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7 Tipps for taking better Landscape photos with a Drone

Your landscape photos with your drone are boring and don’t stand out? No problem, that’s the case for many drone beginners and we’ve already helped many aspiring drone photographers take their photos to the next level. I have 7 tips for you on how to take better landscape photos with a drone!

Capturing stunning landscape photos with a drone is an increasingly popular way to showcase the natural beauty of the world around us. Drones provide photographers with new levels of creativity and freedom by capturing fresh viewpoints and unexpected angles.

Making outstanding landscape photographs with a drone, on the other hand, takes some skill and a basic understanding of landscape photography concepts. We’ll go over seven ideas for creating beautiful landscape shots with a drone, including composition, lighting, perspective, and post-processing techniques, in this listicle.

These suggestions are proven to work in general landscapes and espcially mountains and can help you take your aerial photography to the next level, whether you’re a novice or an experienced photographer.

Here are seven strategies for taking outstanding drone landscape photos

Use composition classics

Wonderful Panorama Gastlosen Hiking Tour Around Striking Rocky Chain In The Freiburg Foothills Of The Alps
Classic composition rules: The rulke of thirds. An ultra-classic is to place the horizon line on the level of the top third of the image.

The rule of thirds is a basic composition technique that can assist you in creating visually appealing images. Consider dividing the image into nine equal halves and positioning the subject or horizon on one of the lines or intersections. This can result in a more balanced and appealing composition. Also think about other landscape composition classics – they also work when photographing with a drone.

Play with perspective

Play with the persective with your drone. Sometimes you don’t have to go all the way up. It may be enough to just fly 2-5 meters higher than ground level to get a great persepctive like here in the Bavarian Alps

Drones enable you to capture unexpected and distinctive angles. Experiment with shooting from various heights and angles, such as low to the ground or straight down. This can add depth and richness to your photographs.

Pro-Tip: Don‘t fly to high

When making a drone photo, most newbies do one thing: they fly high and take wide landscape shots. That is not a terrible thing in and of itself. However, it restricts your photographic output. Use the drone to approach closer, play with different levels, and carefully position your drone near to the ground. Sometimes only a few meters above eye level is enough. We at Mountain Moments utilize this a lot, especially when taking a landscape selfie in the mountains.

Scout the location beforehand

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Famous photo spot in the Dolomites. Photo from our workshop guide Sebastian Lehrke

Take some time to explore the region you wish to capture before you start flying your drone. Look for unique elements and angles that could make a good photograph. To obtain a better idea of the topography and plan your fly path, use internet maps or programs like Google Earth.

If you happen to plan a photo-trip to the European Alps, you can’t miss our Photo+Hiking Guidebooks

Lighting is key

Lighting is essential for taking amazing images. Try shooting during the golden hour, which is the hour immediately following dawn or before sunset when the light is soft and warm. Shooting in the intense midday sun might result in harsh shadows and blown-out highlights.

Shoot in RAW format

When processing your photographs, shooting in RAW format gives you more options. RAW files offer more information than JPEGs, allowing you to fine-tune exposure, white balance, and other variables in post-production.

Famous photo spot in Swiss Alps. Note how our workshop guide Sebastian Lehrke nailed it: He chose a good time just around sunrise. He also edited the panoramic picture from the RAW files to his liking. If you want to make pictures like him, you should use these strategies on your own. If you struggle learning on your own, come on one of our workshops at the best locations in the Alps.

Edit your images

Editing your photographs can help you reach the finest results possible. Adjust the exposure, contrast, and color balance in editing software, then experiment with different filters and effects. But keep in mind that less is frequently more; avoid over-editing your photographs, since this can make them appear artificial.

You can take your landscape photography to the next level by following these suggestions and creating breathtaking photographs that showcase the natural beauty of the world around us.

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