Getting the perfect aerial photography with a drone used to be exclusive to actual professional photographers and movie videographers, but no more! With the recent advancements from the like of DJI, a semi-professional or even an enthusiast can afford to get a Mavic Pro or a Phantom 4 at a very reasonable price. Even the cheap refurbished DJI Phantom 3 can produce great looking images and videos; the secret then lies with the operator of the drone. That is YOU! But do not worry, there is an easy solution for that.


Having the latest and greatest equipment is not enough, you need to have a pretty good idea of what to do with it to get that perfect aerial photography.

First, you will need to learn the basics of controlling the drone, hovering, using the GPS, etc…then comes the fun part which is shooting photos…There are 9 easy to follow tips for the perfect aerial shot,

Shoot in RAW

Every professional photographer doing any kind of photography using any type of camera be it DSLR or an action camera or even a built it drone camera will tell you to always shoot in RAW format. This gives you the ability to use your computer later on to do all the editing you need in terms of correcting the exposure or adjusting the colors.

Use Bracketing
Not all cameras support this option but if your does then you need to use it. What bracketing does is it makes the camera record more than one instance of the same photo using different exposure settings.

Shoot in Manual

If you are not really accustomed to the settings of the camera and what you need to use, then you should stick with the auto mode until you really figure things out, otherwise, you REALLY should use the manual mode. To help you get the proper settings to start off with the automatic mode and see what the camera thinks is best for your current scene and go off from there to get the perfect style you want.

Pick the proper ISO setting

ISO will reflect how sensitive the sensor is to light. Using high ISO values will increase the sensitivity meaning you can use faster shutter speeds while still getting bright enough photos. This, however, is not all perfect, higher ISO settings mean that the photos will noise and grain.
During the day when the sun is nice and bright pick the lowest ISO setting (which is usually 100) to get the best possible images, but when shooting in the dark you will have to experiment with the ISO setting and the shutter speed to get the best compromise between the two to achieve the best photo quality.