Introducing the Freefly ALTA 8

Seattle-based cinematography product design company Freefly has released their introduction video for their newest aerial videography/photography platform, the Freefly ALTA 8. Containing 2 more rotors than their ALTA 6, this will allow creatives to carry payloads of up to 15lbs while still maintaining unparalleled agility and speed. Check out the video for more detail, or read the full specs over at Freefly’s website

How To Take Amazing Drone Pictures

How To Take Amazing Drone Pictures

Drone photography and videography has seen an explosion in popularity in the past 2 years. Likely you or someone you know has a drone, and they are taking pictures of everything from weddings to coastlines to famous landmarks. Us here at Drone Ventures run an Instagram account where we post only the best drone pictures from around the internet, so we know what to look for when it comes to common traits that make a great drone picture. With this in mind, we would like to give you a few tips and tricks on how to take an amazing drone picture. To start out, we would like to transport you back to art school, and show you the fundamentals of what makes a picture appealing to the eye.


Symmetry

Symmetry in everyday language refers to a sense of harmonious proportion and balance. A more strict definition would define symmetry as meaning the same on one half as it is the other half. However, when taking pictures you have some flexibility in how you take a photo with symmetry. Typically, you want the subject matter with the greatest in-frame prominence to be the item with symmetry. As seen below in the photo of the couple on the boat, there are items that are not symmetrical like the coral reef, but the stark white of the boat sitting directly in the bottom middle of the picture sets the picture up for some amazing symmetrical properties.

Wedding Photo

Wedding Photo


Depth

Depth is a great tool to consider when planning a shoot. Some questions to ask yourself when you are scoping out a spot are: Will the picture you are planning have objects in the foreground and background? Are both the objects in the foreground and background of interest to the viewer? Are the foreground and background objects far enough apart to create the depth that you want out of the picture? The picture below is a great example of how to us foreground (lake) and background (mountain) objects to create beautiful depth in your pictures.

Lost Lake & Mt. Hood

Lost Lake & Mt. Hood


Contrast

Contrast is defined as “the state of being strikingly different from something else.” This can become a tool when you are out shooting if you keep an eye out for it. Look for colors or objects that stand out against eachother, and seize the moment when that presents itself. The picture below represents a great use of contrast in a photo, as the bright dock contrasts well against the dark water.

A great example of contrast

A great example of contrast


Texture

Drone’s allow the photographer to take pictures of textures not typically seen with the naked eye, which can make for a visual feast for the unassuming viewer. When you are out in the field, look for area’s that are flat and have a consistent pattern, like a large wheat or corn field, or as you can see below, the waves of an ocean make for a great use of texture in an aerial photograph.

Ocean Waves as a Texture

Ocean Waves as a Texture


Motion

Motion is a tricky element to capture, but when done right it can make your photos stand out. Most drones are equipped with a Long Exposure function that when used in conjunction with calculated movements of the craft, can yield amazing results. Aerial photographer Stephane Couture uses motion superbly in the image below where he used a short long exposure paired with his Inspire 1’s orbit setting to capture this amazing photo of a sailboat in Venice Beach, California

Sail Boat, Venice Beach

Sail Boat, Venice Beach

What we have just listed are the fundamentals of a great photograph, however, when it comes to WHERE you take your drone photographs, that is what we would like to explore next.


Landmarks

Landmarks are an easy win when it comes to drone photographs. Drones present landmarks in a view not typically seen, which makes the images all the more appealing, and when used in conjunction with any of the artistic methods used above, you can truly come out with a stunning result.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Coit Tower, San Francisco


Nature

Famous Naturalist John Muir once said “None of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.” This rings true when utilizing your drone to take portraits of it. Pay special attention to lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls, coastlines, mountains, and out of the ordinary natural landmarks as these often yield the most visual interest to the viewer.

Karagol Lake, Turkey

Karagol Lake, Turkey


Interchanges

Interchanges often provide unique and intricate patterns that drones are perfect to take photographs of.

interchange, New Mexico

interchange, New Mexico


Use Your Creativity!

If you need inspiration on what to take photographs of with your drone, please check out our Instagram feed where we post only the most intriguing drone photo’s that we run across. Also, if you have any recommendations on what other’s should take photographs of with their drones, please feel free to leave your additions in the comments section below. Until then, safe flying and thanks for reading!

Amazon Prime Air

Check out the latest video from Amazon where they show their V2 prime air plans. Not only have they revealed a new craft and a first look at their in-flight collision avoidance tech, but they have also revealed plans on how the craft will land. It looks as if the user will place a pad that the aircraft will recognize as a safe landing spot. Incredible stuff. Check out the video above.