Improve your drone photos – top tips for better photography
Improve your drone photography with a few simple tips and tricks. You have mastered flying your drone now you want to master some great shots. Try some of our top tips to help you improve your drone photos.
Find a unique point of view
If you are taking photos with a drone, the unique thing you have over other types of photography is the unique point of view. It is always worth thinking about your subject and the angle. One angle that is very unique to drone photography is the “top down” photo. Looking straight down at an object is a unique view and often creates a fantastic unique shot.
Get Closer for a better Drone Photo
When you first got a drone, often the temptation might have been to see how fast you could fly and how high you could go.
If you are using something like a standard DJI Phantom, the camera will only be able to take a photo at around 12 MP and the sensor is small and the lens has a wider angle – this in turn means you miss out on some of the detail. Get in closer and you will get more detail and create better photos.
Rule of Thirds for Drone Photos
We could write a whole article on the Rule of Thirds in Photography (and might do another time). Generally using the rule of thirds helps create a more interesting picture. Wikipedia defines the rule of thirds as: A “rule of thumb” or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings, and photographs. The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Give it a try with your next photo shoot.
When shooting photos with your drone, make sure you are saving those pictures as RAW format so you can do more in post production.
Generally if you save your pictures as a JPG you will end up with a photo that is compressed. With Raw you capture more information, whilst the image might look flat, you can do more editing the photo in post production.
Edit your pictures after shooting
There are lots of go to programmes to edit your photos after you have taken them with your drone. However, the go to app in our opinion has to be Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.
If you have taken our advice and shot in RAW you can enhance your images, add contrast, saturation and much more.