Drones are becoming less expensive, which allows videography enthusiasts and filmmakers to become creative with their products. The cinematography techniques addressed in this article are fundamental for anyone interested in becoming a drone pilot or videographer.
Aerial Pan Shots
Pan shots are usually captured when a camera is mounted to a tripod. The gimbal replaces the tripod for drones. It moves a drone away from a position. The process is more complicated than simple pan shots; however, the visual effect achieved is better.
A pan left or right moves the drone forward or backward. It adds sophistication to shots. Some artists prefer staying in ‘hover mode’ to maintain the stability of shots while panning. The technique chosen is a matter of effect you are trying to achieve and personal preference. Simply rotating the drone across a subject or landscape is golden.
Tracking shots are typically used when moving parallel to a subject. They are choreographed in synchrony. The essence of the technique is to match the speed and maintain focus on a subject at a required composition point.
This type of shot is often seen in motion pictures, car commercials, and sports events. The trick is to rehearse the coordination as often as needed. Using the controls for the height, distance, and focal length is an easy way to track shots. If it is necessary or you are comfortable, you can add more movement.
Flying a drone up or down without moving the gimbal or camera is known as a pedestal shot. It strictly relies on flying. You can achieve the camera movement technique through a jib arm or a crane. Moving drones up and down provides a tremendous range and gives more freedom. It is as easy as adjusting the altitude control and flying straight up and down without the worry of focal distance or camera movement.
The Fly Over
Flyovers are used for everything from TV shows to music videos to commercials. An easy way to film an excellent flyover shot is to choose a specific landscape or one object and focus all the camera movement on the subject while constantly flying and covering the distance until the drone passes over the object. Flyovers are mainly shots that help place a subject in a geographical perspective and show its scale.
As the name suggests, a reveal shot reveals a point of interest the photographer wants the audience to focus upon. It creates ‘WOW’ effects and shows a specific time of the day. Reveal shots also serve as an introduction and exit of a particular scene. Some classic motion pictures use reveal images to create memorable scenes.
Scenic Things to Capture
Thanks to aerial photography, people can easily and safely capture photos that once required hiring a photographer skilled in leaning from a helicopter to take pictures. It is still necessary to hire someone if you are not certified to take professional drone photography photos.
Technology has brought new opportunities for amateurs. Drones are more accessible and affordable than ever. Aerial drone photography is a creative means of capturing stunning images. Here are suggestions you can use to obtain the perfect picture. If you are looking for inspiration, creative things to capture with drones include:
- Your home
- Your business
- Your wedding
- Your friends and family
- Scenic landscapes
Realtors have learned the value of drone photos when marketing real estate. It is an excellent means of letting prospective clients see a property’s exterior and feel the surrounding neighborhood. Drones can highlight a pond in a backyard, dormers on a roof, or property that borders on the edge of a wooded area.
You can showcase vast land to show how big it is. A simple drone photo can showcase any of these features. Selling a home is not the only use of photographing a home. Use it for pictures of a home from different angles to start a gallery wall or add to a custom portrait of a home.
Viewing neighborhoods from above lets you see the order of neighborhoods and city blocks, whether they randomly dot the landscape or are patterned in uniform blocks. Capture the view of a childhood home or where you are currently living from above for a keepsake that will be a conversation piece for years.
Real Estate is not the only business that benefits from drone photography. You may display artwork, company policies, or inspiring quotes promoting a company’s philosophy on the walls of an office. The use of drones can boost a display and turn the wall space into advertising.
Make the service or product sold the focal point of the photography. Any outdoor activity or product looks fantastic from above. The products may be boats, skis, or pools. For less tangible products, make the building the focus. It makes an impressive statement to prospective clients and gives employees a sense of being part of something extraordinary.
A wedding takes time to plan and goes by so quickly. The photos are what is left to remember it. Traditional photos are valuable. Aerial shots of the big day can be an excellent way to relive the memories.
A drone can capture the couple walking down the steps of a synagogue or church after saying ‘I do.’ If the wedding is outdoors, the drone can take a panoramic view of the venue. You may get a shot of guests holding sparklers sending the couple off after the reception. There are endless possibilities.
Friends and Family
Everybody loves family photos. Close friends are like family. There is nothing wrong with grounded shots of conventional posed pictures or everyone slinging their arms over one another. Sometimes you want to mix it up.
Take it to the sky. Posed, conventional, or grounded photos are not what you want in drone photos of friends and family. Capture a toast, an impromptu shot of a beach volleyball game, or illustrate an ability you and your friends have. A drone photo accomplishes the loftiest photography goals.
Among the best opening movie shots are sweeping landscapes that show where you are and how far you will travel. You may not make the next cinematic masterpiece with drone photos, but with practice, you can take shots that are on par with some jaw-dropping opening shots. The thing about Utah aerial photography is the shot’s expansive nature. It captures the entire horizon, a whole city block, or sprawling forests. As you experiment, you expand the possibilities.
The ideal photo opportunity may be in front or above you. A little altitude provides a new perspective. By pressing a button, you can add great photos to your collection. It takes a bit of practice. Give yourself time to learn.
Featured Image: Close-up of a person watching a drone by Freepik.com<. Post images supplied by the author
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