Stockholm-based photographer Tobias Hagg creates stunning images with his drone. We asked him to share his best advice for budding drone photographers. Here is what he said.

Be yourself and explore the things you want to see

I was very interested in photographing things that, from the ground, didn’t actually look as appealing as I thought they would from a bird’s-eye point of view. That’s how my journey with aerial photography began.

So I kept exploring and playing around with environments and subjects that interested me until I found what worked. You have to be yourself if you want to be successful in drone photography. By that, I mean you must photograph and film the things that stand out to you. Shoot it like you see it. The more honest you can be to yourself in your images, the more they will stand out to others.

Know your gear and understand how it works

When it comes to drone photography, it’s normal to be nervous during your first flights. It might take a few times before you feel comfortable operating your drone, but a base knowledge will help you improve and increase your chances of capturing beautiful images.

So, like with all photography, learn about your gear before you start using it. The more you know about your equipment, the safer and more confident you will be in various situations.

Be aware of your surroundings

Knowing your location before taking to the sky will help you prevent accidents. Scout the location from the ground, if at all possible. The more you know about the environment, the better your photography will be.

Always be outside, trying different locations

The only way to better your chance of capturing something amazing is to get out and shoot. Experiencing different locations and environments will only further challenge you to push the capabilities of your drone.

Eventually, you’ll know a good drone spot before you even see it from the air.

Stay curious

The curiosity I have of seeing something new for the first time is what drives me. I love seeing things from a perspective no one has ever seen before.

If you’re not curious, why did you get a drone in the first place?

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