If you have just bought your first drone camera, then you will inevitably be looking forward to capturing some great photos and videos like the ones you have seen on the internet. And adventure activities such as trekking could be a great way to capture extraordinary drone images.
Even if you are setting out on trekking expedition on Mount K2, drones can be handy. You hiking the second tallest mountain is one thing. Hiking k2-with-a-drone is a whole different experience. However, such quality output will require some experience and knowledge of drone photography. Below, we will look at seven tips that can help a beginner to start taking beautiful photos and videos using a drone camera.
Shoot In RAW
Always remember to shoot the pictures in RAW format. You have to understand that most drone cameras come with low resolutions, like 12MP and so on. As such, if you choose to compress the images into jpg while shooting them, then you will lose out on a lot of detail and color. And it is for this precise reason that almost all professional drone photographers shoot their images in the RAW format. They will have the freedom to correct the color, exposure, and other things in post.
Drone cameras will offer you two modes to control it – the auto mode and the manual mode. As far as possible, choose the manual mode. This will allow you to choose the camera settings that will best capture a particular image. You will have to rely on tools like histogram to judge the quality of an image since things like shutter button may not be present on the drone camera. A good way to work will be to first use the camera in auto mode, and then switch back to manual mode once you have understood how the auto mode images might look like.
One big problem you will face with a drone camera is their low resolution. This essentially means that any image you capture will have less information. As a result, you may also be forced to shrink down the size of an image in order to get it properly printed. One way around this limitation is to first go closer to the scene and then take multiple photos of the entire scene. You can then stitch the multiple images together to form a large single image that will have a high resolution and greater details when printed.
Bracketing is a very popular feature available in many drone cameras. And if your camera has this function, then you must start using it more. Bracketing takes multiple pictures of the same scene with different exposures. As such, if you think that the image you have taken is not properly exposed, then all you have to do is to check out the alternative images captured using the bracketing feature and choose the one with the correct exposure. In addition, the photos with multiple exposures will also enable you to easily create HDR images.
Is your drone moving very erratically at a new location? If so, then this might have to do with incorrect calibration. Every drone has a compass inside it that must be properly calibrated at every location after considering factors like landscape and so on. Without doing so, there is a good chance that the drone will move in the air in a very uncontrollable manner that will only result in bad photos and imagery.
Just Keep Flying
When you start out with drone videography, you will not have a clear idea to what it is that you wish to capture. And this can create a mental block, discouraging you from flying the drone for any extended period of time. You should understand that this is a normal behavior. After all, you have no experience in taking aerial photos. As such, the best thing you can do is to let the drone just keep flying over the landscape. Do not stop anywhere, just keep flying. Eventually, you will come across sceneries that will look gorgeous of captured on camera. It is also recommended that you also check out various drone photos and videos before setting out. This will inspire you and give you a good idea as to how the landscapes, mountains, cities etc. have to be shot.
When traveling to some place to fly the drone, always remember to take the necessary spare parts. This will help avoid having to stop the shooting just because some parts, like the propeller, started malfunctioning. When you do have the spares, you can replay the malfunctioning part and quickly resume the shooting process. In addition, also remember to take a couple of additional batteries with you if you wish to shoot a landscape without taking long breaks in between.