Drone and Quadcopter Photography

Quadcopter photography is used in a lot of different ways. Surveillance and firefighters employ it in situations hazardous to manned aircraft, and use is growing in the civilian commercial and private sectors. Cameras are mounted on the aircraft and quadcopters also have built-in equipment that can film in high definition.

Phantom 3

Using a quadcopter for aerial photography opens up a whole venue of new options for both commercial and personal uses. Quadcopters, a type of unmanned aerial vehicle, are maneuverable enough to allow for photos and videos that have been out of reach for the hobbiest before now.

Since quadcopters are quite versatile, and they can be used to very creative effects in many different ways. You are only limited by your financial budget and how good your piloting skills are. For cost, there are increasingly more budget-friendly quadcopters available, and as demand continues to grow, there will be even more inexpensive options available for public purchasing. Here are some reviews of the latest quadcopters on the market today. www.dronereview.followthisdrone.com

Learning how to fly the quadcopter, however, is a matter that can only be solved through practice. Buy cheaper models, which may or may not come with cameras, to practice your flying skills. The turning of the craft is perhaps the most difficult part of flying these crafts, and you will crash a few times. Always be sure to follow safety rules and common sense when flying. I used this 10-day regimen to acquire some skills before moving on to an expensive quadcopter and am glad I did

The commercial implications are very promising, as audiences are always eager for the beautiful vantage points that aerial photography can bring. The best thing about this method is it can be used directly in commercial endeavors, or it can be used to merely increase traffic to websites, blogs, or social media outlets. If you are going to use quadcopter photography for commercial purposes, however, you do need special licenses that will vary upon your location and what type of quadcopter you purchase.

Quadcopter photography can suffer from the vibrations and shakiness of flight, but as you grow more adept at piloting your craft these vibrations will decrease. There are also certain technologies, such as brushless stabilizing gimbals, that help to significantly minimize the effects of flight. Special permissions are also necessary if you plan to fly and film at night, as there are special hazards that come with night time use of an unmanned aerial vehicle.

First Person View (FPV) photography is a very useful way to do your photography. The real-time streaming from your quadcopter’s camera to a viewing device near you allows you to see exactly what it is you are taking a photo or video of. There are also some suggestions that with the FPV you no longer have to keep the quadcopter in your sight, as you can see what the aircraft itself is “seeing,” but caution should always be used.

Quadcopter photography is a exploding in many areas of use in nearly all walks of life. Whether you are looking to use private or commercial use, a quadcopter can provide stunning photography and it’s a really fun way to turn a hobby into some extra cash or even a full-time career.


Follow this Drone originally began as a website to document my journey as a new drone pilot. My learning curve, experience, and some of the video and photographing that I’ve done in the process. Initially, I got interested in drones as a way to enhance my travel articles and provide unique angles and images for publications. You can read some of my travel articles here: www.jedvaughn.com

Since then, I have ventured into various aspects of flying drones and making some extra cash. I’ve done drone mapping, roof inspections, real estate, promotional videos for resorts & golf courses, and of course documented a lot of my travel experiences.

As of yet, I haven’t really developed a blog and posted on a regular basis. That is something that I’m drawn to start doing at this time. Even though much of my journey is documented and available here on the site, I haven’t structured it in such a way as to attract an audience of interested and like-minded people. Please feel free to subscribe to opt-in for the site and you will automatically receive new posts.

In two weeks I will be on a Schooner Zodiac cruise in the San Juan Islands north of Seattle. I will be writing 3 articles on the press trip and will be utilizing the drone at every opportunity. We will be hitting 6 lighthouse stations over a period of 3 nights and 4 days. I’ll be aboard a 160 foot vessel that has been fully restored and is the oldest Tallship on the West Coast. Hoping for great sailing weather, not only for the experience, but also for the opportunities to fly the Phantom 3.
Stay tuned or opt-in to see some of my photos and hear about the experience.

If you’re new to my site, please check out some of my older posts and take a peek at where I started. Have an awesome week!

Jed Vaughn… Follow This Drone!