In the past five or so years, drone cameras have become the hype of the photography industry.
It's no wonder why - they allow for unique perspectives to be taken on scenes that otherwise cannot be obtained. The bird's eye view can be artistic, distinctive and dramatic.
However, new drone owners often find themselves with their recently purchased drone, unsure of where they should fly it.
There are a number of rules to adhere to when flying your drone in Victoria and other parts of Australia. It is important that you read all of the regulations, but the key ones to keep in mind are:
1. You cannot fly it in Victorian National Parks. 2. You cannot fly it nearby to helipads or airports (Apps like "Can I Fly Here?" will help with understanding this). 3. You cannot fly it where it is distracting or invasive of members of the public.
With these laws in mind, you may feel a little restricted as to where you can fly your aerial camera. But, never fear: there are still a diverse range of destinations in Melbourne and Greater Victoria where you can legally/safely/productively fly your drone.
Victoria's country towns, both inland and coastal, are effective locations to fly your drone. The iconic main streets, sparse surrounds and heritage buildings often make for clean and simple imagery.
My recommendations are:
- Ararat (try to get the Grampians National Park in the background)
- Lorne (try launching off the pier)
- Bright (try to get the town in the foreground and the nearby Alpine National Park in the background)
It doesn't matter where you are - an epic dawn or dusk setting will almost always transpire into a remarkable shot.
The key for securing a high-quality sunset/rise image is adjusting your shutter and exposure settings on the camera. Most DJI drone will allow you to reduce or increase these settings so that you can control how much light is being taken into the image.
If your image is over-exposed, this indicates that you may need to shorten shutter speed or reduce exposure compensation. Alternatively, if your image is too dark, you may need to increase shutter speed and exposure compensation.
The simplicity of a straight road, or complexity of a multi-lane curving highway, can make for an admirable drone image.
Generally, drone shots of streets are better when there is one or more car on the road. This brings about a sense of motion to the image and helps understandings of what is happening in the photograph.
- Brighton Esplanade (try getting Melbourne CBD in the background)
- San Remo Bridge (but you must only launch on the outskirts of San Remo to avoid the local airport)
- William Buckley Bridge in Barwon Heads (try to get the ocean/river inlet into the image)
The contrast or connection of land and water can often look very dynamic in an aerial image. Just be careful not to fly over a protected marine park.
Nice article, I've been looking for spots where I can fly legaly and it is really ahrd to find them. Having said that it seems that some of the locations you suggest are off limits too. The photo of the road with cars seems to be breaking rule not flying above cars. Also, Bright seems to be almost completly off limits as it is surrounded by national park / parks Victoria.