The Top Aerial Cinematography Tips
Aerial cinematography seem pretty simple at first. Simply set up, strap a lightweight camera to a drone you can control remotely, and begin recording. Oh, if only it’s really that simple.
Though recent technological advancements have been made to make aerial cinematography more doable, it is still not an easy task. Besides, it’s not all about piloting a drone, it’s still about being able to produce high quality, stable videos. And to assist you with your aerial cinematography, we’ve listed several essential tips below.
Choose Your Drone Or UAV
Online alone, you will find a lot of really good ones. Just be sure to read all the necessary information – specs, pricing, availability, the brand’s customer or tech support, customer reviews or star ratings, etc. – before you decide which one best suits your needs.
Be Knowledgeable About Your Settings
Some models have an autopilot mode which you can manually set up, some controls are more sensitive than others, some will have GPS some won’t, and some will even have auto-correct. So in order to maximize your videography skills, you have to really know how to use your gear – fly it both manually and automatically, and using basics as well as more advanced settings.
Pick Your Video Cam
Similar to when deciding on which model or UAV to purchase, you also have to gather sufficient information about the video camera in order to find one that will best suit your requirements. Most likely, you already have some good camera options in mind, however, since we’re talking about aerial cinematography, it’s important for you to consider the weight of the camera – it’s advisable for it to be light enough so as to maximize your UAV’s battery life and/or flight time.
One simple and yet very important tip is for you to slow your drone down. Be gentle on your controls so as to take really stable and therefore useful videos.
Consider The Atmosphere
Try not to shoot into the sun as your propellers will likely cast shadows and warp your shots; also, direct sunlight can make dust and dirt on your lens will become visible on your shots.
When it comes to wind, it’s good to fly when the wind is less than 15-20 knots or 17-23 miles per hour. For best flying, the wind should be within 8-10 mph or 7-9 knots.
It is also generally recommended not to fly when it’s raining as not all UAV system and video cameras are suitable to work in precipitation.
Direct Line Of Sight Should Be Established
If you’re not using an FPV system, you’ll find this very important. 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. Use objects near and far from your location to set up the unobstructed, direct line, and fly in a straight direction whenever possible.