Making Beautiful Aerial Photos


Crafting Aerial Drone Photos


Lesson Info

Making Beautiful Aerial Photos

What I'm going to show you here is a little video, which is she was a little bit of stuff that I'm doing, and this is a little more interested in just five from roof, you know, because we've got some beaches and interesting things here, so I'm just going to play this right now, and I know there's a full screen button there, I want to give full screen way people facing now remember safety first, all right? So that's a little bit with the drugs, I figure it's easier just to show you what I could do if it also makes a little bit more interesting people was like, is I think that a camera on it so anyway, so that's just a little message, a trailer for a video, we have footage of cafe, but those were essentially what I'm flying and that's, what we're going to be looking at is the images that these little phantoms so as you probably saw this, a little dj I phantom quadcopter, and they go from anywhere between five hundred dollars, for a basic one to a couple of grand when it fully loaded with...

, you know, tv and all that kind of stuff on there, so what we're really talking about today, that was not necessarily flying. But how to create great photographs with them and how tio process that so we're gonna be looking at penhall, rahm is we're going to be looking at some different stuff and effective good a few examples here of some images, obviously I just showed you the video there, we're not covering video today get in here and also got to do a shout out to cause I've got some friends online watching right now from the southern california a group are with flight club, so hey, guys, larry aldrin so they are watching right now and let me show you some images here I just get a few and just going to quickly rushed through so it's just really so what is it that got me into this is I'm just, like, really excited about the ability to take a camera anywhere and that's really what this is about, about a flying tripod, you know, as it is with regular cameras, you know, we can take photographs, but you know, that is something I want to call it terrestrial photography that's what everyone else is doing this is not extraterrestrial, but you're not stuck on the ground, so what you're able to do is move your camera in three dimensions right now, it typically is a photographer, you've got two dimensions, you get to go backwards and forwards on the z axis you get to get side to side on the xx x axis and I can use these terms because you just watched paul training talking about three d but you're very limited on the y axis maybe you get a little stepladder or something like that and you know as a photographer like you stand up on a step later or climb up on a table it's like man this is extreme we've got this extreme angle or the worm's eye view get down on the ground you're lying on the ground like oh that's extreme but certainly when you put on a quad copter now we're talking extreme because we can move our camera absolutely anywhere you know we can go up to legal height of four hundred feet honestly there's not much to see it for her feet all the good stuff happens low but what's exciting about it is not just affect I can change my angle and actually when you talk about composition is a whole new thing in composition now because you look at buildings and objects that go up and now you've got intersections with the horizon and different things like that's where you can literally compose a photograph using height and measure what you could do a silhouettes and stuff like that it's really powerful but also we can move the camera over objects that we couldn't go before and now I can go out over water and get a view that I couldn't quite get or you're on the edge of a cliff, you know, like we just did a shoot recently, and we're good god, this poor model on the edge of a four hundred foot cliff and and it's like, well, you couldn't get a shot from the other side, but with the drone, you just fly out over that cliff, and now you've got a different angle, they would just be impossible. You couldn't get up a helicopter because would be illegal to fly their helicopters so low and so close to a person, I mean, you couldn't you couldn't do that. So, you know, it's, just one thing is just freedom, we have freedom to do whatever we want with the camera, and then the other thing is exciting is now because of that freedom, we can take photographs that no one has ever seen before, you know, it's, because everything has been done except for this not yet given time, and everything will be done, but but right now you're actually able to take a photograph, probably unique view that no one has ever seen before. So you've got the wild factor in there now, you know, you can't ride the wealth factor forever that's good at first, but you also want to use good roles so when I first thought of flying you know, everything was exciting at four hundred feet and it was like, wow, I can see the ocean from here, you know, and in that good old and then I said a really hate comes back to the same things and photography good lighting, good composition, you know, getting in the right angle all these things still apply so anyway, I'm just going to show you a few pictures this one here is a hangar this one one of the things I like to do as I mentioned as I'm all about low flying objects and here I'm flying, you know, just very close to the surface of the water andi I have friends of mine freak out when I do this then I pull up pull up, you know, but I like to fly low because I'm looking for the angle I'm looking for the composition it doesn't have to be well, look at me I've got a drone I'm up in here and face some of my best germ photos don't even look like it was shot from a drone, it was just like, you know, I just didn't have to get my feet wet and also obviously, you know, we do stuff like this and when I do go up high and we'll be looking at some of these, this is at balboa peninsula and that's just a great I was actually standing on the island and flying you're doing the sunrise and we'll look at some pictures from that earlier on this is another one's balboa island this is looking back the other way and he's a panorama so this was kind of it's a little weird but I want to do this because this is the entire newport so this is the newport bilbo island and peninsula anything before around the area you know the area side to say why not do this all of this one photograph because there's no one's ever seen that before no one's seen the entire peninsula and island one photo like this I mean it looks a little log but I think it's kind of cold because it's different it's a three hundred sixty degree panorama so you know you obviously we could start to apply some make this bigger too looks better we go so you can you know also applying some adjustments of stuff and start to create art out of it so it's not just up in the air that we get it looks better I'll make this even bigger I should be doing this light show on bridge or something so I once again here's this island I love this the spot this is the same spot they say the same day the same sheet and I decided to a little bit of vintage toning to it so think about that you know, the cameras on these air not amazing cameras like you would get if you used to shoot him with a five deal something like that you get the big sensor in the big winds you don't you have a little lens you have a little sensor you know it's fourteen megapixels can shoot and roar the one I have um so you know it's decent but you got a you know, learn how to process and get the most out of the photograph that you have um you know here's another one here the c l a in the distance echo park san francisco and I shot this one a long time ago before there was a no flying in a certain area so it was quite legal when I did this and here I am I was this was recently as a body mind jeff foster who also flies um I'm actually really fortunate to be friends with a lot of these people there's a there's a group of us that kind of been doing this for a couple of years and we've learned from each other I've learned a lot from them and and we share with each other the person that got me into this in the first place was russell brown so a couple of years ago he asked me to teach a class it from the photo shop world it was a drone worship if it isn't probably the first during workshops, it will be done and any us meet a teacher with them and I knew nothing about drones at that time and so that kind of made me go out and get one and start learning and then I just fell in love with that I'm out there almost every day flying now because you know, as a kid I also you know, if I had one superpower, you know it wasn't invisibility it wasn't super speed the one see the power I was wanted was flight and some now aiken vicariously live through my drug so you know it's pretty cool because I got that you know, the vision plus the phantom vision plus I can look at on my phone here and you know, I've got control of that I did that you saw in the video but on here I can see what it's seeing so I get in if peavy first person for you I also have another one. I have six of them right now and I have another one which is but to go pro on it and then I have a there's a black pearl monitor of a couple of antennas on it's, a bigger monitor and I can also see what's happening on there through my drugs so that's the thing is if peavy first person view you can literally look through and see what the cameras seeing, which is great, but if you want to take photographs and you wantto get composition, you need to see through, you can't just, you know, spray, you know what? It's spring parade and hope that you get a good photo, you know? So anyway, so this is a hercules, this is another shot here where I could have just walked down there and stood on this shore there and taking a picture with my camera, but that would have, you know, meant walking, so, you know, so I flew down there and I did this. I'm kind of joking because what I was able to do is I'm slightly over the water, I would have needed a step ladder to get that height, and I was able to move back with some forward because I saw the bird there, so the post and also I wanted to compose it because at eye level c, that bird there on that post, let me put my thing there and I level that was breaking into the horizon, simmons getting lost, so I was able to change height and actually composing high that part of the photograph exactly where I wanted it and that's, just something you couldn't do before this is a hot air balloon. From above you can tell because of the shadow there taken tells a balloon and all it's kind of funny bone jokes about this because they think I did you go transparent prick pixels like here it's not transparency that's actually on the concrete use photos up so much of the time you see a checkerboard you think it's transparent I'm so moving along griffith observatory this was crazy I put this thing online on google plus ahead like almost no engagement on google plus and I put this on I get a million views of a night I could you not a million views on this and then within three days two million views so people are interested in this stuff very interested in this's a shot still frame from video using the gopro this is hunting compere l a and you know look at this one is one of our examples so you know, this is kind of a fun example when that kind of stuff to talk about this I just love this because you see the freeway here and you've got all these on ramps just creating this great really interesting but what's the word I'm looking for um way not away but just anyway the's this interesting kind of concoction of all these on ramps and it's been interesting but if you look at the shot here I'm not shooting a ground level and I'm not shooting from the air above the buildings I'm actually in the middle, so I mean let's get a viewpoint that you couldn't really get. I mean, maybe if there was a big skyscraper on the other side that was hanging out that building, I might be able to get that shot, but in this case, there aren't any high buildings on that side at that height, so to be able to just do this with the with the drone and that panorama. So I shot, I think four, five images, so literally what I do is I'll put it up in the air, I'll take a photograph and then I'll rotate, take another photograph, rotate, take another photograph and then tell you about the pen roma and we're gonna look at that on. We're also going to look at creating a panorama from video I'm going to show you how to do that, to which is this one here, this one he is balboa island on a different day and did this from video, so is able to stitch it to give them to penetrate, and these things print out big so one of my baby, but he's eddie murphy of absent percy's out for me, it shows so if you guys are w p p I next week, you'll probably see them there they have somebody. He prints them out for me and someone. I do my presentations, I hold them on some of these and from here to that wall, so they put them on the canvas rolls on the r two thousand and now the p six hundred. And they just looked gorgeous when you just got these big, massive panoramas. There's, just so much detail on there and it's, surprising the amount of detail can get out of these tiny little cameras and is one thing to look at it here. But when you see it printed out, biggest it's, very breathtaking. Here's, another shot that I didn't want to make it look like a drone. This is that we get a beach sunrise. There is evidence that I got up early one morning, and once again, I changed the altitude here for this reflection in the water. I wanted to catch that reflection from the light in a certain way. So I was able to change the attitude and get that reflect because, you know, like, the angle of incidence, you know, when something bounce of forty five degrees, just like when you play pool, like, doing photography and lighting is exactly the same was playing pool, and so you just got to get the right angle to get that reflection, so you know, I was able to do that where is the five is walking around? I'd have to go backwards and forwards to get that and maybe I have to go back so far that my composition in the foreground would be messed up it'll be too far away because that's the only way you could do it otherwise right if you go up and down you've got just a whole different degree of composition and the exciting thing about that is you know, we're all learning it's so new you know, this is only you know, they had like the big ones or stuff like that, but as far as accessible to everybody it's only being just under a couple of years now that we've been able to do that so the rules are still being made as faras photography ways was still experimenting it's frontier it's a wild west and never said exciting because you know, you can't get a look what ansel adams did, but for drone you know or, you know, go back to some great photographer because you know what? We are the ends items of today that are making those rules this is exciting, you know? So we can do that is a little tiny planet I'm going to show you how to do a tiny planet today as well, and last weekend, my friend jeff foster his daughter got married, and he asked me to come and do a little shot there at the wedding. So this is what we're able to get after the waiting to standing in a park. And it's kind of fun with the shadows of the shadow. Play there. And also, you know, hey, this address from an angle that you probably don't usually see at a wedding.

Class Description

UAVs, drones, multi-rotors, and quadcopters are flying tripods capable of framing photos in three true dimensions. Learn how to work with the images they capture in Crafting Aerial Drone Photos with Colin Smith.

In this class, you will learn how to set up the perfect shot, and how to turn the images from a drone-mounted camera into a full-sized work of art. You’ll learn what it takes to bring an image from a small camera to life, and how to make aerial panoramas from multiple photographs and video.