You know there was a time when I used to think that – “I wish I could fly high with my camera and click all the photos from above”. It was merely a dream; I knew it wasn’t possible until now!
Yes flying is possible now! I didn’t mean literally flying; I meant that, now anyone can take photographs from high above the ground, floating in the air. You must be thinking how? The answer is quite easy; we can actually take pictures of any place at any time by using newly developed, highly advanced equipment called a ‘Drone’.
In this article you will get know the history of Drones as well as the Strategies of using a Drone in aerial photography.
Tighten your seat belts and get ready to take off! Swoosh!
Hey! What is a Drone?
You must be thinking the same question inside your head. Well, the answer is simple. A drone is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in technical words. In simple words it’s a flying robot with a camera fixed on it.
Procedure of using a drone: Drone works just like a RC helicopter. It is also controlled using a remote. The remote is connected to a screen, which can be a Tablet or a phone. The camera of the drone takes videos, which we can see via screen of our tab/phone. Using the capture button on the remote control we can click the desired picture from the video, which will get saved in the storage of that device. The camera settings are also available on the remote of the drone.
History behind Drone
UAV or drones were first constructed for military purposes. It was mainly used for dropping explosives during wars or aerial combats. The first drone was invented by the Austrian military for combat purposes in the year 1849.
The drone used in photography was mainly called Quad copter. Why quad copter? Because, it takes off and lands vertically. The word “quad” means four. Why four? Because, it has four fans attached it its four sides, which helps it to fly and a propeller was also built in it to control its directions.
But, the recent Drones are controlled by computerized methods via remote controller. With the help of advance technology, the Drones have developed so much that they can be used for military purposes as well as aerial photography.
“When technology is no longer novel, videos need more substance to impel viewers to watch, engage, and share, and we’ve already reached that point with camera drones.”
This was quoted by a famous aerial photographer named Eric Cheng. He has shared that how drone has developed the photography and cinematography sector with its advancement.
The most important thing to keep in mind before taking off your Drone on a flight is to check the UAV forecast. What is the UAV forecast? It is a type of weather report for all the UAVs. It gives information on the places that are suitable for taking off your Drone and click photos.
Photography using Drone gives you a huge benefit of taking photos of such places where human eyes can’t reach. Places which are beyond our limits of travelling to. So, hunt down such places and take photographs of those unique landscapes or surroundings.
In case of aerial photography using a Drone, Controlling the exposure can be difficult. The light keeps changing in every different angle. Controlling the exposure manually at that time gets tough. So, I prefer you to use the automatic exposure mode. The exposure will get set according to the light intensity around it.
The Light intensity is more than enough from the height of the drone. So, the ISO should be kept low. Or else the brightness of the image will be too much destroying the whole picture.
While taking pictures via drone, there will be lots of different exciting views from different angles. Taking just a single shot from only one angle will result in missing other better shots from different angles. So, take multiple shots from different angles of the same subject. The images may even surprise you.
The best facility of a drone is that the camera fixed on it is a 360˚ camera. What does a 360˚ camera do? It can be rotated from any angle to get the best elevation for the shot. The best photos come when the camera is rotated to a perpendicular angle towards the ground. Photos clicked perpendicularly of the Earth’s surface from the sky are always stunning. Especially, the symmetrical lines of the roads and beaches that move parallel together looks mind blowing.
There are different filters available on the drone camera. Always taking the same colored images gets boring. Take pictures using different filters to take extra beautiful images. Try the black and white filter, it really gives Goosebumps.
You know the sun light that falls on tall buildings or mountains creates a shadow on the ground. Take such pictures of the shadows falling on the ground of these tall structures. They give a magical touch to the photograph.
This is the most important trick for all types of photography. Shooting in Raw! The raw photographs are a treasure to the photographers. It enables the photo to be edited to fix all the errors done while taking the photo. You can edit it, crop it and do anything you want with it; the photo still won’t lose any quality or size. It will be the same size it was. It will get more enhanced.
The drone uses a lot of charge as it is continuously on flight as well as taking photos. The charge may end anytime. So, take some extra batteries with you and replace it until the drone’s first battery gets drained.
There are some rules you need to follow while using a drone. Drone doesn’t have permission to fly in all the areas; there are some restricted areas for flying them. So, use drones in the areas that aren’t restricted. Another important rule is that don’t interrupt anyone’s privacy while taking photos with drones. It may make them complain about your drones which also may restrict you using your drone forever.
There is a very interesting mode in drones; which is called the gesture mode. In this mode you can control the drone using gestures. Like, if you wave your hands the drone will catch the gesture and it will take photos of you automatically.
Due to the advancement on technology, the photography sector has developed very rapidly. The aerial photography has improved a lot after the invention of Quad copters. If the techniques stated above can be utilized properly then I assure you, that your Photography tactics will improve to a great extent.