6 Tips for AWESOME Drone Photos | Drone Photography Tips

6 Tips for AWESOME Drone Photos | Drone Photography Tips

January 14, 2020 5 By Peter Engel


– Hey guys, this is James
Shooter for NatureTTL.com, and today we’re going to
be looking at the top tips for aerial photography using drones. (tranquil music) (camera clicks) Drones don’t like the rain. Not only are your motors going to get wet, but also the front of your
camera, so just don’t do it. Strong winds can be a problem as well. They can lead to shaky footage, but also the propellers coming into shots as the whole drone leans forwards. As a general rule of thumb,
you want a fast shutter speed that’s going to counteract the vibrations that the propellers are
going to make in the air. For film, you actually want the opposite. You want a slow shutter speed, and that’s really going to
smooth out those vibrations and create a smoother video overall. It’s worth noting that sometimes you can’t get those slow shutter speeds, and you can actually get
a neutral-density filter that will block out some of
the light going into the drone so you can achieve those
slower shutter speeds, around 1/50 of a second when filming. Aperture-wise, you
can’t choose an aperture on a DJI Phantom, and that’s worth noting, and also the ISO capabilities
aren’t that great because it’s such a small sensor. If you’re wanting different settings, it might be worth looking at an Inspire, which is a grade above, where
you can choose aperture, and the ISO’s going to be better as well. Now because you can’t really use graduated neutral-density
filters with drones, especially when filming,
because the horizon’s forever shifting, you
really want to be shooting either front-lit or side-lit. If you shoot back-lit,
you’re going to be shooting into the sun, and that bright
sky’s going to be too hard to balance the land. The only thing you need
to watch out for if you’re shooting front-lit, if the
sun’s directly behind you, it’s going to create a
little halo in your image, and that’s because the
sunlight’s dispersing through the propellers in the drone. It’s not so much of an
issue in still photography because you can just clone it out. But in moving photography,
it can really spoil a shot as it’s tracking through your scene. With lighting in mind, if you
do have to shoot back-lit, or there isn’t very much
sunlight on your land, you can bracket the scene. So that means taking three
or five different exposures, and then you’ll blend
them together in Photoshop afterwards to balance the scene. So it can be achieved a different way. In the air you’ll see
some spectacular vistas. I almost always choose
to do several panoramas at a 16 by seven format, alongside the more standard six by four. This will incorporate more of the scene, and it’ll also add to your resolution. This Phantom 3 Professional
actually only shoots at 12 megapixel files,
so by shooting panoramas you’re increasing that file size. Now just because your camera’s in the air, it’s easy to think that your camera’s getting great shots no matter what. That’s not always the case. You still need to follow the
rules of landscape photography. Remember the Rule of Thirds,
look for leading lines in the landscape, and maybe sometimes even cut out the sky, look for patterns or different perspectives
from straight above. So cheers for watching my 10
tips for aerial photography. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and maybe learned something along the way, too. The main three things to
remember is be responsible, get creative, and don’t break it. (propeller whizzing) ♫ This is our jam ♫ This is our jam