Tips For Taking Better Aerial Photography

Aerial photography can be a thrilling use of unmanned aerial Vehicles. Attach a video camera to a drone and you can get a perspective that was impossible for most people until only recently, when this technology became commercially available. If you’re just getting started, you’ll want to put in some hours learning to control your drone in wide open areas with no obstacles to contend with. Once you’re a confident pilot, you’ll be able to start developing your videography skills. The following are some tips for taking the best quality aerial photography and videos.

One of the techniques you’ll want to practice is going very slowly. It’s much harder than it sounds to keep your drone moving slowly and steadily. Start with short shots, between three and seven seconds, and practice your control. The key is to keep the drone moving perfectly straight in one direction.

To make your drone more stable, consider adding a gimbal and a prop balancer. The gimbal controls the drone’s pitch and roll as it receives sensory data from the camera. A prop balancer is a tool for detecting an imbalance in the propellers. If you discover an imbalance, you can make a minor adjustment on your own, such as adding weight to one side, or sanding to remove some weight from a propeller. When the propellers are not in balance, they can make the whole vehicle wobble.

Plan your shot in advance and fly through it. In other words, start shooting well in advance of the shot you want, and keep shooting after. This will give you room for editing on both ends.

Be careful about weather conditions. For one thing, avoid shooting directly into the sun. Your video can be affected by shadows cast by the propellers, and also, the sun can reflect off of any dust or dirt on your lens. Don’t send your drone out in winds blowing more heavily than 23 miles per hour under any circumstances, and for the smoothest video, you want as little wind as possible. Whether or not it’s safe to fly in rain or snow will depend on your model and what its particular safety recommendations are.