Life is filled with fun, so your aerial photos should be too! SkyPixel recently invited three popular and immensely talented photographers to offer tips on making aerial photos fun. They are: Petra Leary, Martin Sanchez, and Victoria Volchenko. Enjoy!
1. The most important thing: experiment and enjoy yourself
Petra Leary: “My first pointer for creating fun photos: HAVE FUN. It’s the most basic, but the most important.
When I head out to shoot with my drone I’m always on the lookout for things that pop, draw my eye to them, and/or stand out from the ordinary. I love to look for bright colors or interestingly-shaped objects, patterns in architecture, geometry and symmetry in the public spaces and locations with something slightly different from the norm.”
Petra: “Experiment with height. Although flying your drone way up into the air will give you some great views of the area, sometimes my favorite (and best) photos are those taken from only a few meters above.
Play with shooting from different heights. This can really give your photographs a very unique look, it’s also great for really focusing on your subject matter and what you are trying to display.
For example, when shooting sports such as basketball or skateboarding I often like to get up close to the action, this allows me to really capture the movement and body language of my subjects and what is going on in the scene. Combine this with an interesting location and you’re bound to create a fun, eye-catching photograph.”
Martin Sanchez: “Most important: enjoy your time in the air! Sometimes the best masterpieces are revealed by experimenting with new things or trying out new methods, but don’t forget that the point of flying should be to enjoy yourself!”
2. Look for interesting surfaces
Martin: “Find an interesting surface to shoot can give you a white canvas to open your imagination. Use this to your advantage when it comes to setting up your shot. This is where you will find a whole new perspective.”
Victoria Volchenko: “Find some lines and shapes, which can be found using Google Maps (satellite mode) or Google Earth. Top-down photos of natural or man-made and unusual shapes are usually fun.”
3. Add objects to your compositions
Martin: “Add objects to draw your ideas. Adding extra objects to your composition might help your visual representation. Try creating a world in your composition. Think of it as adding the details to the painting, but don’t overdo it.”
Victoria: “Get dirty. Remember, we are not shooting a documentary, so don’t be afraid to look funny in front of other people. Feel free to lie down and get dirty for the photo. Don’t let your company be bored while you drone! Involve your friends, as many as you can! Be involved in the picture, sometimes it’s not enough just to lie down and be gorgeous! You have to be the part of the picture and make it alive with your presence. “
Petra: “I was lucky enough to capture an image recently of a friend and his partner enjoying a summer day in the pool. It sounds pretty ordinary I know, but my subject being covered head to toe in tattoos lying next to his girlfriend with absolutely no tattoos really created an amazing juxtaposition and the bright colors of the pool toy and water created a very interesting overall photo.”
There are a million ways to take aerial photos, but using some of the tips mentioned above can help you create images that are beautiful, inspiring, and fun! The SkyPixel aerial photo & video contest is still going on until February 18, so hurry if you want to submit your entries! Show us your best photos and videos and you could win incredible prizes like an Inspire 2 professional combo or a Hasselblad X1D.
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Note: Aerial photos taken above people were captured on closed sets, involving consenting participants, and using special safety procedures. Always fly responsibly, and avoid flying over people unless authorized in your jurisdiction.