Tips for Awesome Landscape Drone Photography

Drones became extremely popular due to their ability to capture incredible images of landscapes thanks to their ease of finding unique and very difficult to reach perspectives. But these photos have their science and to achieve the perfect photography you must know some important things first. That is why, on this occasion, I bring you some tips so that you can take amazing landscape photographs!

Higher does not mean better: It is easy to be tempted to fly high to get a better image, but it does not always happen. Sometimes, keeping the drone close to the ground can give you a much more detailed panoramic perspective of the place you want to capture with your camera. It doesn’t mean that you can’t take photos from high altitudes (as long as you respect the law), it’s just a matter of exploring the best way to capture that landscape in front of you!

Learn how to exposure bracket with your drone: Exposure bracketing involves taking multiple exposures of the same scene, some being underexposed and some being overexposed so you can record a much larger dynamic range. You then take those bracketed exposures and blend them together into one image in post-production.

The golden hour: Many photographers consider that there are certain periods of time that can give you better lighting and a better play of light and shadow. These schedules are between 30 – 60 minutes after sunrise and before sunset, because the sun is still in a low position but still gives enough light to take good pictures.

Terrain View: Google Maps has a tool that has greatly helped drone pilots and photographers: Terrain View. This tool gives you a geological view of the place of your interest, making it possible to schedule a flight route for your drone or locate a specific point on the map that you think may be potential to take interesting photographs, all from your home, without having to go on an adventure with your drone and explore the region of your interest blindly.

The importance of symmetry: A photograph can be excellent if you can find a good symmetry. Drones have that unique ability to find symmetry in the world due to their particular aerial view, which gives unique perspectives of a natural or urban environment that we could not see from the ground. A tip to find a good symmetry is to find the perfect combination between urban and rural, because this type of photos give a more specific symmetry and make your photos brighter!

Contrasting Textures: As well as symmetry, drones also have that unique ability to capture contrasting textures. Paths of footprints in the sand, snow angels, waves in the water, a multitude of figures that you can capture with an aerial view, whether in urban or natural environments, it is only a matter of exploring!

Side lights: Photographs with sidelights are usually taken with devices that illuminate a figure to give a play of lights, shadows and depth. But you can also use natural light despite not having control over it! Just as in the golden hour mentioned above, having sunlight from a certain angle can give landscapes unique and perfect scenarios for a beautiful photograph!

Use a tablet: The tablets are the best devices when it comes to piloting your drone and taking pictures, you can have better maneuverability than with a SmartPhone and it offers you many more vision, control and information tools for your photographic works!

Remove all distractions from your screen: Generally when we fly our drone we see different tools and functions on our screen that are very necessary, but these can distract you when you start taking photos. If you want to observe a good composition for your photographs, just keep the first person view of your drone on your screen until you find it. Once that is done, you can reactivate all the tools on your screen.

Know the limitations of your drone: Although your objective is the photographs, you must be very attentive to the flight conditions! There may be cases where you want to capture an image from a very distant point or with strong winds and your battery is not enough to be able to return home again, causing your drone to go astray or land in a dangerous place, such as Traffic or water. Be alert about all these details so that there is no risk!

Always keep spare batteries: Experts photographers know to take a good photo requires concentration, patience, but most of all time. And flying with just one battery is never going to be enough! Buy different spare batteries so you can get better results by taking your photos!

Boy manages quadrocopter, and plays with his drone in the park. Copter and boy

Types of drones

Drones are increasingly evolving within the global market, occupying an important position and bringing new improvements and tools for different types of uses. This resulted in different types of drones for specific functions. Therefore, when you go to buy a drone, first investigate which drone best suits your needs according to the tools, configurations and accessories it provides. For that reason, I bring you here what types of drone you can buy and what are the uses you can give them.

  1. Toy drones: These drones are usually the simplest version of these devices. Their small sizes and the low cost they have make these drones recurring gifts for children. Its only function is to fly at short distances and its materials are mainly made of plastic, as well as bringing a built-in battery so it makes them the safest type of drone (Still, you have to be careful with their propellers!). If you are going to buy one of these drones, try to come from a recognized brand because they are very simple to double in drones of lower quality, taking the risk that your battery system will be damaged quickly, be more dangerous or easily destroyed with the hits.
  2. Hobbie drones: These are the average drones that you can find in the market and, from these drones, the concepts of reach, speed, autonomy and camera begin to take importance. Fortunately, this type of drones has the largest variety, offering you a wide range of options to choose from according to your needs and preferences. These drones can touch the line between the usual and the professional, since multiple drones of this type have the necessary tools and functions to be included as a work tool in different fields such as photography, construction, security, promotions and sales, among other.
  3. Professional drones: From this point we can see how drones can have very specific improvements in each of their functions for different very specific functions, so these drones can have a very different size and weight. The cameras have much better resolution and some drones can be incorporated with specific cameras or lenses such as infrared lenses, 3D mapping or for the film industry. The rotors of these drones can be much less noisy. They have greater autonomy, range and battery life. And finally, and essential in any professional drone, it is an advanced GPS system, improved location and location functions, better device control and complementary applications to improve the experience of using your device.
  4. Selfie drones: While most of the drones come with a camera and with everyone we can make selfies, a selfie drone is to take with you to friends, excursions, etc. and you should be able to carry it comfortably in a small backpack, even in the pocket. Most of the selfie drones are foldable and in addition to this they do not require radio control to drive it. They can be driven with your mobile and even through gestures. Not having to necessarily carry the radio control makes it much easier to transport the drone. These drones are controlled from your mobile or tablet, compatible for both Android and iOS (they can also be monitored with the radio control) and it is on the mobile screen where you can see in real time the images captured by the drone camera and choose The best take. There are selfie drones for each and every one of the pockets, from really cheap drones suitable to start, to drones with professional possibilities.
  5. Racing drone: These uses were not originally planned for drones, but which has recently gained a lot of boom due to the fascination of its theme, are drone racing. And it is that these races are a combination of speed, technology and skill that has been most attractive to a very varied audience. This fever for drone racing had its professional start with the birth of the “Drone Racing League”, a group made up of the best drone drivers worldwide who compete in different stages races with cumulative scores, to demonstrate their skills in handling these devices.
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Remember that for any of these uses (except toy drones) you must be certified as a pilot and follow without fail the regulations established by the law of your country. For the United States, we have classes so you can pass Part 107! Look at our website and find out everything about our classes!

10 uses of drones that insurance does not know.

This new paradigm of Drone-based inspections is helping industries improve efficiency and quality of data acquisition while increasing safety and speed of delivery. Although a new and emerging technology, (which is still evolving), in early 2018, most companies are not aware of the possible benefits they can achieve using small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAVs) to inspect their assets.

Present Challenges of Traditional Asset Inspections

The first thing is to realize there are several challenges with traditional asset inspection methods. Most often, the boss is aware of the high costs, risks and the long time it takes to carry out a traditional inspection. Despite having this knowledge, the organization will most likely be looking at ways to improve on the methods, but rarely looking at drones as an alternative.

Already, there are several industries that are using drones to inspect a wide range of assets, including aerial photography, surveying, deliveries, asset inspections and more. Others are just starting, while the rest have yet to make the decision. While companies using the drones can quickly and safely produce detailed and accurate inspection data, the ones relying on traditional methods will find it hard to do so over the same period. The scope of drone use case applications will vary from one company to the other, but the building industry, energy, insurance, real estate and others with similar requirements are using drones to carry out a wide range of inspections. There are several benefits to using drones to perform activities, such as asset inspections, which are traditionally risky, costly and time-consuming. In addition, it replaces the traditional methods that are likely to produce inaccurate data due to human error and other factors.

Compelling Details and Benefits of Drone Inspections vs. Traditional Methods

The development of drones in the last few years is changing, which is enhancing the inspection process by making it safer, inexpensive and less time-consuming. UAV technology has many benefits; here are 10 compelling reasons for considering drones as an alternative.

1. Drones minimize the obvious dangers and health risks

Drones enable easy and safe inspections of tall and complex structures, especially the inspections of facilities such as oil and gas refineries, flare stacks, and pipelines. They eliminates the need for workers to physically access hostile environments, where factors such as height, wind, waves, weather, and radiation can lead to accidents or health issues. Drones can easily access difficult-to-reach areas while eliminating the need for a human to go there using the risky mechanical tools.

2. Collection of in-depth and higher detail data

UAVs equipped with obstacle avoidance capabilities are able to navigate very close structures, allowing them to capture minute details. They can take high-resolution images or 4K video that clearly show cracks, damage, misplaced wires and other defects at elevations and angles that humans cannot. This allows for collection of more comprehensive data without exposing the inspection team to risks.

3. Quick deployment or launch

Licensed FAA remote pilots can launch a drone inspection within a very short time upon request. Since it only takes minutes to launch a drone-based inspection, UAVs are suitable for both regular and emergency scenarios. In addition, drones are fast and capable of completing an inspection in 5-20 minutes. As such, an insurance company, construction engineer, lending company or prospective home buyer can easily request an inspection and get results in less than one hour.

4. Flexibility to suit a majority of inspections

Drones have the ability of high or low altitude inspections and come in various sizes, providing a wide selection to suit a variety of inspection needs. In addition, the flexibility and ease of customizing with a diverse variety of tools allows them to be equipped with endless applications. This is very useful for building developers and rooftop inspections. Drones can take photos, capture video, take thermal images, transmit data, and other functions that enable them to collect and share information that would take days using conventional means.

5. Easily shareable data

With standard software and analytical tools, images and other information collected from a project site can be used to generate standard reports that are easily shared across different sectors. The information can be customized for different industries, making it easier for professionals in any industry to easily interpret and share relevant data.

6. Use Drones for marketing and advertising

Other than inspections for maintenance and other purposes, drones can provide outstanding video footage for marketing initiatives. In real estate, for instance, high-quality images and cinematography will give potential investors, whether buyers or tenants, a better view of properties they are considering.

7. Little to zero downtime for equipment and systems

Most manual inspections require shutting down equipment or systems to avoid damage or injuries to the inspection personnel. However, drones can safely inspect complex systems, such as wind turbines, radars, communication towers and other infrastructure, while they are operating. This means that inspection does not interfere with services or production.

8. Ability to inspect difficult to reach and hazardous areas

Drones are making it possible for professionals to easily collect aerial data in places where it would be logically impossible. It is less risky and safer to use drones in hostile environments for applications, such as radiation monitoring, inspecting high-voltage lines, and other installations that can cause injuries or health problems. Since most of these applications must be inspected while still in operation, a manual process would require more expensive equipment and protection gear.

9. Low insurance costs

Manual inspections are risky and require paying insurance for inspectors and workers before carrying out the tasks. Insurance requirements for drones are minimal and mission-based, hence with much lower costs. In addition, the risks of injury is reduced dramatically in a drone-based inspection.

10. Save time and money

Drones minimize the high cost and time required to erect ladders, access towers, swing stages, aerial lifts, and other heavy equipment. In addition, you do not have to hire or acquire ladders, heavy equipment and large pickup trucks for every inspection. Since the job takes less time, it means that you can inspect more assets in one day.