Does Your Drone Need Filters?

Drones have quickly become a common and important tool for photographers and videographers in many niches. Filters have been a staple for camera users for decades, so could you benefit from filters for your drone?

I was late to the drone party. I was interested but couldn't see much application in my work. When I finally had enough reasons to get one, I realized how much I had been missing, even if it was a sensible decision to be missing it. I get as much enjoyment from seeing the world from a different vantage point as I do from taking the photographs. I can't complain about flying a little robot around either; that pleases my younger self no end.

Taking pictures with drones isn't always as straightforward as it seems, however. In perfect conditions, there is little in the way of photographic knowledge necessary to pull off a successful image. But, when the lighting isn't perfect, you're photographing water or distant subjects, and the myriad other applications, you may run into some trouble. ISO performance is objectively rubbish and your lack of camera settings means that depending on what you shoot, a set of filters might be useful to you.

In this video, Todd Dominey goes through different filters for his drone, what they do, and how and when they are useful.

Do you use filters on your drones? Why or why not?

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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