Whether you’re an established photographer with years of experience or just starting out and learning the basics, aerial photography is undoubtedly in the future of the industry. The ability to capture angles and shots that were largely unachievable has made drones an incredibly popular instrument for a number of different forms of photography. Below are some of the most popular uses and the best drones with tips on how to shoot stunning aerial images.
Wedding Photo & Video Production
Due to the once in a lifetime singularity of wedding photography, there is a ton of pressure to get the perfect shots. Every couple wants their wedding to be special and documenting those precious moments bares a challenging task. In addition to the standard, walking down the aisle, first look, first dance, etc. offer clients a gorgeous aerial view of the entire celebration or a completely atypical angle. Whether its a candid landscape shot of the bride and groom at the alter or an aerial shot of the bride and groom holding hands in a open field, the use of a drone during weddings has become almost customary now.
We realize that even for an experienced drone operator, flying under the pressure of capturing the perfect moment plus the heightened stress levels of a wedding can be rather daunting. This is why we recommend the DJI Inspire 1 for weddings. Even though it is slightly bigger than the Phantom 4, its 360-degree gimbal allows for total coverage when flying up above. Moreover, with the feature capability of having dual operators; one controlling the flight trajectory of the drone and the other controlling the gimbal/camera, it eases the process of flying and capturing the best available shot. This feature is highly raved upon for our fellow wedding photographers and videographers! Not to mention, it is also very smooth and agile when flying and can tackle even the most windy conditions (for those weddings along the beach). Prime locations for drones and weddings are wineries and private estates with abundant space and tricky landscapes. Don’t believe me? Check out the opening to this awesome wedding!
Hiking through Yosemite. Trekking up the ravenous trails of Machu Picchu. Scaling the grandiose glaciers of Iceland. What do all of these have in common? Well, they are all beautiful in their own regard and allow travelers to capture the most unforgettable photos. Hiking for countless hours makes carrying photo/video gear a literal “drag.” Portability and compactness are a traveler’s best friend, but compromising the chance to take life changing photos or videos is not negotiable. So how can you capture the peaks of mountains or even the vast rocky terrains?
The DJI Mavic Pro is the ultimate solution for every traveler’s dream. Weighing just roughly 1.5 pounds and being able to fold up in your palms, the Mavic is super portable and compact. The remote controller and drone can easily fit into any backpack and is serviceable with just a mobile phone. Even though it is tiny, it does not lack any of the technological features of a camera with 4K video resolution at 24fps. Also, with a total transmission range of 4.3 miles, the drone is an eye in the sky and at the click of one button, the peaks of mountains can be captured with ease. But, say you want your trek documented from above with your hands free. The Mavic can employ ActiveTrack which will follow your every move without the need for an operator to track your every step. This drone needs to be in every traveler’s toolbox!
Drones are also great for those who want to use a drone to capture daily adventures, compile video reels, and film documentary-style. By sampling our team of photo and drone junkies here at Lumoid, we have found that the GoPro Karma with its built in hand-held stabilizer and GoPro Hero5 are the ideal setup.
The GoPro Karma is the total package for the photo/video enthusiast that wants to capture every angle from skies down to the ground. Seamless integration of the handheld stabilizer that inserts into the drone allows smooth footage across the board. The Karma drone is serviceable with any of the following GoPro cameras: Hero5, Hero Session5, and Hero4 Black/Silver. The major kicker when it comes to the Karma is that it was built around the idea that anyone can fly it. New pilots will find it extremely easy to get started while experienced pilots will love its flight performance. Simply attach the propellers, mount the GoPro and gimbal, and start up the drone and remote controller and you’ll be in the sky in no time! With its compact size, it can fold up into a personal backpack and be taken on any adventure that lay ahead.
Last but not least, we venture into the depths of sports photography. For numerous years, fast shutter speeds and telephoto lenses have ruled the market. Cable cams and drones have just recently gained popularity, but they are definitely here to stay. Before the introduction of drones, action shots were filmed with helicopters. Major issues arose when filmmakers wanted a closer shot of the action, but due to safety regulations, certain distances had to be maintained. Now, with the compactness of drones and the addition of excellent mounted cameras, the idea of capturing an up close action shot has never been easier. Action adventure sports such as skiing/snowboarding, mountain biking, and surfing are the latest sports to gain major drone traction. Companies left and right are creating exciting hardware/software to have drones autonomously follow the athlete.
The AirDog Drone is a great example of a autonomous sporting drone. By wearing the tracker on your wrist, the AirDog will follow your every move with simplicity and ease – making your life as a skier, surfer, or even mountain biker that much more enjoyable. Pop on a GoPro and you are well on your way to documenting the most awesome footage yet! The best way to capture a shot is to put the drone in Circle mode, making it circle around you to get a full 360 viewing!
Autonomous drones are great, but what about if you wanted to have full control of the drone in your hands at all times? No need to worry! The DJI Phantom 4 is your trusty companion. With 4K capabilities and 12MP stills in DNG (RAW), you can now edit your photos in post with ease. In addition, built in modes such as Follow Me and ActiveTrack still allow autonomous flights, just incase you are feeling a little lazy. The Phantom 4 covers all aspect of flight and photography at once. By being able to switch the onboard camera to manual mode, you can adjust settings such as ISO and shutter speeds. Keep in mind, unlike a DSLR, the Phantom won’t show you if you are shooting over or under exposed (but you can rely on the histogram to be sure).
Need more inspiration for aerial sporting photography, check out this video!
Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist at heart, aerial photography is becoming a staple in every photographers/videographers toolbox. Sampling which drones to choose for certain events that fits your style of cinematography is very important and your friends over here at Lumoid make it super simple to try out the best gear available. So drop by our store or visit our website and get started painting the perfect aerial photograph you’ve been long awaiting.