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Of Drones, Photography and Everything in Between

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A lot has already been said and written about drones and their capabilities.  Drones are being put to use quite frequently these days. Earlier, we had people who found it hard to use drones, but now, everybody seems to be warming up to the idea of using drones.

Why drones?

Getting an answer isn’t all that difficult. Drones tend to make everybody’s life easy. You can get a heavy-duty drone at a reasonable price. Obviously, you will have to shell out more if you plan to buy an advanced drone having a range of added features. Plus, drones are easy to operate. In case you are a first-time buyer, watching a few tutorials on YouTube can help you immensely.

Walking on an uneven terrain can be quite uncomfortable. Also, higher altitudes can scare some people. It happens to the best of us. Going 10,000 feet above sea level is not everybody’s cup of tea. This is where drones come into the picture.

Of late, there has been a significant rise in the use of drones for carrying out aerial photography and videography. Construction businesses and defence forces are using drones frequently to conduct location recce. Professionals generally choose   DJI drones because of their reliability. Those having deeper pockets can also go for DJI Spark drones.

Drone photographers may face some difficulties while using drones to capture videos and still images. Here are a few tips to help you stay on top of the game.

1. Shooting in automatic mode would help

A lot of us have this habit of clicking pictures in manual mode while using a DSLR. Generally, photographers do not choose to shoot photos in automatic mode, but drones are usually put on automatic exposure mode while shooting videos and capturing stills. The reason is: Drone users already have a lot of things on their to-do list and getting to control the exposure manually would only end up complicating matters. If you are a first-time user, then auto exposure is strongly recommended. Once you get used to the buttons, you can then choose to set the exposure manually.

2. racket your photos

Bracketing the pictures can ensure the right amount of exposure. Usually, all drone cameras are capable of carrying out 3-shot brackets. This can be used to either underexpose or overexpose the shots by one stop.

3. Filters would come in handy

The camera of your drone has a single lens. This means that you’ll  not have a lot of options while changing shutter speeds. Buying a few filters having neutral density can help immensely. Generally, these filters are used while capturing videos, but these can also help while capturing still images.

If you have adequate financial resources at your disposal, then you can also go for polarizing filters.  These filters keep reflections at bay.

4. Have multiple batteries at your disposal

Well, this one goes pretty much without saying. Always take a few extra batteries along whenever you embark on a photography assignment. The average battery life of a drone is 20-30 minutes. Now, that’s not a lot of time. This means that you’d have to carry a bag full of batteries if you’re planning to undertake a drone photography assignment. There’s every possibility that you won’t get enough time to charge the batteries while changing locations. So, it’s better to take 4-6 batteries along.

5. Keeping it low

A DJI drone usually flies at a height of 400 feet. Make it a point to stay away from the trees, wires, power lines, and other similar obstacles. It’s advisable to keep the drones low if you want to capture some breathtaking photos and videos. The images you capture would look quite similar to the ones we see on Google Earth.

That’s it, folks. Enjoy the photography thing…