Top tips for aerial photography

If you want to use your drone for aerial photos, you could feel overwhelmed before the first flight. If you are initially concerned about how to safely fly the quadrocopter through the air and bring it back to earth, the question later arises of how you can take the perfect photo from a lofty height without having to resort to daring maneuvers.

To make your way to becoming a professional drone photographer easier, just read the following 10 tips & tricks and experience fantastic aerial photography with your drone from DJI.


The morning hour gives advantage

Get out of bed early, pack the drone and go outside. Early risers have an advantage here. The best aerial photos are available shortly after sunrise and shortly before sunset. Softer light and richer colors make pictures with your DJI drone look even better.

Stay relaxed and check your surroundings first

Before you put your drone into the air, you should take a moment to unpack and check your device and your surroundings. An approaching storm or a stray dog nearby can quickly put a spanner in the works. If you also want to land the drone on the side, you can quickly get overwhelmed.

Compose with Grid

In order to take photos that stand out due to the geometric finness, you should take a look at the grid function of your drone. Activate this and a grid of 2 × 2 lines divides the field into 9 areas. Now try to focus on the intersection of the lines or the focus of the photo on one of the vertical lines. Play around with the lines and you will find that your aerial photos quickly become more balanced.

While we are at it, place your photo’s subject off to the side, away from the  center. You can compel a viewer’s eyes to travel around the shot and take in more of its aspects by incorporating some asymmetry. Although the subject of a photograph is the main focus, it is the background and supporting subjects that make photographs stand out.

Auto exposure bracketing (AEB)

In the great outdoors, lighting conditions change quickly, and the sun or a cloud can quickly put a spanner in the works. Finding the perfect exposure for your aerial photography is far from easy. Fortunately, there is auto exposure bracketing. With the help of AEB, your drone takes several pictures with different exposures. Now select the perfect shot or create an HDR photo that is impressive.

ND filter

One of the best accessories for your DJI drone are ND filters (Neutral Density Filters). In principle, they work like sunglasses for the camera. It also makes sense, since most photos are taken in the sunshine. The filters come in several designs. An ND8 filter is recommended for beginners.

Try the D-Log mode

Even if the images look washed out in the preview mode, the D-Log mode has its own advantages. As soon as it comes to post-processing your photos on the computer, you will appreciate the wealth of detail that can suddenly be found in each of your aerial photographs. Just try it out and activate the mode on your Mavic or other DJI drone.

Take a look below

To get a completely new perspective, it is worthwhile to simply pan the camera vertically downwards. The aerial photos that are created in this way bring unexpected geometric structures to the fore. A change of perspective that is worthwhile.

Use lines and patterns

The advantage of using a drone to take images is that it becomes much easier to look for leading lines. In nature, infinitely long lines are common. It’s much better if you can discover meandering lines, like rivers or roads, because they’re more dynamic than straight lines. It’s also common in nature to find pattern. But finding an interesting break in pattern and make that you main focus! This means that while shooting images with a drone, it’s completely OK to throw all subtlety out the window. Use these as the topic of your photographs in a strong, bold way.

The right image editing software

If the pictures from other drone photographers look better around corners than your own, then this does not necessarily have to be due to a better drone or flight skills. Most likely, image editing software was simply used to add the finishing touches to the images. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the multitude of editing options offered by programs such as Lightroom or Photoshop. But just a few simple tricks can make your aerial photos look a lot better.

Discover new spaces

If your aerial photographs are becoming more and more similar, it may be worth checking out a few new places. Inspired by new surroundings, you will surely find ideas quickly to give your photos a new kick.

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