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Aerial Cinematography Basics

Aerial cinematography does seem quite east to pull off. 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.

Even if aerial cinematography’s made more attainable due to modern technology, it still remains quite a challenging activity. Part of it is learning how to safely pilot a drone, but another equally, if not more important part is knowing how to produce squiggly-free shots you can actually use. So to put you in the right direction, we have the most important aerial cinematography tips listed below for you.

Pick Your UAV Or Drone

You will have a lot of options for this one. Make sure you buy one that will meet all your requirements – be informed not only about availability, pricing and the model’s specs, it’s also good to read customer feedback or reviews and the extent of support the manufacturer can provide you.

Be Knowledgeable About Your Settings

Not all models will have autopilot, GPS, the same controls, etc. So in order to really get best results from your gear, make sure you can fly your quadcopter or drone both automatically and manually, and under basic and advanced settings.

Select Your Video Camera

It’s the same with buying a drone – do your research and gather enough information about the gear before buying one. You probably are knowledgeable about the best cameras in the market, but since we’re talking about aerial cinematography, you also have to consider getting a camera which is light enough so your drone’s batter will last and therefore achieve longer flight time.

Don’t Rush

Here’s a simple yet vital tip: slow your quadcopter or UAV down. Be gentle on your controls so as to take really stable and therefore useful videos.

Avoid Wind, Rain And The Sun

Avoid shooting into the sun as not only can propellers cast shadows, if the sun hits your camera lens, it can highlight dirt on it during takeoff.

You also want to take gust of wind into consideration: avoid flying when wind is greater than 17-23 mph or 15-23 knots. For best flying, the wind should be within 8-10 mph or 7-9 knots.

Flying when it raining is generally not advisable as not all cameras and drones would be suitable to perform in precipitation.

Build A Direct Line Of Sight

This is something very important to keep in mind especially if you’re not using an FPV system. 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. Make use of objects near and far where you are so you can set up an unobstructed, direct line of sight and flight.