you’ve established the drone’s position
for the image you want to make, you
don’t want to keep tweaking the drone
into place while waiting for the shot.
A drone that has very little to no drift
over the flight time of the battery is
good to have for photography.
;e camera that is attached to the
drone will probably be the most
important factor for producing good
images. A drone that will allow a variety
of selectable payloads by the pilot will
be the best choice, but this will come
at a much higher cost. Here are some
photographic specific features you will
want on the camera:
Camera format. Make sure that the
camera can shoot in RAW format as
well as JPEG. ;e RAW format will allow
more work/corrections to be made
in post (working in the computer) to
improve the image quality. RAW image
format takes all of the information gathered from the photo sensor in the
camera and saves it all to the card. JPEG format takes all the information,
processes it, reduces the file down to a smaller size by throwing out
pixels, and then saves that image to the card.
Larger image size. Look for cameras that can create images that are at
least 12 to 16 megapixels as this will create a sharp image when enlarged
GETTING STARTED WITH AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
to 8x10 or more. ;e more pixels there are in the sensor, the more image
detail will be in the saved file.
Shutter/aperture control. Will the camera allow you to have control over
the shutter, aperture, or both? Having control over both is best, but it
will, most likely, be manual control over the shutter speed, which is the
minimum you should have on the camera.
Capturing events that
are high above the
ground at about eye
level opens up a new
world of possibility.
;e camera on this DJI
Phantom 4 will shoot
12.4mp images in RAW and