Drones, quads, quadcopters, Phantoms, Mavics, Karmas and on and on is definitely the buzz this year it seems. For some people, they just love to fly drones for the sake of flying. For others, they love to see what things look like from up above. For me, and I’m assuming countless other photographers, it’s about an evolution to photography – adding a whole new perspective.
Photography for many years has been on an X and Y axis. You would frame your shots by panning left and right. Zooming or walking in and out from your subject. That was all fine and dandy – we got the shot. Now the Z axis has been introduced, and adds a whole new dimension in my photography as well as new business opportunities.
When I shoot now, I almost always have my drone with me. When I frame my shots, I usually get to thinking “what would this look like from a few hundred feet up?”. I’ll fire up the drone and scout the shot. 9 times out of 10 it looks amazing. Take this shot below for example – this is a view from my backyard. It was an incredible sunset, so naturally, I pulled out my camera. When I flew the drone up, I was able to capture something magical.
I’m not going to go into anything technical yet. I’ll put together a comprehensive blog post about that at a later time as I play more with my new “Z axis”.
Here’s a few more shots from above.