Summer Drone Photography

Remember the days when having a mirrorless camera was cutting-edge?

Those days are gone, and if you don’t have a drone to use for photography, well, you’re behind the times!

What I love about drone photography is the unique perspective you get when taking photos.

It reminds me of looking out the window of an airplane as you come in for a landing…

The trick, of course, is to figure out how to frame up shots from above that look amazing.

Our friends over at the Cooperative of Photography (COOPH) have teamed up with photographer Christoph Oberschneider to give us the summer drone photography tips we all need.

Check them out in the video above, and for a step-by-step breakdown, see the text below.

Whether it’s your weekly ultimate frisbee league or your kid’s summer soccer tournament, sporting events offer some excellent subject matter for drone photography.

Once the action starts, fly directly above for some fun aerial shots. By looking directly down at the athletes, you’ll be able to offer viewers a bit of scale as the players will be fairly small in relation to their surroundings.

If possible, shoot your aerial sports photos in the morning or evening when there’s nice sidelighting.

With the sun a little lower in the sky, your subjects will cast interesting shadows across the frame, which creates a lot of depth in the image, as seen above.

Look for patterns or textures, too. They add a bit of a dynamic feel to the shot and help break up the monotony of the background, or, in this case, the ground!