Tutorial: Aerial Photography Composition Tips

Composition is a game of creativity, not rules, and it is within anyone’s grasp to become a master of this game. All you need to do is look at the world differently, through the eyes of an artist.

Whether you are a beginner drone pilot or a professional who has conquered the sky, the following six composition techniques have been carefully selected to take your aerial photography to new heights.

Composition tips should be used as a source of inspiration rather than a list of concrete rules. The most important thing is to get out there and try finding new creative inspiration.

DJIART Composition Techniques

1. Diagonals | Dynamic Tension: Where horizontal lines add a sense of stability in your compositions, diagonal lines add a new element to your work. Explore your surroundings, capture interesting objects, and experiment with diagonal compositions in your aerial footage. Frame your subject alongside diagonal structures to enhance this dynamic effect.


Pool © Alexandr Vlassyuk | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro

2. Juxtaposition | Complementing Contrasts: In aerial photography, juxtaposition refers to creating a contrast between scenes, objects, or even motifs.



Untitled ©郑戈 | Equipment: Mavic Pro


3. Isolate the Subject | Enhancing Focus: Place an object in the center of the frame, and take an aerial photo to highlight its features from above. Add in some background blur while post-editing to magnify this effect. It’s important to isolate your subject and creating a simple composition. This technique is especially useful for taking aerial portraits.




Summers Simplicity © Petra Leary| Equipment: Mavic Pro

4. Asymmetry | Attracting Attention: While symmetry makes a subject appear more prominent, asymmetric images can grab your viewers’ attention. Try combining both symmetrical and asymmetrical elements to create even more visual options.




Late Summer Sun © pgreen1983 | Equipment: Phantom 4

5. Rule of Thirds | Abstract Images: The rule of thirds is a great aerial photography technique that involves dividing your image with two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. You can then position your subjects along these guidelines to produce an aesthetically pleasing image.





默…  ©郑戈 | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro

6. Tell a Story | Guiding Viewers: Use your aerial photography to guide your viewers and expand their perspective. Elements like roads, rivers, and buildings are perfect for guiding viewers and offering them a unique perspective. By highlighting curved lines, your compositions can guide your viewers and reveal interesting details along the way.




Classic Tuscany © Stefano Geraci | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro

Try practicing your DJIART composition techniques, share your memorable shots, and discover more aerial photography inspiration at SkyPixel.


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