Make Your Drone Photos Exceptional
” For the past few months, I’ve been taking aerial photographs with a drone and I’d love to share some experiences and tips to help you make the most of your aerial photos. The primary drone I shoot with is the DJI Phantom 3 Pro quadcopter but everything I share below can be applied to many other drone models as well.
While the Phantom 3 camera is great, it is not without its faults. It can shoot 12mb RAW photos, but noise and focus are a couple of the camera’s weak points. Camera shake can also be a problem due wind at various altitudes but that is really unavoidable. To minimize these compromising factors, I always make sure to follow these 8 principles.
1) RAW is Key
Every professional photographer will tell you that the best way to shoot is in the RAW format, so that they can later correct the exposure and adjust colors with more control. This is just as important with drone photography. Since the camera resolution is only 12mb it would be extremely limiting to compress your drone images into the JPEG format.
Even if you only want to just shoot for fun, you might shoot a one of a kind drone photo and choose to print it really big and you could later be disappointed that you won’t have the ability to use the full gamut of post-processing options that are available to you through apps like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.”