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In this article, we explain in simple language, what each camera setting is and the best recommended settings for aerial photography. The below camera knowledge is great to have, for both aerial and land based photography. Throughout this article, you will find some terrific aerial photography videos as well.

It is a great idea, to practice with the various camera settings on your drone and build your knowledge. Also, you can read another couple of excellent articles for expanding your knowledge. Articles include, How To Aerial Film People and Aerial Lens Filters For Landscape Photography.

Using the right camera and settings, which are proven for aerial photography will allow you to avoid distorted photos such as chromatic aberration and barrel distortion. To become an expert at anything takes time and practice. Drones are great fun so you will certainly enjoy the learning curve. Drone Aerial Photography Camera Settings Optical Zoom

The zoom range of a digital camera is given in terms of its 35 mm equivalent. This is because many users are familiar with the 35 mm film lens. Using the zoom is ideal when the original scene looks clustered or has too many distractions. Shutter Speed

The camera’s shutter controls the amount of time light is allowed to reach the CCD (in simple terms, the CCD is where the digital image pixels are created). Shutter speeds are shown as multiples of one second. The shutter speed setting is a very creative setting for controlling the movement in a picture.

With aerial photography, depth of field isn’t an issue, so set your camera on shutter priority. Select between 1/500th to 1/1000 th of a second (1/750th of a second freezes most blur with lenses up to 100 mm in length on a full-frame camera).

On the ground or while hovering the single AF mode will work very well because auto-focus locks onto its target when you apply a light press to the shutter release button and remains fixed while you maintain the light press, until fully pressing the button to take your shot. White Balance

White balance is how your camera interprets the color of light in a scene through its lens. Different white balance settings can give your photo various colors from natural to tints of blue, yellow, orange and brown color. You can work with automatic settings in the beginning.

However, getting to know how to correctly set your camera’s white balance settings manually or using various custom settings such as cloudy, shady, tungsten and kelvin etc will improve your photos immensely. You can read this full article to understand white balance. Stabilization / Vibration

The latest Mavic Air flies super stable and it DJI superbly. It has many features including take off from your hand and flying using hand gestures. It also has face recognition and quite a few flight modes allowing you to concentrate on filming.

The Inspire 2 is the drone of choice for professional aerial photographers and film makers. The Inspire 2 creates Hollywood quality film. It also comes with a ground gimbal, meaning you can remove the camera from the Inspire 2 quadcopter and then attach it to the ground gimbal. So you can film all shots with it. You can find the best Inspire 2 bundle offers here.

Aerial photography is all about resolution so the lower the ISO the better. Using the lowest ISO setting available with your equipment helps to ensure the maximum resolution of your image. Also, it is best not to use digital ISO settings below the lowest rated offered by your camera.

Basically, ISO controls the sensitivity of your camera’s sensor to light. When you understand ISO, then both your aerial and ground based photos improve dramatically. You will know exactly what to do in different lighting conditions. One of the best articles to learn and understand ISO is entitled “ ISO Explained For Beginner Photographers“.

Aperture is one of the three pillars of photography. The other two being ISO and Shutter Speed. Without a doubt, it is the most talked about subject, because aperture either adds a dimension to a photograph by blurring the background, or magically bringing everything into focus.

Every lens has a limit on how large or how small the aperture can get. If you take a look at the specifications of your lens, it should say what the maximum (lowest f-number) and minimum apertures (highest f-number) of your lens are. The maximum aperture of the lens is much more important than the minimum, because it shows the speed of the lens.

A lens that has an aperture of f/1.2 or f/1.4 as the maximum aperture is considered to be a fast lens, because it can pass through more light than, for example, a lens with a maximum aperture of f/4.0. That’s why lenses with large apertures are better suited for low light photography.

We know aperture affects depth of field. Unlike ground-based photography, depth of field is almost a non-issue in aerial photography, since we are focusing almost to infinity. Set your aperture at the maximum sharpness setting for the lens. Concentrate on shutter speed and framing your subject.

Get to know the f-stop (aperture) which provides the maximum sharpness for your particular lens. As a rule of thumb for most lenses, maximum sharpness is generally two stops down from the maximum (widest) setting. For example, an f/2.8 lens will normally realize maximum sharpness at around f/8. Metering For Aerial Photography