It’s no secret that drone photography is taking off, but shooting by remote control can be disorienting, and it’s not all going smoothly. From crash landings to botched shots, the skies are treacherous to new ­comers, so we thought we’d give you some pointers on how to get the best out of every flight.

Our go to photo editor for post flight adjustments is PicsArt, because it’s a free and intuitive app that gives you loads of control for corrections after the flight; but it takes some doing before you can even get to that point.

Here are 6 basic tips on how to get your drone photography off the ground.

Bracketing to the Rescue


By @mikepuck

Adjusting your camera settings can be a real chore mid­flight, and it’s just one of those things you don’t want to worry about when you’re piloting. The best way around that problem is bracketing. Bracketing means setting your camera to capture a series of shots at different exposures. This way, every time that you pull the trigger, you get several lighting options from which you can choose the very best.

ISO and Shutter Speed


By @jacklapke

Low light situations have different challenges when you’re high flying. ISO is your camera’s light sensitivity, but you don’t want to depend on this because it makes your shots grainy. Believe it or not, you can pull off shutter speeds as long as three seconds, if you stop and hover with a steady drone. Anything above 3 seconds may get distorted by drone shake. Even on a calm day, it’s always windier above our heads.

Use PicsArt in Post


By @jacklapke

No matter what you do, because there are so many variables in Drone Photography, you’ll need to do some editing in post. A free mobile app like PicsArt can do wonders for correcting your exposure and straightening your shots. In addition to enhancement sliders and amazing effects, PicsArt’s Curves Tool gives you full control over the lighting and shadows in your photos.

Higher Isn’t Always Better


By @safi_af

When you get your hands on a drone, you want to see how high that bad boy can go. We understand; there is no getting around how cool drones are, but higher isn’t always better. As far as your photography is concerned, shots often look much better at mid range. Things like buildings, for example, feel much bigger when shot just overhead, creating far more striking shots.

Don’t Fly Into the Sun


By @safi_af

It’s the kind of thing that we often don’t consider when we’re swooping over the terrain, but if you’re headed into the sun, you stand a pretty good chance of washing out your shots in blinding light. We’re talking harsh silhouettes, obnoxious flares, and even the occasional propeller shadow. Keep the sun above, at the sides, or behind your drone.

Bring a Lookout


By @ikhsan85

Drone shooting is so much better with a copilot. First of all, it frees you up to just focus on your drone, while your friend can keep an eye on any obstacles that you might crash into. Also, it’s just way more fun to share your shoot with a friend, and when you’re done, you’ll both feel a proud sense of joy and ownership over the shots you captured together.

Don’t leave your drone photography up to the weather, use PicsArt to correct, enhance, and share your soaring drone shots! Download the PicsArt app for free on Android, iOS or Windows Phone.

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