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5 Mistakes of Drone Photography

Updated: Jan 4

(Excerpt from The Droning Company Newsletter.)

By Donald Laird, Santa Rosa Junior College Drone Studies Program. And Owner, Sky Perspective Photos

In my experiences as both an educator and professional drone pilot, I've come across some recurring "errors" that drone photographers tend to make when composing, shooting, and/or processing images. You can enhance your reputation and book more jobs by producing visuals that speak with impact, dimension, clarity, and uniqueness. Here are five missteps to dodge that should help you impress potential clients.

[1] Focusing too much on the "dronie-ness" of the shot, and not paying enough attention to the details of the image, such as composition, lighting, etc.

[2] Shooting the same shots repetitively. Straight-down shots from high up are nice enough, but there needs to be a lot more variety of angles.

[3] Not knowing your target audience’s needs well enough. You need to provide the images your clients want and need—not just what you want to shoot.

[4] Doing too much work in post-processing. It’s way too common to overprocess images—usually over sharpening or increasing saturation beyond reasonability.

[5] Not valuing your work enough. There’s often a race to the bottom when pricing services, which don’t include consideration for time or risks taken.

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A note from The Music Soup Editor...

Although drones are not directly related to music or music photography, more and more festivals are employing drone photography to get the "crowd shots" of the festival.

The writer of the above article happens to be my Photoshop Instructor at the local college, and he also teaches a drone photography course.

The founding Editor in Chief of The Droning Company is a friend that I know through the music business, Michael Molenda. For those who do not know Mike, he was the Editor in Chief of Guitar Player magazine for eons and is also a talented versatile musician in bands including Surf Monster, and The Trouble with Monkeys. He is also founder of Guardians of Guitar NFTs and COO of Neural Tunes AI. If you are interested in reaching The Droning Company, you can contact Mike Molenda at:

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