Meet Gabriel Scanu, one of Australia's up and coming artists. His drone photography gives a new perspective to the beaches of Sydney.
Can you tell us a little bit about how you got started in drone photography?
With a father as a cinematographer, I've always been involved with photography and film. He introduced me to the concept of droning earlier this year and once I had flown one for myself, I was instantly hooked.
How do you account for safety when using the drone?
When flying the drone I always ensure that I take off/land in an open isolated space so that there is no risk of any obstructions that can cause injury to others or myself. It's also important to know what conditions are safe to fly in and knowing how windy is too windy. Another big safety factor is air space and being aware of any other flying vehicles such as planes or helicopter, which could be within your flight vicinity.
How long did it take to be comfortable flying before you could focus on the photography?
DJI have designed a really intelligent and easy to use drone, which operates via their app on your iPhone. It only took me maybe one or two days to feel completely comfortable to go off and fly by myself.
What is your experience shooting video with the drone?
Video and stills are two completely different fields, especially in the world of droning. Video is great and looks amazing but is definitely a lot more challenging, as your every move is recorded so you have to ensure every pan and tilt is a smooth one.
What tips would you offer people getting started in drone photography?
For anyone starting drone photography, don't be afraid, but at the same time don't get too confident. Start slowly and gradually work up to more challenging distances and movements. Get a feel for the drone and understand how it operates in a safe open space and always be safe.
Where do you find your inspiration?
The majority of my inspiration comes from Instagram and the people I follow on there, as well as images that are constantly taking me by surprise in my explore tab. I also source inspiration from blogs such as 'The Classy Issue'.
Which photo of yours are you the most proud? Why?
I'm most proud of a shot I took flying over Bronte Rock pool at Bronte beach here in Sydney. I love this shot because the angle and perspective is so unique and unseen and it’s almost a heavenly perception of life as it goes on beneath with people swimming obliviously below.