The Creative Process Behind Great Drone Photography


In this post I walk you through some pre and post-production techniques and tips related to lighting, angles, color theory, lines and shapes to help you create better drone photography.

Properly considering and understanding the creative process behind drone photography is a powerful way to increase the quality of your drone imagery.

I’m Brad Walls (@bradscanvas), and I have fallen in love with capturing imagery via the sky.

Once drones became more affordable, I was one of the first to get a DJI Mavic Pro back in 2016 which I consider to be one of the best creative decisions I have ever made.

I’ve since learned some things about the creative process behind taking great drone photos and that is what I want to share with you today.

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DJI Mavic Air Drone Unboxing & First Flight (+ download my 4K footage & RAW image)

I recently got the new DJI Mavic Air drone and did an unboxing/some first flight tests to show you guys how the footage and image quality looks (scroll down to the end of this post to download the 4K footage and a RAW image captured from one of my first flights). Read More

The Year’s Top 60 Drone Photos



Last year there were over 90,000 photos tagged with #fromwhereidrone and I am happy to share that this year on Instagram there are now over 400,000 photos. How cool is that?!

In honor of this huge milestone I’ve compiled the top 60 most beautiful, dynamic, creative and engaging drone photos of 2017 from the #fromwhereidrone community.

This list came about based on several engagement and community factors for photos that were posted to the @fromwhereidrone social channels, like how much a photo was liked, commented on, and shared by others on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I did this using the stat information websites Iconosquare & Socialbakers.

Thanks to these amazing drone photographers and the thousands of others on Instagram that use the #fromwhereidrone hashtag everyday to share their drone work and inspire us all to new heights!

Quick note, I specifically linked to the drone pilot’s Instagram handle so that you can easily follow them and check out their entire profile. So please take advantage of that and show them some love! :)

I can’t wait to see what you all create in 2018! So don’t forget to tag your work with #fromwhereidrone!
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Just Get A New Drone? Here Is Everything You Should Know



Did you just get a new drone?! If so congrats!

I would like to take a quick moment to be one of the first people to welcome you to the #fromwhereidrone family!

…now if you’re anything like I was when I first started in this hobby then you probably have a bunch of questions.

Chances are you’re probably wondering how do you fly a drone, what do all the drone terms mean, what are the drone rules, what apps should you get, do you have to register your drone, where can you go for help and what are some recommended resources.

Or maybe you’re wondering how the DJI Go app works or who some industry leaders are that you should follow  or you may just want to view some amazing aerial inspiration.

Well if that sounds anything like you then you are in the right place!

I have designed this post with you in mind since I know I would have appreciated a resource just like this when I first got started.

So take a look below and if there is anything I missed or if you still have a question then feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me via my contact page.

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7 Simple Yet Amazing Cinematic Drone Shots You Must Master

This is a special guest post done in collaboration with Paul Archer of


Are you wondering how you can increase your drone game and get incredible drone shots like those ones you keep seeing on YouTube?

Or, maybe you’re simply looking for some ideas on how to improve your drone filming skills and create interesting drone moves in your work that are more dynamic and cinematic?

Then check out these 7 Amazing Drone Shots which usually serve as my “go-tos” for almost any video project I do. If you master these cinematic moves, your drone videos are guaranteed to have a more professional look.

Now I have to say you’ll be able to do most of these with ease even the first time, but mastering them is another story, so the key is to practice, practice, practice to make sure each move is smooth and controlled.

First, let me give you a few pieces of advice when it comes to picking a camera drone.

If you haven’t yet piloted a quadcopter and want to start with something more budget friendly, I’d recommend a camera drone that’s under $200 so you first master the basics of flying, learn drone safety and camera control without crashing something expensive while you’re learning.

If however you already have a more advanced drone like a DJI Mavic ProDJI Phantom 4 or DJI Inspire Pro (these drones all have GPS and a 3-axis camera gimbals), then you’re ready to start the lesson below:

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