Drones are the great new gadgets that everyone is interested in. Whether you are using for photography or fun, they certainly give a new perspective of what can be done with today's technology. But if you do dabble in photography or if you are a seasoned veteran of hand held cameras, drones can be tricky to get your head around in the beginning. And as they are expensive pieces of machinery, you may be wary of losing them in the wilderness. So here are some tips for improving your drone photography.
To get a great shot, especially when doing nature or landscape photography, you can use a higher altitude to really get the atmosphere and amazing scenery of where you are. This is a simple but really effective trick and one that has been used countless times to catch amazing shots of animal herds in action, or birds in flight.
If you are standing on rolling hills, or fields of colourful poppies, it is highly recommended that you get at least a couple of high altitude shots. It's amazing how much difference even a few feet can make to a photography.
If you are worried about blurred lines or stabilization when moving your drone, a great trick to use is GPS mode. Most high end drones have them, and this allows them to hover in place. So you can actually fly your drone to the height you want to take the picture, and then turn on GPS mode and let go of the controls.
Gimbals are basically joints that you can attach to your drone. The down side to gimbals is that they are made for professional photographers, so they are quite expensive. But the upside is that they allow you to point the camera at the area you wish to capture, keep it there, and let the drone move to compensate for any flight navigation during the picture taking process.
Another thing to mention about gimbals is that they are an added weight and not all drones can carry that weight, so it is really important to find out if your drone is capable of carrying a gimbal before you spend all that cash on it.
FPV stands for first person view. It is a skill in itself to know when exactly you should use this view point for your shots. However FPV does work best for long range shots, and is slightly questionable on close up shots. You will need to experiment with this mode to figure out when you most like to use it though.
Each drone will have unique and individual settings. The best way to make the most of your new drone, is to experiment and become familiar with those settings. Make yourself an expert on how to change things around quickly and effectively, and this will make sure that you can capture time sensitive shots as quickly and fluidly as possible.