Architectural Photography Using Drones


Architectural photography presents a building, complex or community in a visually pleasing but realistic way. The use of drones to capture imagery of these subjects adds a new architectural photography dronesperspective. Traditional architectural photography was ground based. Head on, looking up, maybe from a crane. Using a variety of perspective controls may have presented buildings in an interesting angle. However, the one truth, each image was shot from a camera rooted to the ground.

Traditional methods of ground photography can create amazing results and methods such as perspective control and tilt-shift lenses may work, but they can require a lot more post processing. Drones bring an certain efficiency to a photo-shoot. They are able to move from angle to angle, elevation to elevation, and are agile enough to get the most appealing shot, and do it less time. Despite differences between shooting from the ground and shooting from the air there are still constants in architectural photography that require a trained eye including lighting, time of day and the vision to identify the best way to represent what you are shooting.

Drones equipped for high-end photography are taking the highest resolution images. On board you will find the latest in camera technology including, Micro 4/3 cameras capable of shooting 5K (that’s right 4K is already headed for the rear view) and 20MP RAW still images. Imaging software has grown alongside photography hardware. Images shot can now be transformed into high resolution 2D orthomosaic maps and 3D models.