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Creating a Sense of Depth With Aerial Photos
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To craft impressive aerial photography, it is crucial to create a sense of depth with your shots from the sky. Read on to learn the tips and tricks to ensure your images are truly one of a kind.


Compared to cameras and smartphones, drones can have a wider field of view, making them perfect for nature and landscape photography.

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Shoot from different heights and angles to create a variety of creative shots.


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Usually, a down-facing lens creates flat shots, while an oblique lens creates a stronger sense of depth.

©caokynhan
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Even shots with a similar angle can evoke different feelings by utilizing water reflections to manipulate space as seen above.
If you are interested in improving your images with a sense of depth and space, here are six tips to try:





How to Create a Sense of Space with Aerial Photography


1. Look for a Foreground and Background

Depending on the distance between the target and camera, we can divide the space of a frame into the foreground, subject, and background.
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The foreground, as the word itself implies, is the element in-between a camera and the subject, while the background refers to the elements behind the subject.

©Luca Cornago
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The foreground and background naturally create a sense of depth that makes an image more appealing.

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You can hide part of the subject behind the foreground to create a clear sense of depth.


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Additionally, remember to include a background to accentuate depth in your photos.


2. Convergence Lines
When composing a photo, you can use lines to attract the audience’s attention. Lines can also help to create a sense of depth.

Pulkkilanharju ©Joonas Syrjälä
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Lines extending to or converging on a horizon or boundary can significantly accentuate depth in a photo.


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Rivers, roads, bridges, and many other line elements such as elongated shadows can also be used to draw people’s focus to subjects or certain aspects of an image.
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3. Blur Your Photos
Perspective does not only refer to images with objects that are larger in the front and smaller at the back. It also refers to the relative sharpness of these objects in different dimensions. For a DSLR camera, to blur the background, you only need to apply a larger aperture and utilize manual focus.


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However, for aerial photography, since drones are usually flying a distance away from the subject, it is difficult to blur anything by adjusting aperture and focus. In these cases, resorting to nature is a safe alternative.


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Fog, clouds, or even the smog from urban areas can add a sense of haze and romance to your photo. Test your creative limits by experimenting with natural resources to give your aerial shot that extra touch.


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4. Color Contrast
In addition to playing with the foreground and background, a sense of depth can also be created by using color contrast.


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Usually, warm colors reduce the sense of distance, while colder colors do the opposite. According to this method, using warm colors for the foreground and cold for the background can maximize the depth in your photos.


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Colors also influence people’s perception of space in an image. Lighter colors make an object seem larger and closer to the audience, while darker colors make objects seem smaller and farther.


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Because of this, utilizing the contrast between light and dark colors can also add a sense of depth in your photos.


5. Vertical Shooting
For two pictures with the same view and angle, a vertical composition creates a stronger sense of depth than a horizontal composition.



Equipment: Mavic Air



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This is due to how objects in vertical compositions are displayed in a different orientation with more details.
* Vertical shooting mode is only available with the Mavic Pro. For other models, users can use Pano mode to carry out a vertical shot.


6. Turn Reality into a World of Inception
Post-processing is another way to add depth to your photos.



Equipment: Mavic Pro

In the image above, the photographer distorted a normal 3D space with post-processing, creating a mysterious feeling similar to a scene from the movie Inception. Learn how to replicate this unique Inception effect.


Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro



Inspired by movies such as “Inception” and “Dr. Strange,” Panvelvet, one of the winners of the Architecture category in the 2018 SkyPixel Aerial Photo and Video Contest, took 43 photos of Hong Kong and composed them into a magical world.


Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro


Even though post-processing can be used to accentuate depth, not much can be accomplished if the original photo does not include the above tips. Take to the skies to test these tips and create photos with depth effortlessly!


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5-14 02:59
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Lysak2003
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Great tips! Thank you Panda!
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ParideM
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Beautiful and useful, many thanks!
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The Dutch Pyramid ROCKS!
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Wow, stunning pictures!
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Montfrooij
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And very useful indeed!
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Now if DJI could release  some quickshot ways to do the last 3 images we would be good!
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I love this!!!! Thank you so much.
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AntDX316 Posted at 5-14 06:25
Now if DJI could release  some quickshot ways to do the last 3 images we would be good!

Also yes this! Lots of processing power though.
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JHollimanPhoto Posted at 5-14 09:34
Also yes this! Lots of processing power though.

how much more processing power?
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AntDX316 Posted at 5-14 11:01
how much more processing power?

I imagine that unlike a normal panoramic it will need to cut out, resize, photos and foreground objects as the scale changes? I may be completely off.
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JHollimanPhoto Posted at 5-14 11:03
I imagine that unlike a normal panoramic it will need to cut out, resize, photos and foreground objects as the scale changes? I may be completely off.

It would be nice if they had some sort of format storage program where it would be rendered on the PC w/ the SD card at home w/ a DJI app.
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what a great source of inspiration

all  topics described here are so professional and will help in deep photograph techniques grow up !!!!
just AMAZING WORKS

these words ... in my opinion they are fundamental in the photographic composition

- "Depending on the distance between the target and camera, we can divide the space of a frame into the foreground, subject, and background."

- "When composing a photo, you can use lines to attract the audience’s attention. Lines can also help to create a sense of depth"

- "In addition to playing with the foreground and background, a sense of depth can also be created by using color contrast."

now I will have to propose to myself to do a very difficult job
even if it is so difficult to choose one
I must be able to choose one ...
understand why, what attracted me more, what particular
analyze its composition, technique, detail

And then ... get out of the house and practice until I can get close to the photograph I chose at the start

will have a different subject ... colors ... composition ...
in short ... with my style and my abilities

but surely this will help me grow in photography

Thank you DJI Panda for proposing this wonderful work

Alex
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5-14 12:11
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Hey Panda thanks for your tips, but here’s a tough one what’s your favourite pic ?
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awesome tips here, thanks! Gotta give the inception style a go
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stunning photos!!
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Lysak2003 Posted at 5-14 03:40
Great tips! Thank you Panda!

You are welcome!
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ParideM Posted at 5-14 03:46
Beautiful and useful, many thanks!

You are welcome!
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Hartyaj Posted at 5-14 14:48
Hey Panda thanks for your tips, but here’s a tough one what’s your favourite pic ?

You are welcome. Emm for me it is hard to say. I think most of them are awesome hahaha.
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AirButterflyDrone Posted at 5-14 12:11
what a great source of inspiration

all  topics described here are so professional and will help in deep photograph techniques grow up !!!!

Great opinion. Thanks for sharing.
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JHollimanPhoto Posted at 5-14 09:27
I love this!!!! Thank you so much.

You are welcome!
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DJI Panda Posted at 5-14 22:20
Great opinion. Thanks for sharing.

I happy you agree in this ...
Like so many users here , I would like get better my photography skills ...
DJI are helping with so many super camera ...
but here you and your staff are doing a real GREAT JOB ...
Sincerely THANK YOU for this DJI Panda
5-15 00:01
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Really great tips, and the examples make this article even better!
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Beautiful shots!
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Great tips and amazing examples
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Impressive work!
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Complete beginner looking to build drone mostly for camera usage
Hello there, I'm a complete newbie looking to build my own (first) drone. However, whenever I look online for DIY camera drones, there are only guides of FPV drones or pre-built drones. I'm doing DIY partly to help with college applications and also partly due to interest. Are there any specific differences in components between an FPV drone and one intended purely to film landscapes? What good 1080p cameras are there available on the market?

Thank you in advance.
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Awesome, great tips
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Thanks for the post, some great pics and tips
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mantap .. bisa dijadikan acuan dalam project  berikutnya
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Wow, really useful info and pics are amazing!
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These are some great tips. I am definitely taking my notes. Thank you for the insight and sharing.
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Wonderful Images. Thanks for sharing these useful tips. Will definitely try it out next time.
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Neat! Very helpful.
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Nice tips,
For the last photo, how you take it ? 2 photos combine ?

Do you use filters for the camera ?

Thanks
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Wow beautiful pictures
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Wow, stunning pictures!
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Super tips and great examples,  thanks for sharing.
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really great thank you
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