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Shooting eye catching videos from high end cameras and fancy videocameras has become rather mundane in todays generation. People across the world are starting to adapt different methodologies on how to capture the most riveting video reel whether that be via action cams, 360° cameras, or even drones. There lay only one method to capture that awesome aerial footage and that is with drones. Check out our 3 tips to create stunning drone footage.

1. The Chase

Gear Used: DJI Inspire 1 with Zenmuse X3 Gimbal

Look at the precision and accuracy the operator maintains from 1:09 to 1:17. By keeping the subject (mountain biker) in the shot at all times while simultaneously flying towards the edge of the cliff, the scene builds excitement and anticipation. He also keeps a high percentage of the background in play to really show the scale of the mountain biker to the valley below. He starts off about 50m behind the subject to build the scene and then quickly tracts him to the edge of the cliff.

This is a rather tricky shot to achieve primarily due to tracking the subject as well as moving the drone through the air. We recommend having a second operator to control the gimbal/camera while the other operator controls the flight of the drone. Be sure to communicate thoroughly before the shot so that both operators are on the same page.

2. The Orbit

Gear: DJI Phantom 4 Pro at 4K

Check out the perfectly executed orbit shot from 0:41 to 0:50. The key to nailing the orbit is to keep your subject (in this case the Civic Center building) in the middle of the shot while slowly circling the subject at a constant rate. It takes a little to skill to master as it takes a lot of hand dexterity, but once you’ve practiced enough, the shot becomes seamless. Some drones even have the built in autonomous feature of orbiting a subject which makes it very easy for the operator to focus on the subject, rather than the flight trajectory of the drone. Keep in mind when shooting at night, your ISO might be higher. Try to find the right balance between your ISO and aperture to keep the shot grain free.

3. The Birds Eye

Gear: DJI Mavic Pro 

Lately, the birds eye view from drones has become standard for all drone imagery. In the clip above from 2:07 to 2:38, the birds eye view is at its best. What makes this shot so riveting is not the actual flight pattern of the drone, but rather the gradients that lay within the shot. For example, the tips of the white waves crashing on the square rocks outlining the straight pathway make this shot so appealing. In this case, not much is done regarding the movement of the drone, but rather only slightly raising in altitude to reveal more of the natural gradients in the shot.

The key to the shot is not figuring out how to fly the drone as that is relatively easy for a birds eye view, but rather finding the appropriate setting to make use of the natural gradients. The water/beach is a great place to start!

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