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Three Things To Consider As You Start Drone Photography

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Blog, Technology | Comments Off on Three Things To Consider As You Start Drone Photography

One of the most fun new fields of photography is using a drone, like a dji phantom 3, to take different images. Because drones can get in locations and positions that you can’t with your DSLR, you can take images that seemed impossible only a few years ago. While it is an exciting new option to take your photography to another level, it also comes with a learning curve. Here are three things to consider as you first start taking pictures with a drone:

Know Where You Can Shoot

Just like tripods, drones have various restrictions on where you can use them. While some of the most amazing scenery in the world is in United States National Parks, drones cannot be used in any park. If you are caught flying a drone inside a National Park, you may be subject to a fine of $5000 and up to 6 months in jail. 

You should also avoid flying a drone within 5 miles of an airport or within restricted airspace. Doing either of these could land you in jail or on the no-fly list. It is good practice to ask the property owner for permission if you ever have doubts about taking pictures with a drone in any location.

Try Different Angles

Many people think that shooting pictures from a drone just means going high up in the air and taking pictures. Instead of just flying up and taking pictures, consider using it to do other things as well. Try taking your drone through a window into an abandoned building that is locked on the ground level. Fly down into crevasses that would be too dangerous to climb into and get a new look at something that you ordinarily wouldn’t be able to see.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Even though a drone gives you a leg up on some of the other photographers out there, it takes some skill to use well. Once you get flying, you’ll want to shoot the same in the air as you do on the ground. Nevertheless, until you get good at flying a drone and shooting at the same time, you won’t be able to do HDR photography or other advanced techniques. Just as you did when you first learned to use an SLR, take some time to familiarize yourself with the basics before going immediately into your standard style of shooting.

As you do these things, you’ll have a wonderful time creating images that are new, unique, and different with your drone.

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