Aerial Photography: How Drones Have Revolutionized It
Drone technology has not only pushed videography to new heights but has also changed the way people do photography. But before we go there, let’s take a look at how aerial photography has progressed over the years. In the 1800s, aerial photos had to be taken on board a hot air balloon. Photographer and aeronaut Gaspar Félix Tournachon, better known as Nadar, was the first documented man who tried this in 1858. This brings us back to the question of how drones have revolutionized photography today.
The drone has made taking photos from a bird’s eye view much safer. Gone are the days when you have to risk your life and limbs by taking pictures from an aircraft or helicopter. Now, a drone can allow you to take aerial shots while you are on solid ground through remote navigation with a controller. Also, since the drone is small and lightweight, you can easily get the desired perspective even in tight and challenging environments. It has been a game changer for amateurs and professionals specializing in niches as wedding photography. Is it difficult to get an elevated view in an indoor location with your bulky camera equipment? You can solve this problem with a drone.
Since you can do more with a drone camera setup, you can afford to be more adventurous when planning your shots. For example, for a beautiful skyscraper, you can try to bring your machine a little higher so that you can shoot from an angle and altitude that is impossible with a regular camera. Depending on what drone you’re using, you may also rotate or adjust the position of the camera for a fresher take when shooting certain locations and objects. With drone technology, you can be as creative as you like.
There are many potential commercial and non-commercial uses for photos taken from above. Today, they are used for developing topographic maps, archaeology, production of movies, production of content for HD sunglasses, planning land use, poster and postcards, billboards, espionage, commercial color advertising for magazines, environmental and weather studies, hobbies, and many other fields.
In the field of aerial photography, the use of the drone has prevailed. Advances in radio control technology have allowed for the use of aircraft models which are controlled from the ground to conduct low-altitude photography. This solution is primarily used for advertising and in the real estate industry to address safety regulations that prohibit manned aircraft from flying at low altitudes over populated areas. These radio-controlled aircraft work well in this environment and provide the photographer with an economical solution.
Furthermore, if you are getting a drone as a hobby, you may use it without a license as long as you follow the FAA safety guidelines for recreational users such as avoiding drone use near airports, above large crowds of people, and flying in extreme weather conditions.
Finally, regardless of whether you are using a drone professionally or as a hobby, you should consult the local ordinances, statutes, and laws of the city or state you are in because every country has its own rules on drone use.