6 Tips for AWESOME Drone Photos | Drone Photography Tips

– Hey guys, this is James Shooter for NatureTTLcom, and today we're going to be looking at the top tips for aerial photography using drones

(tranquil music) (camera clicks) Drones don't like the rain Not only are your motors going to get wet, but also the front of your camera, so just don't do it Strong winds can be a problem as well They can lead to shaky footage, but also the propellers coming into shots as the whole drone leans forwards As a general rule of thumb, you want a fast shutter speed that's going to counteract the vibrations that the propellers are going to make in the air

For film, you actually want the opposite You want a slow shutter speed, and that's really going to smooth out those vibrations and create a smoother video overall It's worth noting that sometimes you can't get those slow shutter speeds, and you can actually get a neutral-density filter that will block out some of the light going into the drone so you can achieve those slower shutter speeds, around 1/50 of a second when filming Aperture-wise, you can't choose an aperture on a DJI Phantom, and that's worth noting, and also the ISO capabilities aren't that great because it's such a small sensor If you're wanting different settings, it might be worth looking at an Inspire, which is a grade above, where you can choose aperture, and the ISO's going to be better as well

Now because you can't really use graduated neutral-density filters with drones, especially when filming, because the horizon's forever shifting, you really want to be shooting either front-lit or side-lit If you shoot back-lit, you're going to be shooting into the sun, and that bright sky's going to be too hard to balance the land The only thing you need to watch out for if you're shooting front-lit, if the sun's directly behind you, it's going to create a little halo in your image, and that's because the sunlight's dispersing through the propellers in the drone It's not so much of an issue in still photography because you can just clone it out But in moving photography, it can really spoil a shot as it's tracking through your scene

With lighting in mind, if you do have to shoot back-lit, or there isn't very much sunlight on your land, you can bracket the scene So that means taking three or five different exposures, and then you'll blend them together in Photoshop afterwards to balance the scene So it can be achieved a different way In the air you'll see some spectacular vistas I almost always choose to do several panoramas at a 16 by seven format, alongside the more standard six by four

This will incorporate more of the scene, and it'll also add to your resolution This Phantom 3 Professional actually only shoots at 12 megapixel files, so by shooting panoramas you're increasing that file size Now just because your camera's in the air, it's easy to think that your camera's getting great shots no matter what That's not always the case You still need to follow the rules of landscape photography

Remember the Rule of Thirds, look for leading lines in the landscape, and maybe sometimes even cut out the sky, look for patterns or different perspectives from straight above So cheers for watching my 10 tips for aerial photography I hope you've enjoyed it and maybe learned something along the way, too The main three things to remember is be responsible, get creative, and don't break it (propeller whizzing) ♫ This is our jam ♫ This is our jam

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