So You Take Awesome Drone Pics? Here Are The Best Ways To Share Them
Drones are possibly the hottest product category for consumers and professionals alike. How did this trend sprout up so quickly? The truth is, drones have been around for a lot longer than you’d think. In fact, the first radio operated wireless airplane was created way back in 1917! Yet it wasn’t until high quality cameras became small enough to put on relatively inexpensive drone technology that we saw massive adoption. Today, photographers and videographers all over the world use drones to express themselves and capture unique perspectives. After you bring your drone down to the ground from a round of shooting, you get to relish in the pictures. Whether an inexpensive beginner drone or a massive professional one, you’re left with images that you must share with the world! So what is a drone enthusiast to do?
Well, before we get into your options, let’s take a step back and realize that speed is of the essence here. Today’s world is all about fast technology and fast sharing. Smartphones, tablets, computers, and smart watches are upgraded every single year. The newer the device, the better and faster the camera is too. Just as quickly, you want to be able to get your shots out to your friends, family, or the world at large. Thankfully, there are so many different outlets which allow us to do that. According to Bernard Marr, there are 95 million photos and videos shared on Instagram every single day. Yes, you read that correctly. 95 million photos and videos on only one single social media network. Of course, that’s not the only way to share the newest drone pics and videos in your collection. You have a lot of options out there, so we’ve narrowed down the best ones for you below.
- Dronestagram is almost exactly like Instagram with the only difference being that all the pictures are taken from drone photography. It is one of the most popular networks for drone photography. These photographers have a special talent and this platform allows them to share what they capture and get inspired by each other’s work. It allows them to delve into their own little world of photography. Instead of scrolling through pictures on our feed which don’t interest us, Dronestagram becomes the filter and shows us what we want to see.
- One’s own personal site is the most accessible and personalized way to share drone photography. It is customized and run by the photographer himself so if he has a specific theme he would like to portray through his photography, this platform allows him to do that and much more. Having a personal website also helps the photographer appear more professional as he has a home base containing all his creative content. With one’s own creativity, he can create an appealing website that can help attract corporate and ad agency clients. Yet even for hobbyists, having your own website might be the best way to go. Plus, these days there are lots of free options for building your own using templates and the like.
- Facebook, one of the biggest thriving social media platforms across the world, is another example. Chiming in again is Bernard Marr, who informs us that 32 billion people are active on Facebook daily. With so many people from so many different cultures on that one network, it makes it easier for artists and other creators to be acknowledged and noticed. Even when there are many other social networking and media platforms out there, Facebook stands out and continues to be used by billions all over the world. There is now compatibility with Facebook that allows users to live stream their drone “flights” right onto the platform. Drones are becoming more popular worldwide for events like weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and more. Drone photographers now have a better reason to use Facebook.
- SkyPixel is a free drone community platform launched by DJI back in 2014. It is one of the world’s most popular places to display drone photography. They continue to host photograph competitions and offer amazing prizes. The competition allows the photographers to challenge themselves and be more involved in something having to do with their passion or career. The winning images tend to receive coverage from media organizations which then greatly influences their success.
- Instagram and Twitter. Around the world, billions of people use social media every day, and that number just keeps growing. It’s changing the way we do business, the way we are governed, and the way we live in society. There so many interactions with so many people at so many times during the day. Instagram and Twitter are two more examples of successful and accessible ways to share and upload personal photos, videos, and more. The majority of photos and videos on these platforms are not drone created which is why it can easily stand out and again, be noticed. People are constantly seeing new and different pictures and videos on their feeds, which is a way of almost “pushing” it towards the user.
These are the five best of many shareable platforms, so if you have another one in mind you can’t really go wrong. If you’re asking yourself why we didn’t list email as an option, then clearly you haven’t been using the latest technology! These days image size is so big (due to image quality of course), that almost anything you shoot with a drone will simply be too big to share via email. If you do want to share large image files or videos with specific people, there’s always dropbox or other similar services that allow you to send big files across the web. But don’t even try email - you won’t get very far!
With that said, drone photography is something incredible and deserves to be taken seriously, which is why there are platforms specifically created for drone photographers/photography. It is an art in and of itself. It is astonishing that we have the technology today to capture such beautiful and meaningful images from such amazing angles and height. Now go out and share them with the world!