British Photography Awards


Fma7 4 974 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2019 10:02PM
A bit of controversy in the drone section:

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SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
10 Sep 2019 10:07PM
I love the bird life shot.

Be interesting to see what the problem was with the drone. I'm not keen on drone photography. I like seeing shots from high up but it doesn't seem to be real photography for me.
Fma7 4 974 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2019 10:38PM

Quote:Be interesting to see what the problem was with the drone. I'm not keen on drone photography. I like seeing shots from high up but it doesn't seem to be real photography for me.


I agree, it just seems like the latest "shiny new toy" fad.

The pets section winner is nice.
Chris_L 5 5.1k United Kingdom
11 Sep 2019 3:15PM

Quote: it doesn't seem to be real photography for me.

What are the rules for real photography where height is concerned?

Is it how high can your tripod go? Are you allowed to shoot out of third floor windows? What about from the top of bridges, hills or mountains?

These seem like real photography to me but not to you?

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saltireblue Plus
9 9.7k 36 Norway
11 Sep 2019 4:01PM

Quote:What are the rules for real photography where height is concerned?
Is it how high can your tripod go? Are you allowed to shoot out of third floor windows? What about from the top of bridges, hills or mountains?


For once I agree with Chris. (!)
Some may see it as only a new fad, but aren't many now established photographic tools - both hardware and software - greeted with a deal of scepticism when first launched...
I like the idea of being able to see the world through a stills-camera lens in a way not previously available. We can view well-known sights as never before.
SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
11 Sep 2019 4:51PM
I just don't think you get the same hands-on feel of taking a photo. That's all.
Jestertheclown 10 8.0k 252 England
11 Sep 2019 8:55PM
I suppose it depends on your point of view.
I don't own a drone; for me they have no appeal whatsoever but I see others using them and I'm reminded of radio controlled aircraft.
In the respect, I'd imagine that he fun comes from the flying of them, making the taking of photographs secondary and very impersonal.
On the other hand, if you look upon it as just another type of camera, then the flying becomes a necessity. It could even become a chore.
I do agree with Chris though, there's something personal about taking photographs with a proper camera, using your hands.
Chris_L 5 5.1k United Kingdom
12 Sep 2019 12:16AM
I use my hands with the drone, I nudge it carefully into place, adjust the camera settings, frame the shot then wait for the magic moment and fire the shutter. I wouldn't have got these two shots any other way. For me it's not about the camera, it's about the photograph.







12 Sep 2019 4:35AM
Photography is all about capturing light and it hardly matters whether the the camera is mounted on a tripod or fixed in a drone...Drone photography is also an well established part of photography, and it requires a lot of skills...

My daughter has a drone as a toy, she can fly it very well but whenever i try, it always ends in a crash before landingTongue ...i believe someday i could fly it very well and then i can also think of investing in a drone for photography...

A drone can open up many possibilities to a photographer, it can give interesting pov and pattern which we generally don't see from the height of 5 to 6 feet...

The images, you have posted here Chris, particularly the first six, can easily fit in any gallary...
Chris_L 5 5.1k United Kingdom
12 Sep 2019 9:42AM
The posters who shun drone photography as photography you say it's because of the camera. But if you have never tried it then you are prejudging something that you have no experience of before concluding it's not "real" photography.

It's not all about a Google Earth view, nor is it like leaving a Trap Camera in a wildlife park that's triggered automatically.

Moving a drone into position is a bit like moving a camera into position on a ball head. That might be a bit of a chore for some, but it's easier and cheaper than erecting scaffolding or hiring a helicopter.

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SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
12 Sep 2019 11:24AM

Quote:Photography is all about capturing light and it hardly matters whether the the camera is mounted on a tripod or fixed in a drone...Drone photography is also an well established part of photography, and it requires a lot of skills...
I totally agree. However, you misunderstand me. I was talking from a personal point of view that, for me, I enjoy the feel of carrying a camera, composing and adjusting exposure with an instrument I hold in my hand so I can feel the process. It's more immediate, tactile and satisfying, rather then pushing around joysticks. I'm not disputing the drone pictures are beautiful, and drones are very useful instruments.
Chris_L 5 5.1k United Kingdom
12 Sep 2019 12:20PM

Quote:composing and adjusting exposure with an instrument I hold in my hand so I can feel the process. It's more immediate, tactile and satisfying, rather then pushing around joysticks
On most drones you adjust your shutter speed, aperture, ISO etc with control wheels that are very similar to the ones on a camera. It's totally immediate as the view is live, comms happening at the speed of light. The view through the lens is different to your head's viewpoint, just as it is when you use a telephoto lens. You'd be able to manage. People mistake the controller in your hand for a camera.

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SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
12 Sep 2019 1:52PM

Quote:. You'd be able to manage. .


You know what they say about women drivers.....Grin
12 Sep 2019 5:18PM

I love my drone, I just see it as another of my cameras.
For me its not about flying it but about placing it where I want to take my photo from.
Just pure ignorance from most other photographers who have never given a drone a go or even took the effort to speak to someone who is flying one. I did a talk at my camera club and it opened the eyes to many photographers who just viewed them as gimmicky toys until my flying Hasselblad took to the stage.

Don't judge drone photography until you give it a go. I bet you were the same when digital cameras came out !

Whats your views on electric cars? Probably the same as drones, not really looked at them but made your mind up before even trying something new.
SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
12 Sep 2019 6:11PM

Quote:
Just pure ignorance from most other photographers who have never given a drone a go.
Don't judge drone photography until you give it a go. I bet you were the same when digital cameras came out !Whats your views on electric cars? Probably the same as drones, not really looked at them but made your mind up before even trying something new.



Not at all. I'm just not interested in drones, or cars in general for that matter. And I've always loved digital cameras. And don't call me ignorant just because i don't like the same things you do.

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