How to take better photographs with your drone

DJI Spark and Mavic Air

DJI Spark and Mavic Air

With more and more people flying drones and posting top-down shots of a waves breaking in the ocean, the novelty of a drone photograph has worn off. Why? Becuase people forgot that photography rules still apply to drones.  

Drone cameras are improving hugely, with drones like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro coming with a 1” sensor and 20 megapixel camera, the image quality you will get is getting closer and closer to what your mirrorless/dslr can shoot.  But as good as cameras get, you still need to learn some photography techniques to take better images.

Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang, Vietnam

Here are 4 tips to start taking better photographs with your drone with example shots taken with my DJI Mavic Air


The rule of thirds, leading lines, symmetry, framing, and other composition rules in photography still apply in drone photography. A simple google search will show you how to use composition in photography. See how you can make use of one of those composition rules to create a more compelling image .

Vietnam Rice Fields

Muizenberg, Cape Town

Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii

Panama City, Panama

Vietnam Mountain Passes

Look for shadows

During the morning and the evening when the sun is low on the horizon, the light casts big shadows of taller objects on the ground. See how you can use those shadows to create an interesting image.  

Costa Rica Cycle

San Diego Training

Shoot in manual

Over exposed (images that are too bright) drone photographs are all over the internet . Shooting in manual will let you manually adjust the brightness of the image and enable you to control how bright or dark the image is. If I had shot the below image in ‘auto’, the camera would have tried to make the dark water below the bridge bright enough to see and made the image way to bright. By manually lowering the exposure, I was able to only capture the parts the sun light was touching.

Cows on a bridge, Laos

Cows on a bridge, Laos

Look for contrast  

Look at contrasting textures. Grass has a different texture to water. Trees have a different texture to an open field . See how you can use contrast in texture to create an interesting image. Other contrasting things to look for is contrasting color, contrasting light , and contrasting shapes. 

Flooding in Laos

House in a paddy field, Laos

Single green tree during the dry season in Costa Rica

Black and white lake landscape, Laos

Hope this was helpful to you and feel free to message me if you have any questions about drone photography.  



Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal


Dylan Haskin

Hi, I’m Dylan.

I’m a professional photographer, videographer and content creator. But really, just a human on earth.

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