shoot. (The Autel Robotics EVO II series, EVO lite series, and EVO Nano series, they all have dynamic tracking)
Moreover, it’s wise to test the drone by simply piloting it for several hours in any open area. This will help you get familiar with how it moves. Explore its full potential by running it through the entire selection of movements. Find out how long the battery lasts and practice manually setting the camera’s pitch, if possible. All this will increase your chance of snapping beautiful photos.
For a superior level of image-control, and a more cinematic look that captures a higher dynamic range, try using a filter with your drone. The two most common types are ND filters, which reduce light pollution, and Polarizing filters, which reduce glare and manage reflections. Here's a video and example of how ND and polarizing filters can improve your aerial shots.(Check the price of EVO Lite ND filter in the Autel Robotics accessories section)
Make something out of nothing
When flying over what might initially seem to be a monotonous uninteresting landscape, look for something which is out of place in the scene. Make this the subject of the image and place it in one of the third intersecting points. You can accentuate the colours in post processing to increase its presence in a final abstract image.
Use a delayed shutter
When you are shooting aerial, you need a fast shutter speed to keep your image in focus while you’re moving. This may mean that you need to adjust your ISO to compensate. Shooting sharp aerial photographs can be difficult to achieve if you add ISO, as this creates noise in your image. Instead, consider using a delayed shutter. If your camera has a setting that allows you to have a two or five second delay on your shutter, this will allow you to press your shutter without shake. While you’ll still need to hold still for a slower shutter speed, this will help prevent noise from damaging your opportunities to snap a sharp aerial photograph out the window.
Shoot in RAW (if possible)
For all photography purposes, taking photos in RAW format gives you more flexibility when post-producing your image. The image is uncompressed, which gives you a significant amount of more detail and resolution and allow for you to make adjustments to your image. Most high-end drones will come with cameras that support digital RAW formats. This gives you more creative control to shoot images that may look dark at first, but allow you to brighten and adjust significantly in post.