Thomas Foster, a new Drone Universities blog contributor, recently wrote an article “Drones For Aerial Photography And Videography” where he talks about the growing popularity of aerial photography and aerial videography (sometimes aerial cinematography) and includes some useful tips on improving the quality of your photos and videos.
To rehash Thomas’s tips, in his article, he suggested:
- Make sure you check the weather forecast before even going to fly. That is important because you should adapt yourself to the weather conditions. It is also not the best to fly in a bad weather when there is a lot of wind.
- Adjust the lens depending on what you want to do. If your goal is to make a video of a large area, short lenses should be used. If you plan to just make video of small thing that is moving, long lenses are better.
- Move the camera in the air. That is especially good feature if you combine it with GPS mode. So when you are ascending, you can simply move the camera in way that interaction between drone and camera is coordinated. That makes the video look more professional.
- Plan the picture or the video beforehand. So your decisions of where to move a drone in order to have a good shot are not spontaneous but well analyzed in advance. With this you will also avoid many failures and crashes.
- You should also adjust the camera settings. Here I mean contrast and colors. They should be adjusted well before you start flying. Good preparation is the key to the good piece of art. Zoom should be adjusted when you are above the target.
While this list is far from comprehensive, Thomas has provided a few quick tips that should prove useful for beginners. However, I feel like Thomas missed tip #1. If you want to significantly improve the quality of your photos and videos, then enroll in a reputable drone college like Drone Universities. In my opinion, there is no replacement for hands-on, interactive training provided by industry professionals.