7 Tips for Drone Photography

7 Tips for Drone Photography

In this article for tips for Drone Photography, I’ll share with you some of my basic experiences in doing drone photography tips.You’ll see how learning to use and fly a drone can help you improve all your photography as well.

Tips for Drone Photography

Tips for Drone Photography

Here are 7 tips for Drone Photography :

  1. Learn to fly the Drone 

This is very important and very basic step before we get into photography tips. You have to get the feel of drone whichever you are flying. All the drones fly on same basic concept. If you can fly one drone you can fly almost all the drones. It’s something similar to driving like a car. You have the limits of drones, flying limitation of that particular area if its near to airport or near to some restricted or prohibited area.

There are lot of video tutorial on youtube with which you can start initially other wise there are professional companies like Atom Aviation   which will give you classes for professional drone flying. This is one of the  most important tips for drone photography. You can contact Archit- +91-9891576645 for more drone tips or any requirement of aerial photography anywhere.

Learn to fly drone -tips for drone photography

Learn to fly drone -tips for drone photography

2. Check the Sun direction

This is critical aspect for photography skills. It is important to have good lighting condition for best photographs. This is one of the main element in every photo, light plays a amazing part in determining the color balance, tone, vibe and, ultimately, the composition and message of your photo. Shooting with a drone gives you a chance to see lights and shadows in a new and different way. Especially when the sun is low, you can see the world in whole new way.You can capture those dramatic shots after sunrise and before sunset shots from high above the ground and discover how shadows can completely change the scene.

Tips for Drone Photography

Tips for Drone Photography

3. Look out for symmetry in shot

Drone allows you to see things from various angles and different heights. Try to take the advantage of everything and look out for symmetry in drone shots. Taking photos with a drone allows you to capture patterns that aren’t visible when approached from other vantage points. Take advantage of the opportunity to view ordinary sceneries from a bird’s eye view and look for unique lines and patterns to make your images more interesting.

Incorporating of such design elements will significantly improve your overall composition, and in some cases, they can also help influence how your audience will observe your photo. This is important tips for drone photography.


Look for symmetry -tips for drone photography

Look for symmetry -tips for drone photography




4. Have a Drone with good quality camera 

Well, as you know for getting the best output, you need to have the best input. Having a drone with good quality camera is very important and it is foremost. DJI Phantom 4 is certainly the best drone for beginner and mid level photographers. 

Phantom 4 -tips for drone photography

Phantom 4 -tips for drone photography

5. Shoot with lower ISO

In order to get the sharp images from Drone, you need to know the correct settings at correct time.Generally, Drone cameras have smaller sensors, which don’t work as well at high ISO settings. This is particularly true for the Phantom 4 range, which yields fairly good images but end up with significant amounts of unwanted grain and noise when the ISO is set anywhere higher than 100. Until and Unless you’re shooting at night, ample lighting shouldn’t be a problem when it comes to drone photography and it won’t be necessary to use high ISO settings.

Well, always stick to the lowest possible ISO, which means you have to manually adjust your camera settings to keep your image properly exposed. Specially, When shooting in windy or shady places, consider opening up your aperture or use a slower shutter speed (1/6th of a second will do) to let in more light and be able to maintain the lowest ISO for clean, sharp images.

Recommended ISO For Different Scenarios

Here are most recommended of what ISO to use in different lighting conditions.

• Outdoors with sunny skies: 100-200
• Outdoors with overcast, sunrise and sunset: 200-400
• Well lit interior: 400-800
• Semi-lit interior: 800-1600
• Nightime exterior or dimly lit interior: 1600-6400
• Indoor or nighttime sports: 1600-8000

The ISO actually  refers to the light sensitivity rating of a sensor. The rule of thumb is to shoot at the lowest ISO possible given the lighting condition and shutter speed/aperture combination that you are using. The higher the ISO, the more noise creeps into your images, so if you can get away with using a lower ISO, then do so.

Sensor size and megapixel count also drastically affects how soon noise will start to creep into an image as you increase the ISO. For eg  :A 24MP compact-camera sensor will be a lot noisier at ISO1000 than a 24MP full-frame sensor. Typically, a higher-end drone camera does a better job in controlling noise at the higher ISO range than a lower-end drone camera.

Finally, it’s important that although you may have to use a higher ISO to get a shot in low-light, it is better to use that higher ISO and have more noise than to not get the shot at all or to have too much motion blur from too slow of a shutter speed. At least with noise, you can deal with it in post.

Effect of ISO-Detail

6. Always shoot in  “RAW” format

This is where most of the people make mistake. Many of the beginner just click the photo in JPEG. Shooting photos in digital RAW format gives you much more control over the image. It gives you more versatility in images for post-processing. This way, you get uncompressed, lossless image data from the sensor. The significant amount of detail and resolution that can be preserved includes more levels of brightness. This allows you to make greater exposure and color adjustments without making the photo look unnatural—or worse, posterized due to color banding that’s common in low-resolution JPEG images.

Tips for drone shooting- Raw

Tips for drone shooting- Raw

Most of the high-end drones that come with onboard cameras support RAW format for images, but if you have a modular drone that allows you to change your camera, make sure to get one that lets you shoot in RAW. For, advanced users Inspire 2  drone camera is a great choice. 

Advantages of shooting RAW

There are lot of benefits of shooting in format as follows :

* Get the Highest Level of Quality

This is one of the biggest benefits. When you shoot in RAW format, you record all of the data from the sensor. This gives the highest quality files. And when it comes to your awesome images, as you always want high quality images from your drone.

Most of the people doesn’t know: All cameras technically shoot RAW.

Yes, yes it’s true.

The difference when you shoot in JPEG format is that the camera does it’s own processing to convert the RAW information into a JPEG.

However, your camera is nowhere near as smart as your brain, nor is it as powerful as your computer.

When you shoot RAW, you’re able to do that processing yourself. You can make the decisions on how the image should look, and produce way better results.

* Record Greater Levels of Brightness

Levels of brightness are the number of steps from black to white in an image.

The more you have, the smoother the transitions of tones. Smooth is good.

JPEG records 256 levels of brightness, and RAW records between 4,096 to 16,384 levels! This is described with the term “bit”. JPEGcaptures in 8bit, and RAW is either 12bit or 14bit. That’s what that bit business means.

The effect this has on your images is amazing.

Those steps of brightness let you make more adjustments (exposure, blacks, fill light, recovery, contrast, brightness) to your image without a significant reduction of quality, because there’s more levels to work with!

It’s also much easier to avoid or correct posterization in your images when you shoot in RAW.

7. Always have a custom Style setting -Tips for Drone photography

In order to get best shots from your drone. Go to settings, style, use custom style with following settings :

Sharpness at +1

Saturation at -1

Contrast at -1

The reason I use sharpness at +1 is because anything at 0 or less than 0, the image in post processing looks just horrible and software automatically does digital noise reduction.  It becomes very blurry. For video , set the color setting to D-log because it captures all the minute details of the video , more details and more highlights. After processing, the aerial videography will look just amazing.

Bonus Tip

Practise ,Practise and keep practicing . Have lots of batteries and hub charger so that you never get out of mood while shooting the best shots.

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