Take your travel photography to new heights by exploring locations from a different POV! Checking out an exotic location on foot is just dandy, but the birds have an arguably better vantage point. Pathways become colorful patchworks from above, and a drone allows you to capture a new perspective—and elevate your memories—with ease.
Once you’ve invested in a drone, we suggest practicing in a large field or backyard, somewhere that’s relatively tree-free and without too much wind. Practice recording at home, so you get comfortable with aerial shooting by the time you’re shooting a faraway location. Here’s a handy technical guide with 17 tips for drone newbies. Once you’ve mastered a few simple controls, check out this drone photography guide for outside-the-box inspiration.
Luckily, it’s no problem to bring drones on a plane. However, we suggest carrying your drone on the plane with you just in case your luggage gets lost or has a particularly bumpy adventure. We also recommend investing in a padded, waterproof drone case so your baby arrives without a scratch.
Either while conducting vacation research or upon arrival in a new city, be sure to check local legislation on drones or “personal aircrafts.” This is a breeze with the Hover app, which provides no-fly-zone maps updated with permanent and temporary restrictions. Hover is a must-have for drone pilots, providing everything from weather forecasts to flight logs.
Learn from the best, perusing Instagram drone accounts prior to takeoff. Don’t feel intimidated by aerial photography—rather, get inspired! The technology has only existed for a short while so it would take you a few years at most to becomes an “expert” aerial photographer.
We love the accounts @droneoftheday and @fromwhereidrone—include the hashtags #drone, #droneoftheday, and #fromwhereidrone when posting any aerial Instagrams for a chance to be featured on these accounts and get more eyeballs on your work!
Airnest is essentially the Google Maps for drone pilots, directing your drone so you can keep an eye on the surrounding world—especially on trips where the terrain is unfamiliar. Without Airnest, you may not know about modern-day hidden treasures (like bubbling hot springs or a castle tucked away in the woods) that look incredible from a drone’s POV.
Expert Tip: Elevate your selfie! While drones take unparalleled scenery photographs, they can also help you take epic group photos. Use the Rova app for selfies so you can ensure you’re positioned properly within the viewfinder.
Flying drones and capturing footage is only half of the fun. Turn your drone recordings into a souvenir of your adventure, creating videos that you can easily post and share online. The Magisto app helps stories come alive through a three-part process: choose videos, select theme, and select music. Export this file to YouTube for social sharing.
The conditions are clear…are you ready for takeoff? Drones open the skies for exploration, offering new perspective and angles that no one else will have.