Drones are no longer a figment of the past, they are the present and future. As technology evolves, drones have been made available to all. There are different types of drones and all vary in sizes. The Photography drone is usually bigger, heavier, and more expensive than toy drones. They are designed for outdoor flight and aerial photography which in turn is great for flying around a park, taking selfies, and getting a bird’s-eye view of your surroundings.
While shopping for a drone for photography, you’ll need to check whether the drone supports an add-on camera or an included camera, keeping in mind the megapixels and video resolution. It’s also important to make a note of whether a photography drone has a gimbal or a fixed camera since a gimbal provides a steady and a smooth cinematic experience as compared to a fixed camera that would make any drone photography beginner feel like a professional.
Other features to look for, that make flying easier include automated flight modes and obstacle avoidance. Many photography drones for hobbyists, like the DJI Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro, support 4K video and include obstacle avoidance and image stabilization. The collapsible Yuneec Breeze is a smaller, more affordable option for someone looking to buy their first photography drone.
High-end photography drones are more expensive and are designed for professional photographers, filmmakers and journalists who need a custom camera and gimbal system to achieve great image quality. Some top-tier photography drones can even require two people — one to fly the drone and another to control the camera. The DJI Inspire 2 is a professional-grade photography drone that makes it easy to produce extremely high-quality 4K HD video.
A great resource to learn about flying drones is the Indian Institute of Drones (IID). The IID helps individuals who have purchased or are looking to purchase their first UAV & have little or no experience in the operation of the drone. The IDD can also help with connecting with others who are interested in drones is an excellent way to find out where to fly and learn proper flying techniques and advanced tips and tricks. They have their branches open in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Gujrat, Mumbai and Nagpur.
Before you let your drone take-off, make sure you update all software and firmware and read the given instructions thoroughly.
To fly a drone in India you will need permission or else it will be considered illegal. And the government is currently in process to come up with some regulations to control the flight distance of a drone. Despite the current issue at hand, drones can be sold in India but if imported from outside India it can be banned unless prior permission is obtained. Usually, you can obtain this permission through the local police department and DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation). Once you have this permission, you will be finally permitted to import drones into India and fly them without any issue.
Based on the October 2014 circular from DGCA, it is in the process of formulating the regulations (and globally harmonize those) for certification & operation for use of UAS in the Indian Civil Airspace. Till such regulations are issued, no non-government agency, organization, or an individual will launch a UAS in Indian Civil Airspace for any purpose whatsoever. You can read more about it here: http://dgca.nic.in/public_notice/PN_UAS.pdf
Now that you’re well versed with the rules and regulations, let’s talk about the main topic: Drone Photography. In the last few years, due to the advancement of technology, Drone Photography has been on the trending list for quite a while. The main industry of drone usage besides photography lies in the field of videography, various scenarios in geography, botany, zoology, sociology, Geographical information services, and defence. Tech enthusiasts have improved their results by using this superior tool.
Do’s and Don’ts for Drone photography
Since drones can reach heights and areas which are not reachable by normal camera equipment, it gives an advantage of a new perspective and unimaginable camera angles. One must take complete advantage and use the aerial view to create beautiful images and illusions. Here are some tips for drone photography:
- It is recommended that the drone user must first practice drone flight and control. This has to be done prior to actually using the camera.
- High altitude photography with wide-angle shots results in great images. The weather must be clear, not hazy nor fogged up, as it can then affect the shots at high altitude.
- Sunny weather: Wipe the camera lens so that the photos aren’t affected by any lens glare so that your footage isn’t ruined.
- Lens hood for the viewfinder is also recommended for a better glare-free view.
- An FPV wireless display is also important as it helps in directing the camera angle and focusing on the actual footage that is being shot
- A drone assists in recording footage from a birds-eye perspective. Wide-angle shots can be now taken easily.
- For smooth flights and optimum recording, the operator must choose a flight with assisted GPS. Now the controls are smooth and cinematic shots are able to be recorded.
- A pre-decided flight path can be very useful during recording footage as it can help you capture a more well-refined footage.
Tiger Studios, www.ccaps.in, have a tech division which helps young photographers and filmmakers in production. They can build equipment such as Slide cams, drones, and other robotic equipment.
-Addi J De Souza