Drone flying over Los Angeles
If shooting high quality aerial footage is your number one priority, you obviously want to learn the basics and the secrets to professional aerial photography. Unmanned aerial systems are now the fastest emerging technologies in the world of photography. As manufacturing companies continue to deliver upgraded models, both amateur and professional videographers can capture stunning footage with drone cameras.

Every year, thousands of consumers purchase drones with camera mounts or on-board cameras. This implies that drones either come with a professional camera or a ‘gimbal’ which is rotating mount built to carry a small DSLR.
Downtown Aerial city landscape Shot at sunrise
Downtown Aerial Shot
It is also crucial that you buy a model that features a real-time video feed on its controller or through a smartphone. This feature allows you to view exactly what your drone captures, so you modify your angles and settings to create stunning shots with greater ease.

Getting started with Aerial Videography

Before you dip your toes in the world of aerial videography, you should also know that you need to register any UAV that weighs from 0.55 lbs. to 55 lbs. with the FAA.
Aerial photo of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
Aerial photo of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
Most amateur drone pilots invest in a training drone that can come for just under $60. However, the drone should come with a proper transmitter and not feature a toy-like transmitter that is found in cheap replica products. You can use this drone indoors if you have enough room and outdoors in light winds. While this camera fails to deliver the best footage and stills, it is the cheapest way of learning the basics of drone videography.

Are there no-fly zones for drones?

Yes, first-time drone pilots must also know that strict no-fly zones exist. Don’t break the law and avoid flying near any restricted areas. FAA takes safety and drone laws seriously and you can incur fines of up to $20,000. Renowned manufacturing brands like, DJI, offers a no-fly database to their users, which automatically prevents all pilots from entering a no-fly zone.

Experiment with different altitudes, camera angles and maneuverability to know how to capture stills and shoot videos using a drone. Once you know how to shoot well, you need to learn the basics of post-production which is a crucial part of the process. From splicing frames to correcting colors of a batch of photos, how you treat your footage after the shooting phase decides how your final photographs and videos appear.

While editing can make your footage look better, nothing can replace skills and expertise. Be it Photoshop or Final Cut Pro, every software has its own learning curve. Brush up on your editing skills to churn out professional content.
Drone photo of coastal California highway
Drone photo of coastal California

Bottom Line

There are many training courses online which can help you shoot better. Drone photographers and videographers can also watch tutorials to learn a great deal about the entire aerial photography process.

If you are interested in knowing the basics of aerial photography and videography, you can also follow professional drone pilots to benefit from their advice. Follow them on their social media accounts or enroll into a training course to fly your drone like a professional. Always consider if you will need drone insurance for your hobby or business.

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City drone photography
City drone photography
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