Common Drone Photography Mistakes You Can Avoid

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  By Michael Moodie
Common Drone Photography Mistakes You Can Avoid

Drone photography has somewhat become an epidemic amongst creatives as it becomes more affordable and lucrative in today’s industry. The popularity with drones grew more and more as manufacturers started to improve their line of products by making an adjustment to distance, video quality and also image quality. However, with all these improvements we sometimes still end up making a few simple mistakes. This article will speak to some of those mistakes that are commonly made by beginners and sometimes even professionals. Most of if not all of these mistakes can be easily corrected so let’s get into it.

1. Composition

One of the first mistakes commonly made in drone photography that I also once did was having very poor or boring composition. As photographers who use hand-held cameras, it is kinda easy to be a bit thrown off or rather out of your element when composing a shot on a drone. There is often added pressure as your flight time may be very limited as well as the paranoia of crashing into anything and losing or end up damaging your drone. However, this is no excuse for a boring composition.

I know many of us upon getting a new drone to become very excited and want to just about capture anything from in the air but I urge you to put more thought into what you’re capturing. Take a look at your frame and consider if the elements within it are worth capturing or if they add no creative value to the shot itself.

2. Bad Timing

Timing is very important when it comes to drone photography and can often dictate whether or not you will be wasting your time putting your drone in the air. Take into consideration the position of the sun as it relates to the time of day. Shooting in the harsh sun can often create harsh shadows which often result in drone shots that are not very appealing or might be a headache to correct during post-production.
I often recommend capturing drone images during two times of the day.

These two periods of the day are sunrise and sunset. Flying your drone to capture images during this time of the day will yield rewarding results with even and soft light that is pleasing to the eye. Of course, this might not be the case for everyone depending on where you are trying to fly your drone as the lighting situations might be a bit different but nonetheless try to avoid shooting in harsh lighting situations.

3. Horrible Weather

Speaking of bad timing brings us to our next point of shooting in bad weather. While it is obviously not recommended that you fly your drone to capture shots while it’s raining, it is also pointless to capture shots during dull weather. Dull weather will yield dull results even in the best locations.

If you want to create amazing drone images at amazing locations then invest a little more time into planning and taking a look at your weather app or research the forecast from different outlets to assure you will get the type of whether you need to truly capture your location to the best of your potential.

4. Skewed Horizon

This is probably one of the most common mistakes made by pretty much anyone some time. We end up with a horizon that is not particularly straight and kinda throws off your whole image. By extension, this mistake can also make your shot look pretty amateur. However, there is a simple fix to this such as check your horizon before taking your shot or simply correct it during post-production.

5. Research

It’s easy to not use your drone or your equipment to its full potential when you are not aware of what it’s potential actually is. Most of us get caught up in the moment of actually owning a drone and being able to do simple functions to get good aerial shots but that’s it. We don’t invest enough time into learning a little more about the features and tricks all piled up into this machine. Not being aware of these things can easily lead to lost opportunities.

This is whereas we have these feature to our disposal to use in different scenarios but we simply did not try to learn about them. To solve this, I recommend simply reading a few blog post here and there to be educated on things you were not exactly sure about. You could also use youtube to your advantage and get some insight as to how other well-known photographers or videographers use their drone to achieve different styles or images in drone photography.

I hope this article has served as being helpful in acknowledging some of this minor but also significant mistakes made in our drone photography. As creatives, we are not perfect and can always improve our work in different ways. Until next time, thank you for stopping by.

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Michael Moodie is a Freelance Photographer and Photojournalist. He Enjoys Lifestyle Photography and Traveling while doing all things creative!

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