Advanced Drone Photography Tips: Planning and Strategy

Posted by rentauas 02/06/2020 0 Comment(s) Blog,

The best results often come about due to good planning. Same is true in photography, videography, and drone photography. Strategy and planning are essential steps for how to plan a drone photo shoot. For our examination of landscape photography with a drone, we’ll consider overall strategy and how to plan to reach the goal of your strategy.

Table of Contents

  • Choose a Strategy First
  • Planning Details - The Beginning Stage
  • Plan Your Flight Around the Shots
  • Storyboard Your Shots
  • Check and Monitor Conditions
  • Pre-Flight Check
  • Fly Through / Shoot Though
  • Shoot Extra and Edit
  • Make It Fun

Choose Strategy First

Every stage of planning will depend on deciding on a basic strategy. Early on in our planning stage, we will choose if we are shooting video, still images, or a combination of both. If we are shooting video only, that will cause us to choose smoother flight modes. If we are shooting still images, we can fly quickly to get into position then stabilize for the shots. We can also decide ahead of time if we are shooting A-Roll or B-Roll for video, or what type of landscape still image we are wishing to capture. Do we want a high level scenic view? A point of view closer to ground level and the subject? Or something in between? Once the basic overall strategy is determined, then we can start working on how to plan a drone photo shoot. The planning is where the details are.

Planning Details - The Beginning Stage
A good place to start with drone photography planning tips is to remind yourself of the capabilities and limitations of your drone photography gear. Thankfully, the newest drones have a lot of capabilities that we can incorporate into our overall strategy. As a good example of this, if we look at the DJI Mavic line of drones, it’s more a matter of certain models adding extra features and capabilities than anything else.

The DJI Mavic Mini is a modest budget option drone that is also below the weight limit for certain restrictions and regulations concerning drone photography and flying. Yet, within its extremely light weight, it boasts features and capabilities that can capture high resolution still images and high quality video. It also has advanced flight modes for specialty images and video, plus a 30 minute battery range. Controlled from your own iPhone, this is a powerful choice either as your first drone or as a nice lower cost upgrade from an earlier generation drone.

Their mid-range option, the DJI Mavic Air 2, upgrades your capabilities with a larger sensor camera for even more resolution and higher quality video recording. It adds a faster top flight speed and slightly longer battery life, as well as even more sophisticated flight modes to give you more shooting or filming options.

For professionals or anyone else requiring the highest quality imaging and video, it’s hard to beat the DJI Mavic 2 Pro with the best in class 20MP Hasselblad L1D-20c gimbal camera, improved flight performance, and live video remote feed from over 5 miles away. Just think of all you could do with that.