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Tips For Capturing Stunning Aerial Shots With a Drone

As a certified drone operator here at Flying Scotsman UAS, I've had the pleasure of exploring the Highlands and capturing breathtaking aerial shots for various projects. If you're looking to elevate your drone photography skills and capture stunning images, you've come to the right place! Here are some valuable tips based on my experience in the field:

1. Master Your Equipment

Before taking to the skies, ensure you're fully acquainted with your drone. Understand its capabilities, settings, and limitations. Familiarize yourself with the controls and practice maneuvers in an open area to build confidence in handling your drone smoothly.

2. Plan Your Shots

Successful aerial photography begins with a solid plan. Identify your subject and envisage the shots you want to capture. Consider the weather conditions, time of day, and potential obstacles. Create a shot list or storyboard to guide your flight path.

Capturing Stunning Aerial Shots

3. Embrace Golden Hours

For the most captivating aerial shots, aim to fly during the "golden hours" around sunrise or sunset. The soft, warm light during these times adds depth and drama to your photos, enhancing textures and colors.

4. Mind Your Composition

Composition is key to compelling aerial photography. Experiment with different angles and perspectives. Incorporate leading lines, symmetry, or foreground elements to create depth and visual interest. Don't be afraid to break conventional rules to achieve unique compositions.

5. Utilize ND Filters

Neutral density (ND) filters are indispensable for drone photography, especially in bright conditions. They reduce light entering the camera without affecting color, allowing you to use slower shutter speeds for smoother motion blur or achieve a desirable exposure.

6. Fly Smoothly

Avoid jerky movements and abrupt changes in direction. Keep your drone movements fluid and deliberate. Use slow, controlled maneuvers to capture stable footage and avoid unwanted vibrations.

7. Edit with Precision

Post-processing can significantly enhance your aerial shots. Experiment with editing software to fine-tune colors, contrast, and exposure. Maintain a natural look while accentuating details to make your images pop.

Using drone to capture Aerial Shots

8. Respect Regulations

Always adhere to local drone regulations and guidelines. In Scotland, familiarize yourself with airspace restrictions and obtain necessary permits for commercial shoots. Respect privacy and prioritize safety at all times.

By applying these tips, you'll be well on your way to capturing stunning aerial shots that showcase the beauty of Inverness and beyond. Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep refining your skills and pushing creative boundaries.

For professional drone videography and photography services in Inverness, feel free to reach out to Flying Scotsman UAS. I'm passionate about capturing unique perspectives from the skies and would love to discuss your next project!


Scott MacDonald  Professional drone pilot

Scott MacDonald

Professional drone pilot, videographer and photographer based in Inverness, covering from Inverness to Glasgow, Stornoway to Orkney and the whole of the Highlands and Islands and the rest of Scotland, after spending over 9 years in the RAF, I feel aviation is in my blood. My company, Flying Scotsman UAS, is CAA approved, holding GVC and PCFO certificates, and fully legal with a £5m Public Liability Insurance.

My services include:

  • Aerial Inspections

  • Aerial Surveillance and Security

  • Topographical Surveys

  • Drone Surveys, 3D and 2D mapping

  • Golf Course flyovers and mapping

  • Commercial Videography

  • Property photography and videography

Some of my previous clients include:

  • The National Trust

  • Visit Inverness Loch Ness

  • D&E Coaches

  • Inverness BID

  • Inverness Golf Club

If you wish to know more information about my services please click here to contact me, or drop me an email at Keep on discovering your new heights!

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