If you love photography, but feel limited by the earth-bound capabilities of your camera, you should consider getting into aerial photography, more specifically, drone-enhanced aerial photography. When you use a camera-mounted drone to capture your aerial shots, you open up a whole new world of scenery to capture. Before you get started with your drone, here are four tips that will help you capture the perfect images.
Practice with Your Drone
Once you have your drone, you'll need to practice with the controls. Hooking up your camera before you're prepared to fly, could result in a damaged camera and a lot of frustration. Before you take off for your first aerial photography session, take your drone out and get some practice in. Be sure to choose a location that has plenty of wide open space. That way you can get some uninterrupted practice.
Choose the Right Camera
Before you take your first aerial photograph using your drone, be sure you have the right camera. The first thing you'll need to do is make sure that the camera you choose will fit into the harness on your drone. To do this, consult the specifications of your drone for size requirements.
In addition to size requirements, you should also choose a camera that has a high megapixel count. This will ensure the proper resolution for your aerial photographs. If you're going to be taking photographs in areas with poor lighting, you should also consider purchasing a camera that has lower lighting requirements.
Make Friends with the Weather Channel
Once you're comfortable with your drone, you'll want to schedule a day – or night – to head out for a practice run. This is when it's a good idea to make friends with the weather channel. You don't want to take your drone up on windy days. The wind can interfere with controls of your drone. Instead, choose a day when the winds are nearly non-existent.
Switch to GPS Mode
If you're not familiar with the location you've chosen for your aerial photographs, you might want to switch to GPS mode. Most drones have GPS capabilities that allow you to hand navigational controls over to the system. Once your drone is on GPS mode, it will stabilize itself so you can focus on the photographs.
If you're ready to start photographing the world above eye-level, you need a drone. The information provided here will help you get the most out of your drone-enhanced aerial photography.