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Flying a drone can be really overwhelming! And with all kinds of drone footage everywhere, how can you make your own footage stand out? There are various reasons that could make shooting footage on your drone really daunting and difficult. You might have limited flight time, your battery light may be blinking, there may be strong winds blowing, and every angle you try tends to be something that could be made better. But, no worries, as we are here, happy to help you with some real tricks that will make your drone footage worthy enough to get an award for cinematography.
Drone footage is as common as a picture of a cat on the internet. Drones have become super affordable, and easy to use with the release of drones like the Mavic, and the new DJI spark fly more combo. Rise Above Custom Drone Solutions is one of the most reputed, authorized dealers of DJI drones in Australia. You could choose from their wide range of products like hobby drones, professional drones, enterprise drones, cameras, sensors, drone accessories, gimbals etc., and set out to make a mark in the drone world. And here are certain shooting tips that could help you in just that.
Some quick tips to shoot cinematic drone footage.
Drones have become so popular, and affordable in the recent years, that everybody, right from your dad to your little brother probably has (read really wants) a DJI drone. As a result, making your drone footage stand out has become all the more difficult. If you want to impress somebody with your drone shots, you really need to push your skills to the next level. Because, as unluckily, or luckily it might be, when you watch drone footage, the difference between the person who knows how to do it, and who doesn’t becomes quite clear in seconds. So, let’s take a closer look at the tips:
- Avoid jerks: You should refrain from being a user who keeps jerking the camera from right to left, in order to capture the perfect shot. This is completely wrong, as you should go for a smooth movement. Drone shots should look natural, and effortless.
- Let it roll: Drone shots look much better when you let the drone roll on screen for an extended time period. You should play it safe, and capture long shots as quick movement can become really disorienting. Fly it longer, and let your shot continue for more than three seconds, once you have found the right frame.
- Close to nature: Let your drone fly close to natural objects like bigger landscape elements, such as rocks and trees. But, make sure to let it fly safe, and it will add the much required depth and motion to your shots.
- Go backward: Flying backward shots lets your footage reveal a lot of things. It reveals the details in your setting like the trees, hills, buildings, people, and so much more, instead of focusing on a certain detail.
- Add sound: For all your drone footage editing, you should consider applying certain sound effects to the screen. This will enhance the footage significantly, and help the audience relate more to what is on the screen.
- Speed it up: Most of the drones come off as pretty slow on the screen. You can notice this especially in the case of waterfalls and mountains. So, this is why you should speed up the footage in order to add movement to the screen.
- Avoid overuse: Drone footage is generally beautiful, but totally overused. The best shots are the ones that are used in moderation. So, you should capture drone footage only when it is of utmost necessity
So, these are helpful tips, which you can make use of to create some stunning, cinematic drone footage. But, keeping all of this in mind, you should make sure to be completely safe while operating these flying devices. You should be an operator who is able to retrieve their drone at the end of the day, rather than trying to get it down from a tree, right?