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Weddings are usually the most important and memorable days for the couple getting married. It’s natural that wedding photography is one of the most important components for this special day, as people involved want to have special footage to help capture these cherished moments.

Drones are becoming an integral part of wedding photography and the results have been great. Let’s dig deeper.

Benefits

Drones are now providing weddings with shots that once were harder to get or impossible. Before drones, the highest aerial shot you could get would be dependent on however brave your photographer would be in climbing up a ladder or whatever else was around.

Say good bye to those days, because drones now allow you to capture amazing 360 shots from a vantage point previously impossible. They are able to take stunning videos and photos from the skies that all would look great in a professionally edited video.

Drones are also extremely quick and they can be maneuvered with great precision, allowing the photographers to capture that perfect shot. Let’s look at the types of shots that you can get with drones.

Types of Shots

Drones really are only used for weddings that are outside, because of the amazing views that they provide. Common shots in weddings include fly-byes down the aisle over the audience to the front where the marriage takes place. This just gives an overall great view of the venue.

While fly-bys look great for weddings, another popular shot is starting from as close to the ground level as possible and then gradually lifting straight up. Straight above aerial shots look great when walking down to the aisle or any moment during the ceremony.

Full 360 shots are also common ways to capture with drones because you really get to see the entire landscape and venue in one shot. Starting up in the sky or close to the ground and rotating the drone to capture everything is yet another spectacular shot that is best captured with drones.

Finally, and this depends on the venue, any scenic shot you can get of the surrounding area would look great. Focusing on panning and zooming with all of these views will make your footage look great and they will be shots that only a drone could capture.

Best Drones to Use

When it comes to shooting for wedding photography, you’ll want a drone with a 4k camera, a gimbal, and a decent battery life so you can get as many shots as you want. Also, maneuverability is important because you want to drone to get the exact shot you want.

For drones that we offer here at Lumoid, the DJI Phantom Pro 4 would be an excellent choice. It shoots in 4k video, it senses obstacles, and there are several flight modes that make it easy to fly. Also, when paired with the DJI app, you can live stream what the drone is recording and move the gimbal to move the camera in the perfect position. With the spare battery, it will give you 46 minutes of flight time, which should be more than enough.

The DJI Mavic Pro would work just as well as it has much of the same capabilities that the Phantom offers. When it comes to picking a drone for wedding photography, just make sure it has a battery life of at least 30 minutes, a 4k camera, and a 3-axis gimbal. Now that you have an idea about what drones to use, let’s talk about some rules and regulations that you’ll have to consider.

Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations are always something that you should keep in mind when using drones for any purpose.

If you are flying the drone, keep it below 400 feet and within your line of vision at all times. If you are hiring a professional drone photography company for the job, make sure they have the required licensing. For flying a drone for commercial purposes, drone pilots are required by the FAA to have a Part 107 license.

Also, they will need to have insurance, to cover any damages or injuries that may happen. These drones are flying above large crowds of people and anything can happen. It’s better to be safe in this situation.

Finally, make sure that the venue you are having the wedding at will allow the use of drones. For instance, places that are open to the public may not want drones flying around and capturing video. It’s an issue of both privacy and noise, as drones can be somewhat loud. Just check beforehand to make sure they are allowed.

There’s also simply just restricted air spaces that you won’t be allowed to fly your drone in, usually due to it being close to an airport, military base, or national parks. The best way to check this beforehand is to use AirMap, which is a tool that every drone pilot should have.

If you are following all of the guidelines listed above, then you should have no problem in getting some incredible wedding photographs with your drone.

 

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