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1. Choose a stable drone
In aerial photography, stabilization is arguably the most important criterion for the success of long-exposure photos—the camera's aperture and shutter speed. There are many drones that provide very high stability during flight, such as EVO Lite, EVO II Pro, etc. Therefore, it is very important to have a drone with a high-quality sensor to get good results at high sensitivity, such as the EVO II Pro! TIP: You can improve the stability of your drone by using carbon fiber propellers on some models. These propellers can provide greater precision of motion and better stability, and have the potential to slightly increase the charge of the drone.
2. Check the area in advance
Knowing in detail about the area you will be flying is a crucial step in getting the best photos possible. If you've never flown in the area before, I recommend doing it during the day. By doing this, you may notice tiny environmental changes that can affect your nighttime photography. Also find your drone takeoff and landing locations during the day. Be aware if there are many trees or tall buildings around you that may interfere with your flight at night. You won't be able to see them best at night, so you need to keep that in mind.
3. Pre-flight test setup
While some drones, like the DJI or Parrot allow for remote camera adjustments, most other quadcopters don't always have these types of options. Given the relatively short flight times of these machines, it's not always advisable to lose 3 or 4 minutes mid-flight to modify settings. To do this, set it up according to the type of photos/videos you want to take before taking off with the drone. Placing your camera at a small tilt angle during flight, up to about 15°, will allow you to achieve smooth motion, especially in travel mode, and avoid placing propellers in the frame.
4. Check your battery status
You will need to charge the battery to 100% before each flight. This way you can avoid any potential risks that may occur during the flight. For example, if your drone has 20% battery remaining, the drone will tell you to slowly return home (RTH). However, at 10%, it will automatically start to land on its own no matter where you are. So, in order not to lose your drone during the flight, be sure to charge the battery, preferably with a spare battery with you. It is worth mentioning that the EVO II Pro can last up to 40 minutes.
5. Consider weather conditions
Make sure you check the weather at night and be especially careful when flying in strong winds. If the weather is bad, put off shooting for another night. The quality of your photos and videos may be degraded in poor weather conditions. Weather can significantly affect driving and shooting. To avoid this, it is best to avoid flying when it is too windy, when the temperature is very high or very low, or when it is raining or snowing.
The pros and cons of taking pictures at night
- beautiful aerial photography
- unique experience
- breathtaking pictures
- Test your drone and adjust settings
- you need to plan the shoot
- Consider the weather
Finally, if you decide to fly your EVO Lite drone at night to take some amazing footage, this can be a great experience. Most photographers prefer to take long exposure photos at night because they present a unique scene. Taking pictures at night is a challenge because you can't see your surroundings, so test flights during the day are needed to get a better view. Safety first! None of us want to crash our drones just to take some shots at night. Remember, you must always follow the rules issued by the FAA. Now that you've learned how to do it, and what the law is, you're now ready to shoot some amazing night shots and wait for the night. Good luck and have fun!