If you’re considering buying a quadcopter or drone, you probably know the most popular use for a quadcopter now is for photography. You’re probably also looking for quadcopter photography ideas to help you get the most out of your quadcopter, so we decided to make this guide to help you get started.
Most people call quadcopter video and photography aerial photography. Traditionally, this meant photo and video taken from airplane or helicopters and as such was extremely expensive. However, thanks to innovations in technology and engineering now just about anyone can enjoy aerial photography.
One of the main reasons for this is because of the rapid advancement in camera technology. This means you can shoot extremely high quality HD video with a quadcopter for not much of an investment. Even better, you don’t need to be a professional to do it, all you need to do is get your quadcopter in the air and start shooting.
Getting Started with Quadcopter Photography
One of the first things you should do is read our page on the best quadcopters. We’ve got a lot of information there the help you understand the different models on the market. This can help you make the right choice based on your budget and how you want to use your quadcopter.
This new technology has really leveled the playing field for creative and high quality aerial photography and video.
FPV vs Traditional Aerial Photography
Before we go any further, it’s important that we define a key term – FPV. When we use the term FPV regarding quadcopter cameras what we really mean is the type of engaging and immersive video that is becoming so popular with personal drones. This is different from traditional aerial photography for one significant reason – altitude.
Normally, aerial photography is taken at very high altitudes from aircraft such as military jets or commercial blimps. Aerial photography is often commissioned to survey a piece of land, or study an area that is dangerous for humans to enter, such as a volcano.
But again, we can see that quadcopters have leveled the playing field, to a certain extent. You can easily use a quadcopter to survey a piece of land, and theoretically you could even fly over a volcano with a quadcopter. In fact, that’s exactly what these people did:
This gives you an idea of how disruptive and innovation quadcopter technology really is.
In order to really get the best photo and video from your quadcopter it can be helpful to take a look at how others are using theirs.
If you’re looking for inspiration take a look at the some ideas and video clips we’ve listed below. You may also want to check out some of the following websites:
• National Geographic has a nice series on quadcopter photography here. This focuses mainly on using the DJI Phantom for outdoor aerial photography.
• Dronestagram is a French run website with some really stunning examples of photo and video taken around the world with quadcopters.
• Twisted Sifter has an incredible list of the 25 best aerial photographs here. I’m sure you can find some inspiration with that.
Suggestions from around the Web
Sell Real Estate
Are you trying to sell your house or a property? Looking for a way to stand out from the crowded market and showcase your propertry? Making a video with a quadcopter allows potential buyers get a different perspective. This is slowly gaining popularity with real estate agents as well as independent sellers.
Sports Event Photography
Quadcopters are excellent for filming and photographing sporting events and activities. These videos give a unique perspective from above and make the events even more thrilling. Another cool application here is for coaches and athletes who wish to analyze a performance that is normally difficult to break down.
This one goes without saying – no more boring slide shows of the grand canyon. For less than a DSLR you can capture some absolutely stunning photos and videos of your vacations. You can even unleash your creativity like these people did.
Summer is festival season, and some festivals just can’t be described in words. So why not use a quadcopter to capture the moments? Imagine if we could have filmed Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock or Jim Morrison’s final performance with a drone? The people at Burning Man have already thought of this.
Sunrise & Sunset
What can be more amazing than a photograph of a sunrise or sunset? A video from a quadcopter of course! While most people think of using the typical bird’s eye view camera for quadcopter video, this is one area where a First Person Video (FPV), like that on a DJI Phantom or the Parrot can be really unique.
Sunrise & Sunset at a Monument
Top that sunrise and sunset video at the lake or in a field by doing it at a monument like these people did.
By now there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen this video. If not, here’s the story. Videographer Jos Stiglinh flew a DJI Phantom through a 4th of July fireworks display in West Palm Beach, Florida. The resulting video is amazing and has gone viral around the web. Enjoy!
Make a Music Video
French alternative rock band Pheonix have made probably one of the coolest music videos by using a drone. Produced by La Blogotheque, the band is followed through the streets of Versaille performing their song “Entertainment” while also showcasing the sights of one of France’s most beautiful cities. Check it out.
Taking the Next Step
We hope that you’ve found some inspiration and quadcopter photography ideas from the websites and videos above.
As you can see, the sky is the limit for using a quadcopter to make amazing videos. You can do anything from filming events to going so far as to make a short film or music video. It’s really up to you, and that’s what makes quadcopter video so cool.