Investing in a drone is easy. Mastering the art of using it creatively takes both practise and a sharp artistic vision. Four established drone photographers offer their advice
“You wouldn’t buy a brand new camera that you’ve never used before and shoot Tom Cruise for The New York Times,” says Graeme Robertson, a licensed drone pilot and staff photographer at The Guardian. “You need pilot skills so that you can be creative.”
But how to become successful drone photographer?
Practising is key to becoming a successful drone photographer. The more you practise, the more confident you become. Drone manufacturer DJI, however, makes operating a drone easy. Its Phantom 4 Pro drone is flown using a simple controller that features a small screen (either an app-linked smartphone or a specialist monitor), which allows its user to live-stream footage as it is captured. A forward-facing camera offers the pilot an in-flight view, and integrated GPS technology ensures an accurate and precise flight, even for relative newcomers.
“In my experience, once you have got to grips with certain things,” says Robertson, “the DJI is a easy machine to use.” While beginner drone photographers often worry about crashing, DJI drones come with automated obstacle avoidance making such occurrences a rarity. Using integrated cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and advanced computer vision algorithms, the Phantom 4 Pro scans the nearby environment and detects obstacles in real time, automatically flying to avoid them.
Mastering the art of using a drone creatively, however, takes both practise and a sharp artistic eye.