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Drone photography is a rapidly growing industry, with many professionals starting to emerge from the large pool of amateurs. Below are some inspirational tips from some of the most accomplished and highly skilled drone and aerial photographers on what it takes to take great aerial shots.

Eric Cheng

 “Of course, the goal is to make the tech invisible, to show the audience viewpoints and perspectives that enhance the story and draw viewers in, not remind them that they can buy a flying camera at Target next weekend.” 

The Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI, Eric Cheng is renowned aerial and underwater photographer. He basically says here that you want to make sure people viewing your photography are unaware that a drone was used to capture it. This means making sure you can’t see its reflection or shadow in any images. If you can master this technique, it will make your photography look much more professional.

Photo by Mariusz Prusaczyk

Michael B. Rasmussen

“I believe that there is always something new to learn, new techniques to explore, and there is always room for growth.”

This simple but effective quote from photographer Michael B. Rasmussen shows you that you can always improve your craft, no matter how good you already are. He has worked as an aerial photographer for over 20 years with thousands of amazing photos, and he still calls himself an “amateur.” If is still trying to improve his work every day, then you should be too.

Photo by Hanson Lu

Amos Chapple

“Getting a great aerial photograph is just about spending time out there shooting. I never expect to get a strong image on the first day. You have to feel the place out—which angle is best, when the sun catches certain details, etc. Once you know the site inside out, it’s a matter of waiting for a gift from the weather.”

New Zealander photographer Amos Chapple perfectly states that adage that practice makes perfect with this quote. Also, patience is a virtue when it comes to aerial photography. If you truly want to get that dream shot, you have to spend time at the location, to truly get a feel for it. Don’t expect to get the perfect shot the first time. Keep coming back until you are fully satisfied.

Photo by Kensuke Saito

Calin Stan

 “Simply, the subject and the moment of the day, the light. Like any other photograph, these are the most crucial things to have in mind. You have to spot a great subject and to photograph it in the right moment. Also, you need to be creative, to observe patterns, lines, circles, whatever helps you achieve a great composition. The drone is a really great tool, but keep in mind that the photograph is your creation.”

Calin’s point here is that the drone is there to help you capture these great images, but you have to do most of the work. Being able to see the uniqueness in shots that people haven’t seen before is really what will make your photography stand out from the rest.

Photo by Josh Gman

Reese Lasman

 “I like to look for everyday things that we see from ground level and photograph them from a perspective people don’t usually get to experience … When I’m fly around people, animals, or property I’m always very focused on not making mistakes”

The whole point of shooting with drones is to see things in a way that can’t be seen from just flat ground. It goes along perfectly with Calin’s point on being able to see unique features from above. Reese also adds to always be cautious and safe, which is really the most important thing to be aware of when taking your photography.

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