Are you a photographer? Do you like to travel and take photos of the places you visit? Have you considered specializing in drone travel photography? It will certainly open new horizons in your profession.
Photography itself is a wonderful art, hobby, and profession if you do it for a living. But, when you are shooting from the ground, you are limited as you can’t reach all the possible angles. On the other hand, if you use a drone with a camera, all of a sudden, there are no more limits as you can line up the drone for that perfect shot, from literally any angle you think of.
In this article, I will name a few examples why you should think about drone traveling photography, and by the end of this read, you will definitely make the first steps towards your new career or a hobby.
It is Unbelievably Fun!
Traveling itself is fun, you get to meet new people, see new places, and build up memories that will last you a lifetime. If you add a camera to that equation, and the fun factor rises as you will have photo and video memories, which will warm your heart for years to come, and which you can also use to set up a travel blog and maybe earn some additional money.
But, if you manage to find the best drone with HD camera, and start carrying it with you on your trips, not only that your video/photo blog will climb a bunch of steps on the content quality ladder, but your trips will also become way more interesting. I mean, C’mon, how can flying and shooting videos and photos with a drone be boring?! Right?
Also, drones are relatively a new technology (commercial drones at least) and not everyone has one. Therefore, they are extremely interesting to people and they will want to talk you about it and ask you questions. Making tons of cool new friends on my trips? Check!
It Opens Up New Business Possibilities
As I mentioned above, using a drone for photography and videography, gives you an advantage over Blogs and Vlogs that still use just the traditional (from the ground) photos and footage. You can start your own travel blog and present cool aerial photos of some landmarks or scenery from the already seen places, but from a new perspective.
If you become good at it, you can even earn money. For example, drones photos sell really well on the sites where people need photos for their sites. I mean, a photo of, for example a city, looks much more interesting from a bird’s eye view than one taken from the ground. It will sell easier and faster.
Another great example, are tourist agencies. They will be much more interested in working with a drone travel photographer than with a regular “land” photographer. Aerial footage and photos of the exotic destinations they offer will attract more clients, simple as that.
You Can Earn Money On the Go
Do I need to emphasize more how useful having a drone on your trips is? Not only that you will get breathtaking shots and footage, but you will always have a chance to earn some money on the side. For example, local tourist agencies.
Why should you pay for an awesome island hopping tour and cripple your planned budget when you can get it for free? You can offer giving them mesmerizing aerial footage and images of the tour, the beaches and islands included in the tour, the happy, waving tourists on their company’s boat in the middle of the sea, in exchange for a free tour.
Hotels, hostels, city tours, are all possibilities for you to save on your budget, have fun while doing a job that will last an hour or less, and build up your professional portfolio as well. Do you need more reasons? Yes? Okay, here’s another one.
You can go to Places You Already Visited but See Them With New Eyes
If you have new places to discover and take photos of, and I am sure you have, then great. With a DSLR camera around your neck, and a drone in your backpack, you will surely make great images and footage of new exotic destinations.
However, have you considered going back to places you already visited? If you are thinking “Okay, I might still have a few new landmarks to discover and new photos to make, but in the places I have already been, I pretty much documented everything so why should I go back there again?”
Well, it’s true that you shot almost everything there is to shoot, but you did it from the ground, remember? Imagine taking aerial photos of the Great Pyramids in Egypt, or city landscape of Paris from some 100 meters up in the air. Now tell me again that with a drone on you, you still don’t have a reason to revisit some destinations…
Drone Photography Competitions
No, I didn’t make this up, Drone Photography Competitions exist and are becoming more and more popular. Photography experts have realized that drone photography is becoming an art of its own and is more and more praised in the photography communities.
So, if you want to turn your name into a brand that is well recognized in the photography world, you can start entering such competitions. If you are already a photographer, then you already possess the knowledge to frame the image perfectly, to find the best angle, and to later use editing tools to make the photo breathtaking. This means that you have a head start over “Drone photographers” who received an expensive drone for their birthday, became “Pros” over night, and enter every possible competition just to get their name exposed and try to win an award.
A Few Advices Before You Go
Flying drones is fun, and if you have a small, toy-grade model that weighs under 500 grams and doesn’t have a camera, you are pretty much free to fly it anywhere as long as you don’t endanger anyone around you.
However, in your case, for photography purposes, you will definitely have a camera and it will definitely be heavier than 500 grams. So, this means that if needs to be registered, and you also have to have a license that shows you are trained to operate the drone.Also, with such a model, you can’t just take it up in the air and shoot whatever you want. Most countries have specific rules that define how high and far you can go with your drone, what locations are allowed to be photographed with drones, and for which you need special permits, and there are also places that are completely banned for drones and drone photography.
So, before you decide to go to a certain country or a destination, make sure you check all the rules and apply for all the needed permits before getting there. It will take you just a few minutes of research on the internet and a few sent mails, but you will avoid the risk of your drone being taken away and paying a fine. With that in mind, travel, take photos, fly safe, and have fun!
Rebecca lives in USA, but loves hiking all over the world. Her favorite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passion is the ocean, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for HikingMastery.com