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The Top Aerial Cinematography Tips

At first glance, aerial cinematography seems relatively straightforward. You just have to strap a camera to a remote controlled drone, and click record. Truth is though, it’s not that easy.

While current advancements in technology have made aerial cinematography more convenient, it can still be complicated for some. Besides, it’s not all about piloting a drone, it’s still about being able to produce high quality, stable videos. So to help you get started with aerial cinematography, we’ve listed some useful tips below.

Pick Your UAV Or Quadcopter

You will have a lot of options for this one. Before buying a model, make sure you did your research – find out all about its specifications, limitations, pricing, availability, support from the manufacturer, customer feedback, etc. – in order for you to be able to get one that would really suit your need.

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 to make sure you are maximizing the capacity of your gears and cinematography skills, make sure you can fly your UAV automatically and manually and under both basic or more advanced settings.

Pick Your Video Cam

Similar to when deciding on which model or UAV to purchase, you also have to gather sufficient information about the video camera in order to find one that will best suit your requirements. Of course you know all about the top quality cameras, but when it comes to aerial cinematography, one of the most important things you should look at is whether or not the camera is light enough so as to preserve your UAV’s battery life.

Don’t Rush

Here’s a real simple but important tip for you: slow your drone or UAV down. The slower and gentler you go, the better and more stable your shots will be.

Avoid Wind, Rain And The Sun

Try not to shoot into the sun as your propellers will likely cast shadows and warp your shots; also, direct sunlight can make dust and dirt on your lens will become visible on your shots.

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 advisable to not fly in precipitation – not all video cameras and drones are built to perform under the rain.

Build A Direct Line Of Sight

This is something very important to keep in mind especially if you’re not using an FPV system. Flying directly toward or away from you makes things a lot easier as anything beyond that will necessitate more advanced perception of depth. Use objects near and far from your location to set up the unobstructed, direct line, and fly in a straight direction whenever possible.

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