Top 4 Tips for Getting Started with Drone Photography
The latest trend in photography is drone photography. But before you rush out and buy the newest model to start your next photography adventure, read this first, as there are many things to consider when deciding to use a drone for photography, and it will be like stepping into a whole new world.
Keep reading to discover my top four tips for getting started with drone photography the right way!
Tip 1. Get The Right Equipment.
With hundreds of options to choose from, this is potentially the most significant area of research you need to devote your time to. Drones can range in price, size, and so much more.
We can categorise them as follows:
Learner Drone – This is the perfect style drone for those just getting their foot in the door, you can get a good one for just under £60.00, which seems like a lot, but it will be invaluable whilst you learn.
Part integrated – These have a built-in 4k camera to record and take images. Unfortunately, the resolution of these cameras can be pretty bad. However, if you are talented in the editing room, this could be a perfect choice.
Non integrated fully customisable – This is the omega of drones. Fully customisable for all options in photography and recording. It is the most expensive at around £1000 and rising, but it does offer a wide variety of options to suit your needs.
Remember, take your time and research well. A learner drone is perfect, to begin with, and will help you determine if drone photography is the right option for you.
Tip 2. Know the Law
The popularity of drones has skyrocketed over the past several years, but the laws and restrictions regarding safe flight regulations have also become stricter. It is perfectly legal to operate drones in the UK, but there is one setback. You cannot fly your drone over railway lines! There are a few reasons for this, including the EMP signal interfering with your drone’s electronics. The way around this is to ensure that you have planned out your flights and take the picture safely from the train to avoid potential damage.
Remember, when it comes to drones, follow the law.
Tip 3. Learn To Fly
Learning to fly is probably the essential thing to do before you begin your adventure into drone photography.
Start with the basics using the following exercises in a controlled environment, moving into wilder terrains as you get to grips with the basic controls:
Exercise 1: Take off, hover and land
Exercise 2: Conduct some lateral movements
Exercise 3: move in a fluid motion of squares and circles
Remember, keep in mind the following things to avoid as you learn the basic skills.
Keep the flight height below 400 feet above ground level
Don’t fly within three miles of an airport or a landing strip
Keep your drone within the pilot’s sight at any given time during the flight
Adhere to flight safety rules (keeping the drone away from wildlife, buildings, and pedestrians)
Respect all the no-fly zones
Tip 4. Preparation is Key
Drone photography is a great hobby, but you must ensure you are ready for the day. Making a pre-flight checklist may seem silly, but it will save you time and energy whilst keeping you safe and within the law. If it’s raining or windy, you do not want to be flying a £300 drone. If you’re going somewhere new, you will want to check if you require permission to take images in the local area.
Remember, the more prepared you are, the better set up you will be for the day ahead.
EHang 184 is most likely the most expensive drone, $300,000.
Drone photography is on the rise, and you can get some truly magnificent and awe-inspiring shots. First, however, you must ensure that you are operating within the law, trained and well versed in drone flight and not to mention preparation for any eventuality that may happen.
I personally do not have a Drone, not sure if I even would like one. Have a read about My Camera for Railway Photography that I have, hope you enjoy it.