8 Tips to Take Amazing Landscapes with Your Drone

Drone photography is more popular than ever, with the miniature quadcopters zipping about the world to give us a bird’s-eye view of our beautiful landscape below. But piloting your drone to photographic success can be a bit more difficult than you’d think.

The good news is landscape aficionado and YouTube vlogger Andrew Marr has created this short video to help you get to grips with shooting high in the sky.

Equipped with his DJI Mavic Pro, Marr heads to the dusty Australian bush in search of soaring, rugged landscapes. After a quick discussion on the advantages of such a lightweight drone, Marr begins his breakdown of the 8 essential tips and tricks.

1. Utilise the Unique Perspective

Although it may seem obvious, it is important to be aware of how using a drone is much less restrictive than your regular DSLR. As a drone can manoeuver with ease across a landscape, problems like hills and cliffs become irrelevant. This means you can get a uniquely fascinating perspective that would normally be impossible.

2. Always Bring Spare Batteries

Before you set off into the wilds with your drone, be sure to bring along several spare batteries. By doing so, you are able to do numerous test flights to get a great composition, before replacing the battery for the final shot. With batteries in reserve, you won’t feel rushed into shooting and potentially ruining your image.

3. Switch Up Your Angles

As you’ll probably know, there are generally two main angles in drone photography. Firstly we have the bird’s eye-view, where curved and straight lines as well as contrasts in colour and texture can create a captivating image. Secondly is the traditional landscape angle, which allows you to depict a vast, sweeping scene. But don’t be afraid to switch between the two and make the most of your flight.

For the five final tips, watch Marr’s video above. To view more of his work, visit his YouTube, Instagram, and website.


Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.