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5 drone photography books to read for inspiration and great ideas

Explore the recommendations made by the female pilots of the Women Who Drone community...

Drone photography is a work of art that requires more planning than people would like to believe. Budding drone hobbyists need both education and practice before they can get the absolute best aerial photos with their new flying robot.

With this in mind, we turned to our trusted community of female pilots for recommendations on practical drone photography books that would both show the way and inject some inspiration into those who are just starting to explore their horizons with drones. Here are the top 5 books women pilots in our community recommend:

Masters Of Drone Photography

By Fergus Kennedy; $23.60 (Hardcover)

Through probing Q&A style interviews, beautifully reproduced images, captions telling the story of each picture, and detailed technical information, this book gives the reader an insight into the working practices of 16 photographers – right from their career paths and inspirations, to the equipment and techniques they employ to create their breathtaking and visionary works.

The Handbook of Drone Photography

By Chase Guttman; $7.70 (Paperback)

Authored by award-winning travel photographer Chase Guttman, this book covers everything one needs to choose the right drone, to get airborne, and to capture and share incredible content.

With easy and straightforward instruction, the text will familiarize you with both the craft of photography and controlling the drone. The book contains detailed photography tips to help you bring your artistic vision to life.

Photographer’s Guide to Drones

By Colin Smith; $24.99 (Paperback)

With the book featuring award-winning and beautiful aerial photography, expect to learn:

  • How to fly a drone, including practice flight patterns and controller tips that will help readers master the basics

  • New rules of composition for aerial photography as they apply to drone and quadcopter imagery

  • How to create the best files for both still photos and video

  • Post-processing techniques unique to aerial photography that you would need to know, such as how to make videos look both dynamic and smooth

Eyes over the World

By Dirk Dallas; $24.99 (Hardcover)

Paying homage to the breathtaking beauty of our planet, Eyes over the World features an eclectic range of natural wonders and man-made oddities captured by both luminaries and amateurs alike in the burgeoning drone-photography community. Edited by drone-photography expert and the creator of the From Where I Drone Instagram account Dirk Dallas, this fantastic book offers a new sense of perspective and awe gained by drone tech.

Art from above Cape Cod

By Christopher Gibbs; $23.49 (Hardcover)

This book is the culmination of three years of drone pilot Chris Gibbs’ aerial journeys across one of the most striking landmasses in North America. More than 150 select images will give you all the inspiration you need to capture wildlife and weather, boats and beaches, famous landmarks, and hidden gems. The mesmerizing colors, abstracted landscape, and tidal patterns of Cape Cod only offer a more intimate view of a cherished national treasure.

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Ishveena Singh is a versatile journalist and writer with a passion for drones and location technologies. In the last 12 years, she has worked with both mainstream media organizations (Miami Herald International, Times of India, Microsoft MSN) and dedicated geospatial technology media (Geospatial World, Geoawesomeness).

With a deep understanding of content marketing and social media, Ishveena also helps private companies (DJI, Terra Drone) to generate qualified leads through useful and timely content.

When she is not making magic at her desk, you are likely to find Ishveena on road trips, eating her way through life, or binge-watching TV shows. Connect with her today on LinkedIn and Twitter


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