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6 Reasons Photographers Should Use Drones

Written by Liz Pekler

Drones have propelled the art of photography and videography to fantastic new heights and the possibilities for photographers, videographers and casual hobbyists are endless.

There used to be a time when a camera and a roll of film were all you needed to create beautiful photos. It was a much simpler time. These days, photographers have a wider variety of instruments to choose from. There are DSLR cameras, mirrorless cameras, smartphones, and even the latest addition to the lineup: the camera drone.

Drones have taken the world by storm. At one time drones were a cool hobby for people with lots of money to spare. But theses amazing flying contraptions have propelled the art of photography and videography to fantastic new heights (pun intended). They have opened up a myriad of possibilities for photographers, videographers, and casual hobbyists alike.

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Compelling Reasons to use Drones for Photography

Haven’t tried drone photography yet? Here are a few compelling reasons why you should:

1. Drones give your photos a unique and interesting perspective

The most attractive draw of using a drone for photography is that it allows you to shoot from a higher perspective. This can instantly transform plain old photos into something truly spectacular.

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Most drones, particularly the ones made for more advanced users, have built-in cameras that can rotate and swivel to allow the operator to shoot photos and videos from all sorts of angles. This is especially useful for photographers, as it can provide them with more freedom in creating the perfect photo.

Imagine having the ability to take photos of your subjects from all positions and angles without ever having to move an inch from where you stand! Doesn’t that sound appealing?!

2. Drones can help you access hard-to-reach areas

Drones have been touted as one of the most promising solutions for humanitarian disaster relief operations because they can easily gain access to hard-to-reach areas.

Clearly, this is yet another aspect to drones that can be very useful to a photographer. Nature and wildlife photographers no longer need to go on perilous treks through jungles and rainforests or hike up steep mountains to take photos. Photojournalists no longer need to place themselves in the middle of disaster areas and warzones.

With the help of drones, photographers have the option of documenting subjects and events in inaccessible locations.

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3. Drones are great for business

Do you own a photography business? Drones are all the rage in the wedding industry right now. People are willing to pay good money to have drone coverage at their weddings, as well as other important events.

Adding drone photography and videography to your services may help boost your business by attracting more clients and, in turn, increasing your cash flow.

Keep in mind, however, that commercial users who intend to use their drones for their business are required to register their drone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). They also need to obtain a Section 333 grant of exemption, a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), and a pilot certificate issued by the FAA.

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4. Drones take amazing action shots

Before drones came along and made aerial photography and videography more accessible, sports coverage involved large, cable-suspended camera systems or camera crews in helicopters hovering over the football stadium, NASCAR racetrack, or any other sports venue.

These days, we can accomplish all that with just one drone, which is clearly the more convenient and cost-effective alternative. The use of drones in sports coverage is currently gaining momentum, especially after making an appearance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Drones have enormous potential when it comes to sports and adventure photography, although it may take a long time before they find their way into the mainstream of official sports coverage due to stringent FAA regulations and restrictions. Nonetheless, the drone’s unique functionality makes it perfect for all kinds of fast-paced action coverage.

For sports and adventure photographers who are looking to get into drone photography, the newest professional consumer drone by DJI, the Phantom 4—dubbed the smartest drone on the market—presents a promising candidate. As of this writing, it is currently the only drone with such innovative features as the Obstacle Sensing System (it can independently avoid obstacles), ActiveTrack (it can track moving subjects), and the new Sport Mode, which allows the drone to fly at unparalleled speed.

5. Drones inspire creativity and innovation

There are days when you just get tired of taking photos with your DSLR camera. There are also days when it feels like every photo you take looks completely dull and unimaginative. Drones offer endless possibilities when it comes to composing and creating a photo or video, and such freedom can help stimulate your creativity and innovation.

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For those days when you’re feeling hopelessly uninspired, having a drone to play around with may help get those creative juices flowing again.

6. Drones can be a fun and relaxing hobby

At the end of the day, one simple reason why photographers should consider getting into drone photography is that it is a genuinely fun and exciting hobby that you can enjoy in your spare time. Provided that you can find a spot where you can legally fly your drone, it is an interesting hobby that provides a relaxing and rewarding way to pass the time.

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About the Author – Liz Pekler is a travel photographer with almost 10 years of experience in the field. When she is not out exploring the world, she likes to share her knowledge about photography and travel through writing for blogs.

About the author

Liz Pekler

Liz Pekler is a travel photographer with almost 10 years of experience in the field. When she is not out exploring the world, she likes to share her knowledge about photography and travel through writing for blogs.