If you really want to level up your photos on your next trip, you might want to consider a drone and take to the sky – it’s the next best thing to getting airborne yourself!
Practice makes perfect
If you aren’t a seasoned drone pilot, to start, you may want to get a smaller, more affordable toy-drone to practice with. That way you can improve your skills and not have to worry about crashing your new gear. Like anything, capturing imagery from a drone takes time and practice, but you already knew that. Also be sure to check where you can and cannot fly your drone, and any rules applicable in your state.
When you purchase a drone, you are unlocking a completely new way to see the world, but don’t forget that means you now also have a new way to tell your story. Make sure you are across the basic photography rules of composition and then start creating.
Remember, your drone is an extension of your arm. What you are looking for may just be around the corner, or over a hill, so don’t stop looking until you find something interesting. This way, you can reach hitherto unknown perspectives; go a little higher, reach a little further – the juice is worth the squeeze.
Once you have finished flying and taken your images, it’s time for post production. Whether you are using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, or editing off an app, this is where you can let your personality come out in your pictures.
DRONES TO OWN:
DJI Mini SE
The littlest member of the DJI family, the Mini is a perfect starting point if you’re dipping your toes in the air. Ultralight and compact and with a 30-minute flight time, this little guy will get you taking epic aerial shots in no time.
DJI Mavic Air 2 4K Drone
The DJI is the quiet overachiever. Stronger and faster than the Mini, the Air 2 boasts 48MP images (more than most DSLR cameras) and 4K video.
Given rules around privacy and public safety, there are several regulations in Australia around flying your drone. Head to the CASA website for more details.