Drone videography can add a creative perspective to any video project that needs to be shot outdoors. This aerial cinematography isn’t yet commonly seen in videos, so if you’re looking to make unique, swooping landscape videos, a drone is the best tool to do it.
Drones are small and fairly easy to use and are starting to become a more affordable option for videographers. Although drones are easy to operate,but taking good drone videos is not that easy. Here are some tips to help you improve your videography skills.
1. Fly slowly
Slow is cinematic, and also creates the impression of shooting from higher platforms, like helicopters. This will certainly add to the production value of your work. Going slow also allows you more control and craft over the video you are trying to capture. Slow also reciprocates to stability and once you have a stable video, you can also come up with changes in production.
2. Get close to the landscape
If you feel confident enough about your piloting skills, try getting a bit closer to landscapes. Hills, cliffs, and even tall buildings are perfect for this. You can also push it further and fly close to big rocks and trees.
This bold move can further add intensity to your videos. Moreover, they contribute texture and dimension that is not easy to achieve with an extensive aerial shot.
This technique is also perfect for “reveal” type videos. Picture a frame with a mountain. Let that frame move, so the mountain moves aside to reveal a breathtaking sunrise.
3. Practice your piloting skills
Drone videography has more to do with drone flying and less with camera skills. Practise flying the drone until you’ve got great command over the controls and you can flawlessly fly it over your shoot location. The secret to smooth aerial footage is this impeccable ability to manually control the drone as you would with a video camera.
4. Mix ground level footage with your drone shots
You'll be amazed at the versatility a drone can bring to your videos, but this must be tempered with creative contrast in mind. A 10-minute video of stunning 4K drone shots will be beautiful, but will it be captivating? Mixing the aerial shots with ground footage from a DLSR or GoPro camera will give your audience different points of view and make them feel as if they were with you on the trip. Interplay these different perspectives together throughout the video to keep the viewer's attention and keep them guessing at where you will take them next.
5. Do it safely
Drones are not toys, they are tools. Learn the laws in your area before launching your drone into the sky. The cool operator will always be the person who retrieves their drone at the end of the day, not the one who’s on a ladder trying to get it out of a tree.
These days, drones and their autonomous capabilities have allowed even novice pilots to acquire what used to be extremely difficult drone photography shots to master. While many of these shots are now easily obtained through a drone’s plethora of automated quick-shots, it’s still a good idea to manually execute these shots as often as you can, and only rely on a drone’s autonomous capabilities when you really need it. This will help to make you an all-around better and safer pilot.