Drones have completely revolutionised the way people now take pictures. A drone is a remote-controlled device that can connect directly to your smartphone using a private network. Once the connection is established with the smartphone app, you can hook up the phone to the remote controller. At the touch of a button, the drone will rise up from the ground and start hovering in position. Modern drones can go as high as 10,000 feet, which is considered to be Class B airspace. These drones are fitted with high-quality cameras on an adjustable gimbal.
The pivoted support of the gimbal allows you to move the camera on the drone according to your wishes, thus giving you the freedom to take different kinds of pictures with your drone. Drone photography has become very popular in the past few years. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help improve your skills as a drone photographer, too.
Talk to any professional photographer who uses a drone and they will all tell you the exact same thing: it’s always best to shoot pictures in RAW format. Once the image has been shot, you can correct any flaws or adjust the exposure according to your requirements which gives you an unprecedented level of freedom while taking pictures. Since you’ll be remotely capturing the shots, you won’t be able to clearly see the picture until you magnify it on a big screen. Shooting RAW gives you the option of adjusting the image later on.
Auto or Manual
If you are new to photography, you will obviously prefer taking pictures in Intelligent Auto mode. The camera will automatically adjust the ISO, aperture settings, and shutter speed depending upon the environment. However, once you get the hang of it, you should seriously consider switching to Manual. This will allow you to choose the ISO settings and determine the shutter speed according to your preferences. You might be surprised at the sheer number of tricks that you can pull off in Manual mode.
Drones tend to shake as they go high in the air. That’s due to the wind currents in the air which explains why most high-end drones often include optical image stabilisation and various other features to correct the picture. Taking pictures at night can also be an issue for people who don’t know how to adjust the ISO settings. Therefore, it’s generally best to avoid taking nighttime pictures unless you feel comfortable with the drone.
Unedited drone photographs don’t look as good. You can certainly enhance your shots by post processing them in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Lightroom allows you to alter the colours and the lighting in the camera. It gives you the freedom to use various different filters and effects according to your own specifications. There’s no need to be lazy and use unprocessed photo shots. In the beginning, it’s best to just understand how to control the drone before attempting complex shots.