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A List of Flight Maneuvers for Aerial Photography

By Hanssie on August 31st 2014

We’ve come a long way since the first aerial photograph was taken in a hot air balloon in 1858 by a French photographer and balloonist Nadar (aka Gaspard-Félix Tournachon). Now, everyone seems to be getting in on the aerial trend, from hobbyists that crash their UAV’s  in National Parks to professional wedding photographers giving another dimension to their offerings.

Aerial photography is now rapidly expanding thanks to more affordable technology like quadcopters. The FAA is still working on solidifying the rules and regulations around the use of drones, so before you fly, make sure that you are flying in a non restricted area.


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For those of you who are looking to expand your skills as a aerial cinema-photographer, the following informative video gives some great ideas of aerial flight maneuvers you can try with your quadcopter. Russell Brown from Adobe Systems demonstrates a variety of maneuvers from how to use motion to tell a story to the popular God’s Eye Shot in this 12:33 minute video that is sure to give you some ideas for your next flight.

Now, go grab that quadcopter and try out some of these maneuvers in your next aerial video production!

[Via ISO1200/Russell Brown on Vimeo]


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    I always love aerial photography

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  2. Michael Moe

    i think i need a quadcotper!! ^^ ;)

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  3. Chuck Eggen

    Recently purchased a Quad copter and find this very helpful. Would like to see more articles dealing with aerial photography of the Quad copter sort. Maybe something detailing GoPro camera settings and post work.

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  4. Matthew Saville

    …Just, don’t do it in Monument Valley, please. Le sigh…

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