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How to take good photos and video with your rotordrone

With a ever augmenting recognition of drones and multi-rotors, aerial photography has gotten a large shot in a arm. Serious camera drones now outnumber your standard RC airplanes versed with competition cameras to get that bird’s eye view. we have been drifting several of a incomparable GPS versed quadcopters and one of a newest is a Chroma Camera Drone with a CGO3 4K Pro camera. Here are some tips and hints we have schooled along a approach to make your aerial photos and videography better.

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(Above) a shave from a new video shot with a Blade Chroma.

Learn to fly Safely

As with any RC car where it is a worker or a bound wing model, review a instructions so we know how we new camera platforms is suspect to operate. Before we can take any kind of images, we initial have to learn how to fly your quadcopter.

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(Above) Always review a instructions for your rotordrone.

And not only how to float it, we need to turn proficient with your worker so we are always in finish control. You need to be wakeful of your vicinity and keep onlookers safe. Should something variable happen, we need to be means to scrupulously conflict to minimize a risk to others around we and to property. Becoming airborne but a correct piloting skills is a large mistake.

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(Above) Reading a instructions also goes for a camera.

Start with a tiny elementary quad and work your approach up. Also there are several glorious RC moody simulators now accessible with quadcopters in their aircraft choice menus. One of a pivotal mixture indispensable to furnish peculiarity aerial photos and video is to fly smoothly, but any remarkable opinion changes or corrections.

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Never fly alone. Have a reserve watchman with we to both boost moody reserve and to share a fun. Another reserve tip here is to always fly in “Line of Sight”, so we always see your worker from a ground, even if it is versed with first-person perspective (FPV) equipment.

Always get Permission

Always get capitulation from a land owners or manager of a area we wish to fly your worker at. Don’t only uncover adult and send your worker over a heads of others enjoying a day.

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(Above) we was invited to assistance request internal construction during a town’s High School with aerial photos and video. we was given accede to fly above and around a complicated apparatus and trucks. Always get accede when drifting in open areas.


(Above) always be a good neighbor when drifting your drone.

This is also a good approach to be a good neighbor. If we wish to fly in your neighborhood, go hit on a doorway and let your neighbors know what we are doing. If we offer them a good digital print of their residence or yard, they’ll conclude a offer and many of a time will acquire a experience. And of course, if they don’t wish we to fly since they are nervous, afterwards don’t. Go somewhere else. Positive PR is a really critical thing.

Camera Mounts

Vibration is a misfortune rivalry of a aerial photographer. Simply attaching a sports camera in a box to your quadcopter but some arrange of quivering dampening will furnish bad peculiarity images. Consider a use of a gimbal to support your camera.


(Above) gimbal support and sharpened on a intent illuminated side of objects furnish glorious results. Don’t fire in a instruction of a sun.

Gimbals moderate quivering as good as stabilise a camera to furnish well-spoken and issuing video and intensely pointy and focused photos. There are several drones accessible currently that come entirely versed with a camera, gimbal camera support and with real-time camera control.

Photo Tips

When it comes to holding aerial photos, fever is your friend. A pale cloudy day creates photos dim and sometimes, really thick cloudy can meddle with GPS satellite lock. Pick a day with balmy conditions and minimal wind. Always keep your worker between a intent and a intent we are holding photos of.


(Above) On cloudy days, a colors are pale and a photos turn darker.

If we fire with a lens directed toward a sun, we will get light peep and we will be sharpened a dim shade side of a stage or object. The intent illuminated side of a intent will always furnish a best results.


(Above) GPS Lock is good for stabilizing your worker so we can combine on framing your shot.


If available, use a GPS stabilization mode while holding photos. This keeps your worker in an accurate plcae while we support adult your shots. With a Blade Chroma 4K camera drone, a ST-10+ controller/transmitter controls both a worker moody operation as good as a camera operation while display we what a camera sees on a categorical screen. Featuring a hold screen, a several functions and environment menus are easy to entrance and navigate. Once a controller and a Chroma worker are powered up, it takes a several seconds for a controller to acquire a 5.8GHz wifi vigilance from a camera. Around a shade are several genuine time telemetry squares showing, (positioned counter-clockwise from top left corner), Mode, GPS signal, Number of Satellites tracked, Position, Distance (ft.), Ground-Speed (MPH), Altitude (ft.) and Battery Voltage. Along a reduce corner of a shade are a System settings, Flight settings and Model name hold bars. Pressing these brings adult a several sub-menus that are navigated with hold and swipe. Below these are a navigation buttons to navigate a functions.

After we learn to work your worker safely, be certain to setup your camera correctly. There are several settings to name from and they are brought adult by touching a Camera Setting idol on a categorical screen. This is generally critical if we are sharpened video.


You can also use aftermarket apparatus to ascent your quadcopter. Sport cameras like a GoPro and Hitec RCD’s S60 come with protecting cases and are really good digital cameras for both still photos and video footage, they are also tractable so we can name a peculiarity of your imagery. Various multi-axis gimbals are also accessible from distributors like Hobby King and DJI. Just make certain your worker can lift and work safely with a additional weight of a camera equipment.

Aftermarket Camera tips

  • Set a shiver speed 1/250 or higher
  • Don’t use autofocus
  • Set a camera’s primer concentration from 30 feet to infinity
  • If available, use a wifi iPhone or Droid  app to control a camera and perspective a image
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