A Guide to Drone Photography

Aerial photography offers spectacular views of the world from astonishing perspectives. Until recently, only professional photographers with the means to get airborne could master the technique. Drone photography uses high-flying unmanned cameras to capture topography, cityscapes and fragile landscapes from angles that are otherwise inaccessible.

Now affordable, easy-to-handle drones enable even casual shutterbugs to soar to new heights without racking up frequent-flyer miles. With these tips, get ready to discover hidden scenic wonders and elevate your photography skills to the next level.

Choose Your Drone

You’ll find many drones to choose from, but the model you’ll want to buy should be specifically designed for photographic use. Many photography drones are beginner-friendly, with built-in cameras comparable to DSLR cameras in features and price. If you’re new to piloting small aircraft devices, try a camera drone equipped with pilot-assist functions, stabilizers and simple controls. Some models offer downloadable apps to control the drone and access its photos directly from your smartphone. Lightweight, foldable drones are ideal for experienced travel photographers. 

Prepare for Take-off

Before sending your drone into the wild blue yonder, a little preparation will prevent legal and technical challenges during once-in-a-lifetime photo shoots.

Know your local drone laws
Although it looks like a toy, many countries have regulations for small aircraft, and you may need to register your drone with the proper agencies. Also, check your destination for any no-fly zones and protection areas.

Stay charged
Make sure the batteries in your drone and smartphone are fully charged before heading out on a photo shoot. Spare batteries and portable power banks will save the day if you’re traveling in a remote location.

Check the satellite map view
Reviewing your destination in satellite mode can give you a sense of topography and reveal any potential hazards.

Mind the weather
Stay updated on the forecast for conditions that might keep you grounded. Don’t let high winds or humidity impact your drone’s performance and photo quality.

Share Your Images

Once you’ve mastered your new technique, impress your loved ones with custom gifts. Print aerial shots of special locations on Metal Prints for an amazing look. The sky’s the limit!.