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How to Do Professional Level Drone Aerial Photography

November 22, 2019

Professional Drone Aerial Photography

Drones have made doing professional level aerial photography surprisingly easy. The barrier to entry is considerably lower than what it was even a decade ago thanks to a myriad of automated flying modes. Not to mention that even budget drones are equipped with cameras capable of filming in at least 720p. While higher-end drones have 4k cameras and 3-axis gimbals. So, if you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes into aerial photography now would be the best time.

Choosing Aerial Photography Drones

Currently, there are an array of drones available. These drones are also often referred to as UAVs which is an abbreviation for unmanned aerial vehicles. However, when buying a drone consider the flying capabilities and the camera mounted on it.

What Does a Good Drone for Aerial Photography Cost?

The good news is that there are currently dozens of various types of drones available and a good number of them are capable of stunning aerial photography. In a nutshell that means the more you are willing to pay, the better will the equipment. It is similar to any other type of photography equipment.

On average you can find a pretty decent drone, capable of aerial photography for under $1500. Some models even allow you to mount GoPro camera.

The sub $1500 drone will have up to 20 minutes of flight time and a couple of built-in features like obstacle avoidance, return to home, follow me, and perhaps a gimbal which can be controlled independently. More higher-end models come equipped with 4K video cameras that can also take photos in 16MP.

Which Brand is the Best?

Well there are a couple of different well-known and even unknown brands. However, a DJI drone is a pretty safe bet, like the Mavic 2 Zoom camera drones. Not only is it easy to fly, but it is very good at aerial photography.

Plus, most of these drones will fly right out of the box with almost no training required. DJI and other drones come with a mobile app which can be synced to the drone, allowing you to fly it directly via your phone. It is a lot like playing a video game.

How to Start?

If you are new to using a drone for aerial photography, start with flying it in an open space. Start slow and then work your way up to more congested spaces. It is a lot like driving a car, most of us start in an empty parking lot before we hit the streets.

When flying the drone experiment with things like zooming, different angles, and altitudes. Then review your results on a computer or your smartphone and adjust your technique to get a better result.

Conclusion

Modern drones have revolutionized the way aerial photography and videography is done. However, there are still issues with privacy and legality which are being ironed out depending on where you live. That said if you fly low and focus your camera on subjects who volunteer to be filmed and photographed there shouldn’t be any issues. Plus like all other forms of photography drone, aerial photography takes time to master but the results make it worth the effort.

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