Many times when someone asks about taking their drone shots, the subject just shrugs and says, "I'll have to think about it". Yet, one of the most common questions about drone shots is what type of camera angle is best?
In order to get a good shot, you have to know what shutter speed you need, what lens you have and the composition of your scene. What you can't have is someone not thinking. How will they know if they have the proper angle if they don't ask?
In regards to camera angles, the two main options are wide and telephoto, with both having advantages and disadvantages. Wide angles are easier to use, but there are drawbacks with them as well.
For instance, in a wide angle, everything has to be at a certain distance from the camera for the wider image to be taken. So, the more distant the object is, the shorter its distance will be for your drone to see it. This is not a big problem, except that if you have to shoot a very distant object for your subjects, then the image may not turn out well.
Also, the long focal length creates a "new perspective" that you won't find in a telephoto lens. The problem is that the background objects will fill in the details in your subject. This doesn't create great image quality, but it is also generally more difficult to see when you are getting ready to take your shot.
So, the best camera angle for drones is wide, as in under 30 degrees, and it's best to avoid a long focal length. However, that doesn't mean you have to give up the awesome images you can produce using longer lenses.
Telephoto lenses are best used when you have a subject that you want to focus on. You can't get the same depth of field by using a telephoto lens in a wide shot. When you shoot a wide angle you may be able to control the depth of field in your camera, but if you're trying to keep the subject's distance from you as small as possible, it won't happen.
If you do need to add an extra lens to your camera, remember that for every f-stop you add, the smaller the angle, the less "zoom" you have. That means that if you add a telephoto lens, you will have a wider field of view than you would have with a longer lens.
There are three different types of lenses for your camera. The widest, shortest and telephoto lenses are what you have to choose from. If you do decide to go with a telephoto lens, it is best to get a sturdy one that will hold up well in the wind and other elements.
Keep in mind that each camera has its own unique "sweet spot" and a wide lens will take a picture at a particular distance from the object that will show the most detail of the objects. Some cameras will be able to adjust the distance of the subject in relation to the camera, while others will only be able to adjust the width of the subject. You may need to adjust the distance yourself by adjusting the setting in your camera.
Remember, when you are taking a wide angle you have to consider the different distances between objects, like buildings, trees and people. You may be able to control that by using an SLR camera and autofocus, but you may not be able to do that for a manual camera with its typical lens for this purpose.
The bottom line is that if you're a professional photographer, you may want to consider getting a drone for your business, whether it's aerial photos or some sort of remote-controlled robot. You can capture many different things with a drone and you can always change the location and angle if you need to.