5 simple ways to use drones to get awesome photos of your hotel
It goes without saying that drones are an excellent piece of kit, especially when it comes to reaching places that people simply can’t. Unless of course, you own a helicopter!
Also, due to some fancy electronics built into some of the latest drones they can be much more stable than the human hand.
Most drones use gyroscopes to steady themselves, and the cameras built in will have image-stabilization technology to ensure pictures and films are rock-steady.
However, when you’ve unpacked your drone, charged it up and got to grips with controlling it, how can you use it for your own hotel photography?
Here are five ideas to get you started…
The most obvious and perhaps iconic of the photography techniques is the bird’s-eye view technique.
This is where you take a picture looking down onto the desired location.
It works particularly well for hotels as it allows people to grasp distances and sizes of features in comparison to one another. For example the distance of the pool from the hotel, or the size of the garden walk.
That brings us onto one of the most impressive of all photography techniques, the panorama.
This type of photography is where the camera captures a really wide view within one image.
The technique is usually achieved through the use of multiple images that are then together using specialist software. It can sometimes cost extra, but it can be worth it.
These kinds of images allow you to show off the full array of sights within one picture, which captures people’s attention, allowing you to entice them to your hotel with ease.
Often a great place to take an image of your hotel is from the sea-front, however, it is usually too close to allow you to capture the entire hotel, or perhaps even too low down and you are not able to capture the entire structure, instead it will look like it’s floating.
There is, of course, one solution to this problem and that is using the drone for offshore imagery. This simply requires you to fly the drone out over the sea and take an image at the right height and distance.
You’ll need to practice a little, and if you have a drone that has a “return home” feature, be sure to turn it on, you don’t want it ditching in the sea when the battery runs out.
Out Of Reach Opportunities
In a way, this is similar to the bird’s eye view technique in that it is used to help capture a larger area from an angle that is either impossible or impractical for a person to get to.
A great example of this would be a pool, where you don’t want to have to get in people’s way to set up a structure in order to take a photo. Instead, you can take great aerial shots like this:
Last but not least we have the “indoor inconvenience”.
This is more of a method that allows you to save space and maximise the view range.
For example in the cafe/restaurant section of your hotel, where you don’t want to move people around and then be cramped up in a corner taking a photo.
What you can actually do is use the drone to take a picture from much closer to the ceiling which provides a better view for the people as there are far fewer obstructions.