Some Aerial Cinematography Tips
Aerial cinematography does seem quite east to pull off. You can just set up your shot, strap a tiny HD camera to a remote controlled UAV, and you can start recording. Truth is though, it’s not that easy.
Though recent technological advancements have been made to make aerial cinematography more doable, it is still not an easy task. After all, learning how to pilot a drone is one, but creating a really good stable shot is another. So to help you get started with aerial cinematography, we’ve listed some useful tips below.
Choose Your Drone Or UAV
There a lot of really good brands in the market. Before buying a model, make sure you did your research – find out all about its specifications, limitations, pricing, availability, support from the manufacturer, customer feedback, etc. – in order for you to be able to get one that would really suit your need.
Be Knowledgeable About Your Settings
Not all models are the same and will have varied functionalities or settings. So in order to really get best results from your gear, make sure you can fly your quadcopter or drone both automatically and manually, and under basic and advanced settings.
Pick Your Video Cam
Just as with choosing a drone, you also have to gather as much information as you can before buying a video camera. Of course you know all about the top quality cameras, but when it comes to aerial cinematography, one of the most important things you should look at is whether or not the camera is light enough so as to preserve your UAV’s battery life.
Here’s a simple yet vital tip: slow your quadcopter or UAV down. Be gentle on your controls so as to take really stable and therefore useful videos.
Consider The Atmosphere
Avoid shooting into the sun as not only can propellers cast shadows, if the sun hits your camera lens, it can highlight dirt on it during takeoff.
Pay close attention to wind gusts – don’t fly when the wind is greater 17-23 miles per hour (15-20 knots). And it’s best to fly when the wind is just within 7-9 knots or 8-10 miles per hour.
It is also advisable to not fly in precipitation – not all video cameras and drones are built to perform under the rain.
Direct Line Of Sight Should Be Established
This is very important especially if you don’t have an FPV system. It’s always more convenient if you fly directly toward or away from where you’re standing as anything beyond that will require more advanced depth perception. So if you can use objects both far and near you to set up a direct, unobstructed line of sight and flight, then the better.
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