Technology has developed to change our ways of life, Gadget we are using and even how we do a lot of things in a more better and improved way, thanks to innovation in technologies.
Video Production with the use of drone is a great innovation that has change the face of video production. With the use of drone, we can now deliver aerial video footage that bring more professional touch and higher quality epic shots to our video shooting.
Hardly you will watch movie and music video this day without the use of drone shots, in fact, If you’re looking to create an effective corporate video production for either commercials or corporate events, Drone shots will definitely add to the visual amazement of telling your story.
Therefore, it is high time to invest in a drone camera to enhance and add more to your filming techniques, Yes a trending way that will give you an extra edge as a Cinematographer, Videographer or photographer.
In this article, lets discuss about tips that will make a quality and cinematic shot with your drone camera:
Drone Camera Settings
Proper camera settings will add the expected and desire visual feel to your footage. Use a flat image profile settings, this will give you the most dynamic range from your aerial camera. This will enhance detail filming of cloudy, blurred and unclear points of the ground.
Try and lower your shutter speed when shooting at a close range to the ground, to avoid the strobing effect. keep your shutter speed down by using an ND filter if needed to . You will get a sharper frames if you Shoot at 500th or 100th of a second, the common frame range among drone cameras but there is possibility of strobing so will advice to do a test shooting to know the best shooting frame for your drone camera.
Time Of Shooting
The time of shooting with your drone camera could enhance or disrupt your shooting plan and the outcome of your production. I m sure you will want to fly on clear and not cloudy days, and you’ll want to avoid any rain, misting or heavy fog as this will affect your location settings as well as props. So i will advice you to avoid trying to get any of your drone shots on a windy day. If you have any cause to fly on a windy day,don’t fly when the winds are over 20 mph though some drones can fly at up to 25–35 mph winds but your footage can be disappointing. Your drone stabilization settings can rescue you but not as shooting on a low wind atmosphere, even there is limit to what your editing software can do correct this. Therefore flying your drone to shoot at sunrise or sun set will add the desire cinematic visual to make your video shoot outstanding.
Method of Shooting
Familiarize your self with your shooting location before the real shooting time, this will enable you to know your key focus area as not to miss out on most important scene. Move at a slow pace so as to have a better control and add cinematic creativity touch to your visual. Take charge of your RC stick on the remote control by using gradual movements and remember to accelerate and decelerate slowly.
2. Adopt Two Axis Movements
Two axis movements are commonly watch in movie such that you will be flying backwards and downwards at the same time, at a smooth, steady rate.
3. Use Sideways Movement
Sideways movements is the best way to show exciting land features to capture landscapes from a different perspective. It add a flipping visual feel that makes your shots outstanding.
4. Through Shots Movement
To use the through shots movement, you must have an A confident in your piloting skills because it is very risky because you will rely on your controller screen (FPV) in order to navigate your drone through shot. Therefore, you have to concentrate and at the end the cinematography touch and cinematic footage will worth the risk.
5. Orbit Techniques
Orbit movement is the use of the rotation controller to switch to the right or left, and also pulling the yaw stick on the left side of the controller that controls the drone’s rotation in the opposing direction. But you must thread softly using this method because you can kill the effect if you move faster or too quick.
6. Parallax Movement
Using extreme parallax effect movements showcase a closer depth of the landscape often with trees or structures closer to the drone, provide a broader surrounding landscape view. An epic view that add another twist to your story telling.
These are few techniques you can adopt to fly your drone, here are lot of way you can add creativity to the way you fly your drone depending on your skill and what perspective you are shooting.