One of the most surprising and innovative uses for drones is photography; drones have changed the way that many photographers approach photographic subjects, composition and other components that help them create unique and memorable photographs. If you plan on taking photos with your drone, you will need skill and knowledge; the following are some simple yet highly effective tips and tricks that will help you make great pictures with a drone.

There are simple nine tips to make even higher photos with drone:


Tip 1: Choose a lower ISO setting

Before you take your drone out for a photography session, you should manually head into the settings and lower the ISO. The reason for this is that almost all drone cameras don’t do well with higher ISO settings; a higher ISO setting with a drone camera usually results in too much noise and grain, which will bring down the quality of your photos. To combat this, turn the ISO down to the lowest possible setting on your drone’s camera. The only exception for this if you are shooting at night when a higher ISO will help more than hurt.


Tip 2: Learn to think on your toes

One of the most exciting things about using a drone camera is that you never quite know what to expect. Sometimes, no matter how much you plan or prepare for your photography session, something will cause you to make some changes. The weather in a particular area might differ from the forecast or you could find out that a specific area is off-limits to drones or drone photography or any number of factors that will require you to improvise. Thankfully, devising with drone photography can result in some truly unique photographs. For instance, if the weather is a bit darker than you imagined, you can use the gloomier mood to create some atmospheric photos.


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Tip 3: Use the thirds grid system

Whether you’re new to photography as a whole or merely new to using drones for your photos, one thing is sure: using the thirds grid system ratio rule will improve your photos. This grid system rule is one of the most basic photography rules regarding composition: make sure that the subject of your photo takes up about 2/3 of the photograph. You can also experiment with using a 1/3 ratio, but the result will significantly depend on what you are photographing.


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Tip 4: Take advantage of unique lights and shadows

One of the most significant aspects of drone photography is the ability to play with lights and shadows in a way that is impossible from the ground. Play around with moving the drone until you can use lights and shadows to create beautiful, dynamic and unforgettable shots. For even more unique lighting, take photographs before sunset and after sunrise, when the rising and setting sun will genuinely make some “magic” in the sky.

Tip 5: Try out a “drone” selfie

Selfies are nothing new, but how about a selfie that is taken from the sky? If you want to create a truly unique photo, try setting up a selfie shot from up above. Not only will the angle make for an interesting composition, but the position of the drone can be used to play around with the lighting, whatever buildings or scenery happens to be in the background, and other elements that can all result in an excellent selfie photo that you won’t soon forget. You can also apply this style to photographs of other people, so don’t feel limited to taking selfies!


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Tip 6: Look for symmetry from up above

Drones allow you to see a truly unique perspective, which is why this tip involves looking for equality from the standpoint of your drone. Balance can be found everywhere when you’re looking from high above, including natural scenery, buildings, cities, gardens, landscapes much more. Symmetrical photographs from the perspective of a drone can make for a truly interesting composition, so have a look around—or instead, a look “above”—to find some symmetrical sights worth photographing.

Tip 7: Aim for the horizon

One of the most common mistakes that people make with drone photography is merely shooting from a position directly above the photographic subject. But with a drone, you don’t have to be limited to that specific angle. Maneuver your drone camera around to different sky-high aspects, including aiming it towards the horizon. You can craft some truly interesting shots by allowing the horizon to become the background for buildings, forests, and other natural and human-made landmarks.


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Tip 8: Shoot in RAW

It can be tempting to take your photos with pre-formatted files like JPG or PNG, but it’s best always to shoot your drone photography using RAW data. The reason for this is that the RAW data—though they are large and will require the right software to process—create the most ‘pure’ and high-quality photographs possible. When you shoot using RAW, you are effectively getting the pictures as they are taken, without file compression, grain, or other issues that can occur when you pull your photos in a different format.

Tip 9: Always bring extra charged batteries when you head out

You might feel tempted to charge up your drone and head out without bringing spare batteries, but inevitably, you will be taking some of the most compelling photos of your life thanks to perfect lighting, weather or scenery—only for to get a notice that your batteries are going to die. If you bring spare batteries, all you need to do is pop them in, and you can continue your photography session without missing out on whatever it is that is making your photos so unique.


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Final Thoughts

Drone photography is still an up and coming niche, so if you want to stay ahead of the game, make sure that you are doing everything you can to take better drone photos. The above tips are simple yet effective ways that you can improve the quality of your drone photographs as well as the experience you have when you are out with a photography session with your drone.