Finding new and unique perspectives is a great way to create interesting and engaging photographs. Sometimes it’s a different emotional or cultural perspective. In the case of drone photography, however, it’s quite literally a new angle on the world around us. Everyday scenes and locations become fresh and fascinating as we see them as we’ve never seen them before—and, in many cases, as they were never intended to be seen.
I started getting into drone photography about a year ago, and to be honest, I regarded it at first as a bit of a fad. I was dead wrong. As I began to come across more and more amazing images shot from drones, I couldn’t resist taking the leap and getting one myself. I haven’t regretted it for a second! It’s been a breath of fresh air, a huge challenge, and a lot of fun. Here are a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way.
1. Be prepared
It’s very important that you’re 100% comfortable and confident flying your drone so that you can concentrate on getting the shot instead of worrying about crashing into the nearest tree and/or lake. Take it slow when you’re first learning. Be sure to understand all of the features and settings of your drone, especially flight and control settings.
If your drone supports changing the control configuration, try the alternatives to see what feels natural to you. I set my Phantom 4 remote to match my usual gaming controls, and it made a huge difference.
You should also get to know any alternate flight modes which can help you out. DJI has a course lock mode which can ensure that your drone always moves in the direction you push your stick, no matter which way it’s facing. This can help avoid a lot of confusion, especially if you’re new to flying.
Finally, know how to correct your gimbal alignment. Sometimes it can get into a weird position, and you’ll want to be able to quickly correct it to straighten out your horizon.
You also need to have your gear prepared before heading out. Make sure your batteries are charged (and preferably you have one or two spares), your firmware is up to date, your tablet or phone is charged, and you have the cables needed to hook them up.