One of the most exciting developments in photography in the last year or two is the drone – high flying cameras that enable you to capture unique viewpoints of common subjects.
Recently the cost of getting a camera into the air has dropped dramatically and if you decide to venture down this road I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Apart from the amazing images you will capture, they are also tremendous fun!
As a travel and landscape photographer, drones are fascinating to me. From the first time I saw the images that small consumer drones can produce, I knew I had to have one.
You’re no longer depending that much on locations or positions. The one shot you were wishing to take from “up there” can now be achieved with a machine that costs you less than an expensive DSLR lens.
What about the image quality?
You will be surprised to learn that even an entry level drone, or flying cameras as I think of them, are capable of:
Shooting in RAW
Utilise AEB (Automatic bracketing system) of 3 or 5 shots
Burst shooting 3,5 or 7 frames
Use D-log (which is a fancy name for the settings that produce more dynamic range than standard picture)
Shutter speed of up to 8 seconds
Flying up to 2km (1.2 miles) horizontally or up to 500m (546 yards) in vertically
Stay up to 25 minutes in the air
Functioning in both cold and hot environments
Fly in altitude up to 5 km
Have auto HDR function in software applications
Have real time video feed of the flight so you will be framing exactly as you want without second guessing
Have a tripod worthy gimbal stabilisation system
Have a wide angle lens, which is great for landscape photography
That’s just the beginning. Some advanced models have interchangeable lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras and if that’s not enough, and you have a hefty budget to spend, you can buy even more advanced drones that can carry mirrorless or even DSLR cameras.
Landscape Photography with a Drone
So, how can you do landscape photography with a drone? If you know the basic principals of photography, it’s the same as with any other camera. You have manual mode to control different aspects of your camera and you have settings to make the picture as good as possible. You have a remote control that can be connected to phone or tablet so you can see in real time what exactly you are shooting. In theory it’s very similar to the way you shoot your “normal” landscape pictures.
You’ve got many opportunities to make a terrific landscape photo with a drone. There are no excuses any more. However, the most important thing about drones is the freedom to fly to the heights not accessible to you before, shoot new perspectives of things you’ve photographed lots of times before, use new angles and, most importantly, be creative without boundaries.
It’s exiting days for aerial photography, professional and enthusiasts, and I could not wait to see more amazing landscape pictures.
Below, you will find more examples of stunning landscape photography that you could use for inspiration on your travels or to add more to your portfolio.
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