Using a Drone to Photograph Creatively

Using a Drone to Photograph Creatively

I’ve been flying drones, and experimenting with them as a photography tool for the past few years, but I wasn’t enamored with the quality of photos I was coming home with in the earlier model I was flying. As I waited for the optics to improve on prosumer drones, I took up the hobby of kite aerial photography, which enabled me to loft a quality camera with RAW capabilities several hundred feet into the air. The camera would dangle around aimlessly in the wind (granted I could position it within an approximate area by walking with the kite), and would take several hundred photos in a short period of time. If one or two of those photos turned out worthy of processing, it was a good outing. I enjoyed this rare and unique way of photographing the earth from above, but I was starting to get¬†wary of the constant waiting for a perfect wind day, in which the wind needed to be above 8mph but below 20mph. And I definitely was tiring of the draining exercise of pulling hundreds of feet of kite line back to earth to retrieve the kite at the end of a photo session. As I became¬†more active on Instagram, I noticed that there were some incredible photos being taken by drones. I was still circumspect about the actual image quality, considering that a photo on Instagram is displayed no larger than a few inches in size. I reached out to one of the drone pilots I was following and asked how the resolution was, and whether he would be kind enough to share a...