If you haven’t noticed by now, aerial drones are definitely starting to become one of the most appreciated new technologies for many people.
However, today I wanted to look at how they affect photography, and why exactly they are changing composition entirely, in photography, film making, and anything else they’re useful for!
In films in particular, sometimes it isn’t possible to get quite the shot you’re after. If you want an immense wide-shot but you don’t have the equipment available to you/the location isn’t good enough/a number of other reasons, you’re usually left wondering what to do. Most companies today turn to digital compositing and cgi to make up for what isn’t attainable by man, to create surreal landscapes we could only dream of going to ourselves.
With the production of UAVs slowly becoming more mainstream, they’re quickly being snatched up by any company who can make a use of them. Obviously, this means that companies focused on impressive scene shots are going to be on board with this.
The article above describes exactly why drones are so useful today for photographers/videographers around the world. They offer the ability to reach places that were once unreachable, they can get a view that could only be attained while flying yourself, they’re almost too good to be true.
While they aid photographers (especially those who specialise in landscape photography) to capture beautiful scenery images from unimaginable heights, they also manage to do this in a fraction of the time that it would take the photographer themselves. No longer do people have to trek to dangerous heights in precarious places to see great views, they can do it all safely on the ground without any harm to themselves whatsoever. This in itself is worth the money, in my opinion.
However, it isn’t an easy way to become an incredible photographer with an eye for great composition.
That same article states that while yes, the drones are fantastic for helping in this particular field, their true strength comes when they’re combined with ‘tried and true fundamentals’.
It’s easy to grab a drone and start snapping aerial shots all day long (If you have the money for this I’m so, so jealous), but unless you have a trained eye for composition, and great photography, you’re unlikely to be using the tech to its’ full potential.
Once you combine the two, it’s clear here that the results can be astounding.
So while it’s clear that drones will only continue to embed themselves in today’s photography/cinematography age, hopefully we remember to keep visual fundamentals in mind, in order to produce the best work possible.