Do you fancy yourself a budding photographer? Well ROVA is about to take your pictures to the next level, literally. It’s time to elevate your Plane Jane every day photos to unique perspectives that only ROVA can capture; and I’m here to give you some tips on how to make sure your photos get a standing ovation every time.

1. Know your location inside and out

The perfect shot requires the perfect location. Whether you’re flying over a headland with stunning ocean views or flying over a lake in your local park, you’re going to want to know your location like the back of your hand. My advice is to head to your location beforehand; chuck on your walking shoes and have a good scout of the location. This will alert you to any potential problems when flying, such as dogs in a park who would love to sink their teeth into a tasty ROVA! Scouting your location beforehand means you’ll know exactly where you want to fly on the day, which means more time in the air!

2. Check your watch and the weather

Before you head out, make sure you know what time of day you want to be shooting in; this is going to affect your light and what direction you want to be shooting in. Some locations might be too bright early in the morning for example; in our aforementioned park the sunrise might look beautiful, but it could also rise over the lake in such a way that the reflection could throw out the light balance of your photo. Or, you could trek out to your perfect location with stunning ocean views, but the wind is too strong to fly in. Being prepared for any weather eventuality means you don’t waste precious flying time and will get the best possible shots.

3. Check where is your lighting coming from

Like any good photo, you want to be shooting away from the sun and not into it. This is particularly important with aerial photography however, because once you’re up and flying you don’t want to waste a second of flight time shooting photos that aren’t going to turn out exactly how you want them to. Make sure the sun is always behind ROVA’s camera when you are flying to get the best lighting in your photos.

4. Format your MicroSD card and check your equipment

To make sure all your images are stored successfully, make sure you format ROVA’s included 16GB MicroSD card before every flight. You can do this in the settings menu of the app; however, be careful! If you format the SD card you will lose any photos stored on the card. While you’re formatting your card, check to see if you’ve got all the equipment you need for your shoot such as extra batteries and ROVA’s disposable bumpers. It’s always best to be prepared!

5. Check the settings in the ROVA app

Your ROVA app defaults to preset settings each time you open the app, so it’s best to check that your app is set to your desired settings before you take off. That way you won’t be stuck fiddling around with settings while your flying, when you could be snapping shots! For photography, I recommend setting your camera to 12MP, and for video I’d recommend 1080p at 60fps. You’ll also want to know what flight mode you’re in so you know how to control ROVA once it’s in the air.

6. Practice makes perfect!

At the end of the day, practicing flying your ROVA will let you get more imaginative and unique shots. As your confidence grows so will your photography skills; so pop on those bumpers and get flying.
Remember to share your photos with the world and tag your #ROVASelfies to show us what you’ve created!