Drones are becoming more accessible by the day, allowing filmmakers and aerial photography enthusiasts to get creative with new products. As a filmmaker, I have been working with drones for a couple of years, and wanted to share a few basic tips to help you get started. (Note: If you’re in the United States, you are legally required to register your drone with the FAA if it meets certain requirements, which you can do here)
Let’s start with a little inspiration. Below is a drone video I shot in Pacifica, California. It’s one of my favorite places to visit because it’s so hauntingly beautiful. Take a look at what I mean…
1. Go Slow
You might be tempted to rush and get all the footage you can. I know I was when I first started. But shooting your videos slowly will give it that smooth, buttery, cinematic effect. So remember to slow down, relax, and take your time.
Always have movement in your shot. It’s the difference between a still picture and a captivating video. A great example of this is flying the drone down while moving the camera gimbal up. Also, focusing on a moving subject (like a person or car) will add even more depth and interest to your video.
3. Practice, Practice, Practice
I really can’t stress this enough, the more you fly your drone the better you will become. The first time is always a little scary. I recommend using Beginner Mode (if you’re flying a DJI drone).
The first time I flew I remember thinking that it was a lot of money I was just sending up in the air right into the unknown. But once I got comfortable with the controls I was able to move on to more complex shots.
The exciting thing about flying is it’s always new! I have flown my drone countless times and each time I learn something new and I try to get more challenging shots.
Do you need a video with drone footage? Contact Me and we can make something great!