Drone Photography: My 5 Top Tips…

Drone Photography: My 5 Top Tips…

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I’ve been playing around with drone photography for a couple of years now, and have picked up lots of tips for better photos along the way. Today I thought I’d share a few of them. Drone photography is an entirely different discipline to taking photos with a normal camera, so this video is about bridging the differences.

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  1. Lionheart GG on September 20, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    it seems like you are say important stuff but i keep losing focus laughing at your jokes. I think i might watch more of your videos so i get acquainted. I don’t have much time tho, i have a drone photography job tmrw so let’s get on with it.

  2. Paul Appleby on September 20, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    FYI, it’s not illegal to fly at night as a hobbyist.

  3. alwaysyouramanda on September 20, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Well, I’ve learned something very useful! Thankyou!

  4. Mr potato head Gaming on September 20, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    heated seats are nice really nice

  5. bogrunberger on September 20, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Hi James. I know this is quite a bit from what you usually make videos of, but your videos have given me a desire to get to the UK to take some photographs of that beautiful landscape. I have a feeling that I’m not the only one!

    So how about making a video or maybe a series of videos about shooting in the UK? Maybe some good locations but also other tips for non-UK residents who want to discover the UK with a camera?

  6. Grant Hoyt on September 20, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Just got the last copy of your 2018 book in the mail! Totally made my day! Thanks so luch for signing it and the little note on the invoice! Such a cool personal touch! The commentary was just as wonderful as the shots themselves, keep up the amazing work and thanks for serving as an awesome inspiration!

  7. Kevka Bluebird on September 20, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    …and last tip: do the legal stuff only.

  8. Dickus Maxximun on September 20, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Dude, you really milked that video, by 1/4 of the video you were still fluffing, thus click away.

  9. Barrie Anthony on September 20, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    "I love to be recognised, particularly when I’m with my family" nearly fell off my chair laughing at that. I would be exactly the same.

  10. YoSpiff on September 20, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Useful opinion as always. I bought a Mavic Mini last year as my learning experience and then added an Autel Evo to my fleet this year. After 2 weeks had another learning experience. I almost lost it over downtown, but I dropped altitude and turned crosswind to get it back. Then when landing, It got caught in an updraft and crashed upwards into the bridge I was under. *sigh*. Brings up another question, how are you toting the drone on the bicycle? I have a Lowepro Droneguard CS150 that will fit into a pannier, though it doesn’t hold everything the Evo needs. The Evo stands a little taller than your Mavic II and the sticks don’t remove from the controller.

  11. Wild Bill on September 20, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    I always wondered if you’d transfer well to the “big screen”, then I realised I had YouTube on my telly.

  12. Geeky Pink on September 20, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    You can say that you hate me personally and I still would be a fan of your work. Your videos are such amazing quality.

  13. L. Will on September 20, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    What flies behind you at 2:04 thru 2:08? I thought it was a drone or maybe a bird. Watch what happens. Did you edit it out?

  14. Adibrex on September 20, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    That would be a great spot for a timelapse

  15. Cezary Morga on September 20, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    James, I’m not sure if anyone had pointed it out.already, but K2 is in Karakoram, not in Himalayas 🙂

  16. Virginia Frank on September 20, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    You live in a very beautiful place!

  17. jeff sturgess on September 20, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Bit of a random question when changing lenses have you any tips for stopping dust getting on the sensor and how to clean the sensor? Always nervous about changing lenses outside.

  18. Flying Army Aerial on September 20, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    You are hilarious…..well done chap!

  19. J C on September 20, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Most of my drone shots are based what I see behind my Fuji XT3 landscape photography. Works all the time 😊

  20. Lise on September 20, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    OR – don’t install the battery in the drone until you need it. Charge it up, put it in a bag that is attached/strapped to your mode of transportation (bike, or a pack that is strapped to you) separately so the weight is not pulling you down in a back pack. Pull the battery out of the drone when you are not using it, you may find it lasts longer.

  21. Stephen Bell on September 20, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    From beginning to end- the MOST ENJOYABLE tutorial I have seen in the longest time. From your new friends across the pond in Canada- Bravo good sir!

  22. Beautiful People on September 20, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    The winners of the 2020 Drone Photo Awards have been announced as part of the Siena Awards Festival, offering a stunning showcase of.. https://youtu.be/zkosdnEDaaM

  23. Vandroiz Channel on September 20, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    wow amazing view buddy👍👍👍 i like it bro

  24. Callum on September 20, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    @JamesPopsys, watching a few of your old video in Scotland and you keep talking about missing the fighter jets. You know you can get a flight tracker app/map (eg: planeflighttracker.com) and track aircraft my their name. This would let you know when they are coming, and how close. You’d still have to spot them by eye +/- 15 minute. All aircraft have a unique, and the fighter jets would all be similar (see http://www.planeflighttracker.com/2014/03/military-aircraft-tracker.html or http://www.egxwinfogroup.co.uk/?page_id=115)

  25. Dariusz Tech on September 20, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Great tips James. Fantastic channel. Can’t wait to check your other videos. I love Peak District but at the moment I’m exploring my local Cannock Chase with my mini 2 which is also amazing. Greetings from Stafford

  26. ernestine morley on September 20, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Can you share more about UAVs? Me and my friends love it. We always buy @ELECUAV.COM

  27. The Wolstenbeast on September 20, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    What a beautiful place where you live

  28. Paul Compton PDphotography on September 20, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Great tips and advice I had my drone out this weekend but did some b roll totally forgot to take the photos. Gutted. I love people coming to say hello as well makes you feel a bit special. Hope to meet up some day i was in the peaks all weekend.

  29. Andrew Ditton on September 20, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    The music, oh the music! I thought I was doing well this week with a foofy French number but you had to go one better didn’t you…? 🤣🤣🤣

  30. Alan Goulden on September 20, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Brilliant video. Full of useful info – but also some wonderful dry humour. I’ll ensure I’m suitably ‘gushing’ and ‘lovie’ if I ever meet you. Oh, and btw (rather randomly) – what are those trousers?

  31. Adam Downey on September 20, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Not often I have a chuckle at these type of YouTube videos, cracking work! Subscribed 👍

  32. Matty W on September 20, 2022 at 9:26 pm
  33. Sam Pinto on September 20, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Doing a sale soon on prints? Guess I know where some of this weeks paycheck is going! That and more Portra #ripwallet

  34. Tye Johnson on September 20, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Making life analogous to football, and you get an instant sub from me.

  35. ECP Fishing and Filming on September 20, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Amazing that drone camera MPs have more than doubled since this vid! Cropability galore. Loved the vid tho and love your humor, cheers

  36. defonotme on September 20, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Only a few minutes into the first video I’ve ever watched on your channel and you allready made me smile 😄 love your personality!

  37. James cosgrove on September 20, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I really enjoyed that little video, thanks for sharing. Subscribing right now and looking forward to seeing more of your content👏👏👍

  38. Aaron Oates on September 20, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Where is he?

  39. Warren Swales on September 20, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Thought Peak District National Park bans drone use from March to August?

  40. Михаил Дудин on September 20, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    The last tip is most useful and eyeopening for some newcomers to drone photography. It’s very hard to stop making more and more shots from different angles ones your drone is up in the air. However, you might be losing precious battery power for the probably much better shot little bit later. Had that quite few times, actually 🙂

  41. Brianna Matthews on September 20, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Came for the tips, stayed for the commentary on 6-year-olds playing football.

  42. Walk aholic on September 20, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Matt screen covers for your phone work wonders with the drone.

  43. Ibraheem Toure on September 20, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    You really are the best. Theres nothing more to say.

  44. Zmanro on September 20, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    I can fully see this dude having his own tv segment for photography, and he would be the best at it imo. 🙌

  45. BABAT CHANNEL on September 20, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Beautiful footage👍🏻😍😁

  46. ValdiTravel ValdiTour on September 20, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Nice footage! Check this footage from the longest wooden pier in Sopot https://youtu.be/nRBOwtROgJQ

  47. MaritimeMogul on September 20, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Your sense of humour kept me captivated. Liked and subscribed, and look forward to future content!

  48. Kyle Flyer on September 20, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    These are an amazing set of tips from a wonderful person. I always believe in checking the flying conditions on apps like UAV forecast or Weather by Tomorrow before flying.

  49. Drones and Fpv. on September 20, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    It’s not illegal at night where you getting your info

  50. Paul Taylor Photography on September 20, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Great vid mate love your delivery agreed re the drone pix I bought the wee spark with the sole intension of using it for b roll footage for the channel I considered drone photos to be cheating since then of course I’ve realised what an incredible variety of photos I can take with it. Hate the sparks battery life actually lack thereof I have three and chew through them fast. Love the tip on bracketing shots I will try that cheers. 📷

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