Over the past few years there was a big rise in the usage of drones inside the photography community. The technologies within the drones themselves has enhanced tremendously rapidly with firms like DJI and GoPro investing huge amounts of resources in their products. Security features, size, ease of use and the quality of the pictures from the cameras are the important components to the success of any drone model, and DJI especially has managed to hit the mark using any of these across their customer and professional products lines. Now I don’t need to enter laws and the politics of flying drones here.
Much of this will be applicable to drones such as the Inspire\/ Matrice range, but with interchangeable cameras and lenses I tend to see a greater general quality of images coming from those special models since the cameras have the specs to do better. Personally, I use and recommend DJI drones and happen to be flying them now for photography functions for two and a half years. And I’m sure since the camera technologies carries on to enhance, the increase of drone use will continue its exponential upward path. Anyone who listens to the Job RAWcast podcast or that follows me on some of my social network profiles will likely know that I’m a huge fan of aerial photography, and drones have made it incredibly simple to create this type of imagery for what’s a lower investment compared to time at a helicopter or light plane.
Here are 5 tips for shooting top quality drone images and maximize the potential of your flying cameras. Know your camera – Most customer level drones including the Phantom series of drones and the Mavic Pro have excellent cameras when you consider their physical size, however at the same time can be rather limited in their performance due to the physical size of the sensor, electronic \/ rolling shutters and lack of variable aperture. For Mavic Pro \/ Phantom 4 \/ Phantom 3 models there is a noticeable drop off in image quality in low light conditions and also when shooting scenes using a large depth of field. The drop off in sharpness is very noticeable when shooting out towards a horizon as the f\/2 or f\/2.2 aperture is incredibly wide, but sharpness can enhance substantially when shooting straight down with what’re relatively flat scenes. ISO performance can worsen the quality of an image quite a much lot at low light situations using smaller camera sensors. Shooting in good light or using manual camera controls for the ISO and shutter speed on the Mavic \/ P4 \/ P3 can help improve on this.