To craft impressive aerial photography, it is crucial to create a sense of depth with your shots from the sky. Read on to learn the tips and tricks to ensure your images are truly one of a kind.
Compared to cameras and smartphones, drones can have a wider field of view, making them perfect for nature and landscape photography.
Shoot from different heights and angles to create a variety of creative shots.
Usually, a down-facing lens creates flat shots, while an oblique lens creates a stronger sense of depth.
Even shots with a similar angle can evoke different feelings by utilizing water reflections to manipulate space as seen above.
If you are interested in improving your images with a sense of depth and space, here are six tips to try:
How to Create a Sense of Space with Aerial Photography
Look for a Foreground and Background
Depending on the distance between the target and camera, we can divide the space of a frame into the foreground, subject, and background.
The foreground, as the word itself implies, is the element in-between a camera and the subject, while the background refers to the elements behind the subject.
The foreground and background naturally create a sense of depth that makes an image more appealing.
You can hide part of the subject behind the foreground to create a clear sense of depth.
Additionally, remember to include a background to accentuate depth in your photos.
When composing a photo, you can use lines to attract the audience’s attention. Lines can also help to create a sense of depth.
Lines extending to or converging on a horizon or boundary can significantly accentuate depth in a photo.
Rivers, roads, bridges, and many other line elements such as elongated shadows can also be used to draw people’s focus to subjects or certain aspects of an image.
Blur Your Photos
Perspective does not only refer to images with objects that are larger in the front and smaller at the back. It also refers to the relative sharpness of these objects in different dimensions. For a DSLR camera, to blur the background, you only need to apply a larger aperture and utilize manual focus.
However, for aerial photography, since drones are usually flying a distance away from the subject, it is difficult to blur anything by adjusting aperture and focus. In these cases, resorting to nature is a safe alternative.
Fog, clouds, or even the smog from urban areas can add a sense of haze and romance to your photo. Test your creative limits by experimenting with natural resources to give your aerial shot that extra touch.
4. Color Contrast
In addition to playing with the foreground and background, a sense of depth can also be created by using color contrast.
Usually, warm colors reduce the sense of distance, while colder colors do the opposite. According to this method, using warm colors for the foreground and cold for the background can maximize the depth in your photos.
Colors also influence people’s perception of space in an image. Lighter colors make an object seem larger and closer to the audience, while darker colors make objects seem smaller and farther.
Because of this, utilizing the contrast between light and dark colors can also add a sense of depth in your photos.
For two pictures with the same view and angle, a vertical composition creates a stronger sense of depth than a horizontal composition.
This is due to how objects in vertical compositions are displayed in a different orientation with more details.
* Vertical shooting mode is only available with the Mavic Pro. For other models, users can use Pano mode to carry out a vertical shot.
Turn Reality into a World of Inception
Post-processing is another way to add depth to your photos.
In the image above, the photographer distorted a normal 3D space with post-processing, creating a mysterious feeling similar to a scene from the movie Inception. Learn how to replicate this unique Inception effect.
Inspired by movies such as “Inception” and “Dr. Strange,” Panvelvet, one of the winners of the Architecture category in the 2018 SkyPixel Aerial Photo and Video Contest, took 43 photos of Hong Kong and composed them into a magical world.
Even though post-processing can be used to accentuate depth, not much can be accomplished if the original photo does not include the above tips. Take to the skies to test these tips and create photos with depth effortlessly!