In general, I’ve always viewed selfies as harmless fun. However, the idea that people are obsessed with making their own self-portraits felt a bit narcissistic. Because of this, I’ve always stopped myself from taking pictures of myself, and in a million years I would never have imagined writing an article about selfies – and yet this one alone. So if you’re wondering what inspired this article, it came from a moment I was flipping through a web link with some of the most powerful drone images in the world. Some pictures were exhibited there that led me to explore this street. A common theme of these images was that they weren’t just top-down aerial photos taken with a drone. they also managed to include the photographer in the picture.
After looking a little closer at these images, I found that the key element to this dynamic was the way the photographers had worked their way into the frame. This also gave the picture an immense sense of intrigue.
I finally decided to take my DJI Mavic Pro to some places that I thought had great potential for drone selfies. All recordings shown here were made with the Mavic in auto mode. It has also been fitted with a PolarPro circular polarizing filter to reduce strong reflections and highlights.
Benefits of Involving Yourself
When it comes to composition, it not only helps to give the viewer a sense of scalability and dimension. It also creates more POIs and adds substance to images that normally only consist of sparse geometric masses. Another benefit is that it can act as the main focal point or allow you to tell a story through a picture.
The five best selfie drone tips
• Explore your location. Use maps to pinpoint your location before you emigrate.
• Look for contrasting colors and textures. Combine interesting colors and textures in the landscape to generate interest.
• Look for focal points. Look for places in the landscape where you can position yourself and other people.
• Start low. Keep the drone low and gradually increase its altitude.
• Take pictures at multiple heights. Take lots of photos and choose the best ones later.
When and how to lock yourself in
Given that most top-down aerial photos are initially abstract, it makes perfect sense to add a focus as well. Remember, you don’t need just one focus. If you do decide to shoot in a style similar to mine, try to strategically look for additional areas of focus where people could be included.
It’s easy to find a place to be in a composition. You just need to find the primary focus to add yourself in. When you find that, think about how you want to position yourself (e.g., whether you want to sit, stand, or lie down). Lying on the floor gives the viewer an unusual perspective that dramatically expands the subject’s sense of scale.
Start flying the drone on the lowest level, then slowly move up. Always check your picture display and carefully observe how increasing the height will affect your composition.
Don’t be obsessed with getting too much height as it can ruin the selfie-style image you are trying to create a little. For safety reasons, I usually shoot at three different heights and then choose the most appropriate composition when editing my RAW files to JPEGs