Enhancing Your Travel Photos with Aerial Footage

_DSC0048I have wanted to get into aerial photography and video for at least four years but the quality of the images, and especially video, was simply not really there. Camera vibrations, lack of control, poor image quality, and a list of other reasons have kept me from really doing what I had envisioned. As you can tell from the past few weeks, my attitude has been shifting on this with the products hitting the market that are making it easier than ever to get fantastic aerial shots. This past weekend, my wife and I decided to try and mix our love of driving around Colorado, photography, and aerial shooting into something we could both do together. As we drive around on our weekend adventures, we have been stuck just shooting photos and then usually creating a slideshow and posting it on my personal website (http://kerrygarrison.com). This weekend we decided to add the aerial element with me flying the quadcopter and her controlling the camera and giving me flying directions (since she is so good at telling me what to do). The result is not too shabby for our first time trying to do this together.

Our Equipment

DJI-Phantom-2-Vision-Plus-3While this was just a short weekend outing, it is pretty much identical to what we would take if traveling somewhere on vacation.

Camera: Sony NEX 5n w/18-55 lens
Copter: DJI Phantom 2 Vision+
Photo Editing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Video Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro CC

The Result

As I said, this was out first time attempting this and we need to learn some basic commands to communicate what we both want to get the best shot. Here is the final result:


Not only does the aerial footage add a neat element to the slideshow, it is also a way for a couple to work together to create something very unique. My wife has never been really into photography, and certainly not into flying quadcopters, but combining these things together, around our love of going new places will really enhance our experience together while allowing us to really share our experiences with others in a new, unique way.


Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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