Your Guide to Drone Photography

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Drone photography is arguably the fastest growing trend in photography. Most of the drones come affixed with a professional camera capable of shooting 4K videos at high Frames per Seconds (FPS). Due to factors like quality and angles, drones or unmanned aircrafts (UAVs) are highly preferred for shooting wedding events and aerial photos of landscapes and cityscapes. Because of the glaring possibilities, the idea of establishing a drone photography business can be highly rewarding. According to Envira Gallery, the steps for establishing the business are as follows:

  1. Obtain a drone flying license
  2. Get a drone insurance
  3. Invest in a good drone and camera
  4. Create a compelling drone photography portfolio
  5. Share your work on social media

Obtaining the necessary drone flying license is the first step in establishing a photography business. The license will make it easy for you to fly the drone professionally in line with the local and FAA regulations. Drone insurance, on the other hand, will cover liabilities arising from accidents and other undesirable situations. When starting out, you can start by investing in a basic, professional type drone and camera.

The drones, camera, and accessories can be upgraded with time as you gain more experience and expand your market reach. To sell and market your work, you need to create a comprehensive, online and print portfolio. You can also take advantage of social media to promote your work to both prospects and clients. The best social media channels to consider include Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Your Complete Guide to Drone Photography

Advances in drone technology have made it easier to master skills in aerial photography. The growing use of drones has seen the prices fall and public ownership increase exponentially. If you are a beginner, you need proper equipment and familiarity with local, state and federal regulations. You also need to understand the inner workings of the drone, the aftermarket parts and essential add-ons like propeller guards, extra SD cards and LED lights. According to Drone Guru the most important drone camera add-ons include First Person View, gimbals and prop balancers. Gimbals allow users to rotate the camera and increase the shooting angles.

Prop balancers, on the other hand, helps even out the flights, making it easier to capture professional footage. The First Person View (FPV) system is aptly designed to transmit live video feeds directly into your video controller or tablet. The system offers First Person View of the happenings above ground in real time. Drone photography also allows the user to try out different panning techniques, specially developed to provide high-quality video transmissions. The techniques include side sliding, bird’s eye, orbiting and fly-through techniques. The Canva Photography Guide below offers tips on how to get the most out of drone photography.

  1. Choose a drone that matches your needs and skills

The market is replete with a mind-boggling number of drones. The most common models feature on-board and inbuilt camera. For beginners, a drone that is lighter, sturdier and less expensive is a good consideration. When choosing a drone, you need to know the drone’s capabilities. Some drones are designed to fly indoors while others are suited for outdoor flights.

  1. Take time to read the instructions manual

When you buy a new drone, take time to read the manual to get a better understanding of how the drone’s inner workings and everything else you need to know about the unmanned vehicle. You can also get a wealth of insights and reviews on popular websites like YouTube.

  1. Understand the features of your drone

Drones come with a number of interesting features such as smartphone feed, geofence, tracking and smart mode. The geofence component is designed to restrict how high or low the drone can fly. The highly innovative, smart mode comes with a stabilization feature designed to counter tough flying situations like wind and earthquake. The tracking feature on is part, combines futuristic visual recognition when used alongside the GPS embedded on the smartphone.

  1. Prepare the pre-flight checklist and test drive the drone

To get to a flying start, you need to prepare a pre-flight checklist. The key aspects of your checklist include drone settings and controls, surroundings, weather analysis, battery life, and fly zones. Once the checklist is cleared, test drive your drone across different flight altitudes and distances to converse yourself with the controls and the drone’s maneuverability.

  1. Learn the drone photography skills

To get the most out of your photography, plan your scenery and shooting by looking closely at aspects like lighting, composition, symmetry, and patterns. These elements will be brought to your view when the drone soars above the ground. You can use the light to your advantage by paying attention to the time of the day, watching the shadows and pattern formations.

  1. Learn local, state and federal regulations concerning drones

The wide use of drones has drawn the attention of the local authorities and governments. The laws in the US require owners of unmanned aircrafts weighing 0.55 lbs. to 55 lbs. to obtain a registration from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The registration process is fairly simple; all you need to do is provide your name, address, contact information. The owner also pays a small fee.

  1. Process your photos

Post processing is important if you want to correct or edit a batch of photos. The process can also go a long way to give you the much needed shine. However, perfecting these skills requires learning and practicing. For example, when you are editing photos captured above ground, you need to pay attention to the differences brought by light intensity and shooting angles. Some of the best software’s for this purpose include Light room and Photoshop.