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Aerial Cinematography Basics

Aerial cinematography does seem quite east to pull off. You just have to strap a camera to a remote controlled drone, and click record. 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. After all, learning how to pilot a drone is one, but creating a really good stable shot is another. So to help you get started with aerial cinematography, we’ve listed some useful tips below.

Pick Your UAV Or Drone

There a lot of really good brands in the market. 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

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.

Choose Your Camera

Just as with choosing a drone, you also have to gather as much information as you can before buying a video camera. 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. Practice shooting with finesse in order to get really useful shots.

Consider The Atmosphere

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.

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.

Get Direct Line Of Sight

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. So if you can use objects both far and near you to set up a direct, unobstructed line of sight and flight, then the better.

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