Choosing a Drone For Photography

You might be noticing more and more drones in your life these days, and, luckily, they are not the ones flown by the military.  Instead, they are owned by photography enthusiasts who attach their cameras to them in order to get some breathtaking aerial shots.


Before, in order to get a picture from the sky you had to rely on lumbering blimps, noisy helicopters, or planes moving at too fast a rate to get anything of value on film.  Drones are making it so that individuals can unobtrusively get those previously difficult to get shots without needing to be independently wealthy.  Basically, it is like having the ability to attach a camera to a humming bird, except there are places where even those diminutive avians cannot go.

Drones move freely in a 3-D environment, making it so that you can see the world around you from almost any angle.  The most common version of these machines are the quadcopter variety, meaning they have four rotary blades providing thrust, usually roughly at the four corners of the vehicle’s chasis.

Whether you are an amateur seeking to do never-before-tried cool things with your camera, or a true professional photographer, drones gives us the ability to push the limits of our cameras.

When choosing a drone for photography, you need be able to determine which machine will be the best platform to keep your camera stable.  No matter how you are taking picture, there is nothing worse than an image ruined by shakiness.

That is what makes the quadcopters so valuable as devices able to take your camera up into the heights: their stability.  What you will also want to understand is the size and weight of your camera.  The heavier your camera, the larger the drone capable of providing greater thrust.

This is especially important if you plan on taking lots of pictures outdoors where wind and other elements could potentially pose a hazard to the camera and the drone.  If you unsure of all these particulars, certain companies like GoPro sell both the camera and the drone, thus ensuring that you will have the right combination for your purposes.  Some drones are build with the camera built in.

But chances are you will want to be able to mount any camera to your drone.  Just make sure that your flying machine can take the weight.

There are some rules and etiquette that you will have to follow once you made your drone purchase.  Some have greater ranges than others, which is nice if you want to photograph a large area.

But if you find yourself in a confined area with others doing some drone photography, you need to be mindful of your surroundings.  Hence you will need to be able to have one with enough onboard cameras that will help you keep tabs on potentially damaging hazards.

Finally, make sure that it has a long flight time and is easily charged, thus you can maximize your use of this truly stunning photographic tool.


Carter is a lead product reviewer and content producer at LemonDrone. Send him products to test or content to publish via the Facebook page!

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