So you have got your Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and are ready to hone your aerial photography and videography skills? You might have tried your skills and found your footage dull and unattractive.
Worry not. Here we are sharing some quick tips on giving your drone videos the movielike feel.
Combine different axis movements – You cannot expect your video to stand out if you are only moving your drone forward and backward. You need to try some combinations of different axis movements to bring the cinematic effect to your footage. For example you can move your drone forward and upward together or move it sideways while bringing it down. It will take a little practice to Master the Technique of moving combinations of axis.
Go very slow – You need to be very gentle while using the drone’s remote control stick. You won’t get a good quality video if you don’t move your drone in a slow and smooth pace. Any sudden movement can ruin the good shot. When you fly your drone too fast or jerk the remote control you will get shaky shots that no one will like.
Don’t go too high – Most of the beginners believe that drone videography is all about heights. When you send your drone very high, obviously, it captures a wider area but you won’t be able to capture your subject in details. You need to give your drone an obstacle-free space to manoeuvre. So, you cannot keep it at a very low altitude either. So, practice flying your drone at an optimum height so that you can capture your subject with stunning details.
Practice the orbit movement – It takes a lot of practice to move your drone in smooth circle. But, you can get a stunning view by circling around a subject. For this movement you need to maintain the target object in centre and then fly sideways while yawning the opposite direction.
Map the location and the weather – Before you go out and start filming with your drone camera, be sure to be aware about the location and the weather. You can use Google Earth to have an idea about the trees, electric polls and other objects that can be obstacle for your drone. Also make sure to know about the weather forecast. If the forecast tells that it’s going to rain heavily or if the winds are going to be stronger then you should postpone your filming idea.
The final takeaway – Videography and flying a drone, both are practical skills and you cannot learn them well by reading a couple of articles. You need to get in touch with the experts, see their videos and ask them for the techniques they used in filming their videos. You can be a member of some Website for Sharing Drone Videos and get feedbacks for improvement on your videos. When you see what other drone cinematographers are doing you get a lot of ideas to enhance your own skills. So, be a part of larger community of drone videographers and let your skills shine.