May 27, 2019

Tips & tricks for filming using a drone

Drones - Professional photography drone with the cinema camera flying over San-Francisco pears and the financial district at the summer sunset - Scatter

Aerial photography was first introduced strictly for military purposes, but as time passed, aerial photography has made its way into different fields. If you are at a cricket watch or even a wedding, you will spot at least one drone covering the event. Drones have now become a crucial element even when it comes to the real estate market. A study by soldbyair revealed that 83% of home sellers prefer an agent who uses drones. 

Drone photography has become wildly popular, and with good reason. The kind of videos and photos that can be captured through a drone are mesmerising. And to make drone photography more manageable for you, here are a few tips and tricks:

1. Do some research about drone flight regulations 

Choosing the right location is immensely crucial for every photoshoot. But when we talk about drone photography, this step is especially essential as you could land into serious trouble if you are found disrupting air traffic or if you are flying your drone in restricted areas. To avoid this, ensure you read up on the flight regulations of the city.

2. Keep an eye on the weather

If it gets too windy, or suddenly starts raining your drone could get severely damaged. Apart from this, your entire planned shoot could go for a toss. It is always better to check the weather forecast before you start filming.

3. Never rely on just one shot, get a few more

Whether you are shooting a video or clicking pictures, remember to take multiple versions of the same shot. Especially if you are learning your way around a drone take at least 2-3 versions of a video. You could experiment with the lighting in a few versions too!

4. Practice hovering

Although hovering is a challenging skill to learn, but once you master it, all the practice will be worth it. If you’re starting to learn to hover your drone, check out this video

5. Invest in good drones

Drone photography is a great way to expand your passion for photography. And which is why you should invest in a good drone even if it’s your first time buying one. 

The level of expertise you’re at will also count when you explore the different kinds of accessories and features you would want. A few to consider are:

  • 4k Video Camera

  • Gimbal quality

  • Flight time

  • Aerial video functions like Follow Me & Orbit – This video shows how fantastic Active Tracking works while skiing. 

7. Lastly, keep the drone fully charged before a shoot

Drone photography can be a time-consuming affair. Even if you have a planned time slot for the photo shoot, make sure your drone is fully charged. Flight time is one of the most important factors when it comes to choosing a drone. Investing a lot on a drone which doesn’t have a good flight time will only disappoint you.

The only way to master drone photography is to practice regularly. There is a lot of helpful content present online which can not only help you with the basics but also with practising other tricks. Using drones enables you to add that unique factor to your photography, plus it so so much fun!