Honing your drone skills for creative drone videography

Here’s a guest post by Helen Clark. I think you’ll find this information helpful and useful in refining your skills as a drone pilot. Feel free to leave a comment on what you thought and if you found it beneficial!

Honing your drone skills for creative drone videography

 

Video editors increasingly like to incorporate drone footage into their productions. The footage provided by a skilled drone pilot can add a creative touch to many different video formats. To tap the advantages a drone can provide, it’s important to have solid piloting skills at your disposal. A skilled drone pilot will not only avoid mishaps that can derail a production but will have the skill to properly execute complex movements and shots in a smooth, controlled fashion. This is the kind of footage that video editors love to use – here’s how to hone your skills so you can provide it to them.

Master the basics
It may seem obvious, but before you start getting those great shots, you need to spend some time mastering the basics of drone piloting. Keep it simple to start. Find a large open area and practice the basics of take-off and landing, hovering, moving backward and forwards, and circling. Only then, start adding in flying to and around specific destinations. That can be as simple as setting up a simple course with some cones and navigating around it. And you don’t have to wait for the weekend to get outside and practice. There are numerous drone flight simulators where you can hone your basic skills too.
Many pilots start by piloting by a line of sight, but then move into FPV (first person view) remote piloting as they improve. When you’re transitioning into this, be sure to use a spotter to keep you aware of obstacles you may not be able to see through the drone’s FPV camera.

Get the most out of your drone videography by blending piloting skill and creativity

Understand your drone’s flight modes
Many models of drones have different flight modes within the controls. Be familiar with the performance aspects of each. A “beginner” mode might allow you to fly safely but won’t allow the sort of fine control you’ll need for complicated shots. Likewise, “expert” settings may allow you to execute some very impressive maneuvers, but also let you get in over your head if your skill set isn’t up to snuff.
Whichever settings you use, remember that the objective is to get usable footage to your video editors. So, don’t get caught up in showing off your flying skills when all video editors want is smooth, consistent footage.
Smooth and slow is the ticket
To the point raised above. Video editors want footage they can use. And that usually means slowing down your drone and concentrating on the fluid movement of the drone and camera. As you develop your skills, set up practice situations and simulations that allow you to practice these skills. Video editors aren’t interested in your drone racing skills, but they’ll pay well for a long, steady shot.
Skills to master
Most drone videography consists of variations on panning shots. Here are some basic skills to practice before you start marketing yourself to video editors.
• The Bird’s Eye View: The bird’s eye view is a favorite of video editors. With the camera pointing straight down, the drone rises straight up. To pull off this shot successfully, you’ll need to practice tracking straight up at an even speed. For a variation, rotate the drone on its axis to create a spinning effect.
• The Strafe: To execute the strafe, the drone needs to slide across the “frame” where the action is occurring. The key element of a successful strafe is maintaining a constant speed and altitude.
• The Fly-through: As the name suggests, with a fly-through the object is to move through a gap or series of obstacles. This is where your practice of the fundamentals pays off!
• Orbits: Orbits can require some skill in pacing and control. In an orbit, you slowly circle an object at a constant speed and altitude. Practicing at low altitude around a fixed location is great preparation.

Author Bio: 

Helen Clark has over 5 years of experience in writing and creating Video films. She has been associated with a host of sites related to Video films and has the expertise to work both on an editorial and advisory level. She intends to educate and keep audience abreast of the latest trends in the world of videography and filmmaking.  Presently, she is associated with Video Caddy – a video editing service company that is engaged in video editing and animation. For more: https://www.videocaddy.com/

Drone and Quadcopter Photography

Quadcopter photography is used in a lot of different ways. Surveillance and firefighters employ it in situations hazardous to manned aircraft, and use is growing in the civilian commercial and private sectors. Cameras are mounted on the aircraft and quadcopters also have built-in equipment that can film in high definition.

Phantom 3

Using a quadcopter for aerial photography opens up a whole venue of new options for both commercial and personal uses. Quadcopters, a type of unmanned aerial vehicle, are maneuverable enough to allow for photos and videos that have been out of reach for the hobbiest before now.

Since quadcopters are quite versatile, and they can be used to very creative effects in many different ways. You are only limited by your financial budget and how good your piloting skills are. For cost, there are increasingly more budget-friendly quadcopters available, and as demand continues to grow, there will be even more inexpensive options available for public purchasing. Here are some reviews of the latest quadcopters on the market today. www.dronereview.followthisdrone.com

Learning how to fly the quadcopter, however, is a matter that can only be solved through practice. Buy cheaper models, which may or may not come with cameras, to practice your flying skills. The turning of the craft is perhaps the most difficult part of flying these crafts, and you will crash a few times. Always be sure to follow safety rules and common sense when flying. I used this 10-day regimen to acquire some skills before moving on to an expensive quadcopter and am glad I did

The commercial implications are very promising, as audiences are always eager for the beautiful vantage points that aerial photography can bring. The best thing about this method is it can be used directly in commercial endeavors, or it can be used to merely increase traffic to websites, blogs, or social media outlets. If you are going to use quadcopter photography for commercial purposes, however, you do need special licenses that will vary upon your location and what type of quadcopter you purchase.

Quadcopter photography can suffer from the vibrations and shakiness of flight, but as you grow more adept at piloting your craft these vibrations will decrease. There are also certain technologies, such as brushless stabilizing gimbals, that help to significantly minimize the effects of flight. Special permissions are also necessary if you plan to fly and film at night, as there are special hazards that come with night time use of an unmanned aerial vehicle.

First Person View (FPV) photography is a very useful way to do your photography. The real-time streaming from your quadcopter’s camera to a viewing device near you allows you to see exactly what it is you are taking a photo or video of. There are also some suggestions that with the FPV you no longer have to keep the quadcopter in your sight, as you can see what the aircraft itself is “seeing,” but caution should always be used.

Quadcopter photography is a exploding in many areas of use in nearly all walks of life. Whether you are looking to use private or commercial use, a quadcopter can provide stunning photography and it’s a really fun way to turn a hobby into some extra cash or even a full-time career.

Update

Follow this Drone originally began as a website to document my journey as a new drone pilot. My learning curve, experience, and some of the video and photographing that I’ve done in the process. Initially, I got interested in drones as a way to enhance my travel articles and provide unique angles and images for publications. You can read some of my travel articles here: www.jedvaughn.com

Since then, I have ventured into various aspects of flying drones and making some extra cash. I’ve done drone mapping, roof inspections, real estate, promotional videos for resorts & golf courses, and of course documented a lot of my travel experiences.

As of yet, I haven’t really developed a blog and posted on a regular basis. That is something that I’m drawn to start doing at this time. Even though much of my journey is documented and available here on the site, I haven’t structured it in such a way as to attract an audience of interested and like-minded people. Please feel free to subscribe to opt-in for the site and you will automatically receive new posts.

In two weeks I will be on a Schooner Zodiac cruise in the San Juan Islands north of Seattle. I will be writing 3 articles on the press trip and will be utilizing the drone at every opportunity. We will be hitting 6 lighthouse stations over a period of 3 nights and 4 days. I’ll be aboard a 160 foot vessel that has been fully restored and is the oldest Tallship on the West Coast. Hoping for great sailing weather, not only for the experience, but also for the opportunities to fly the Phantom 3.
Stay tuned or opt-in to see some of my photos and hear about the experience.

If you’re new to my site, please check out some of my older posts and take a peek at where I started. Have an awesome week!

Jed Vaughn… Follow This Drone!

A Day at The Beach

Flying the drone for fun and practice is an ongoing process. Whatever your skill level, or equipment, it’s always fun and interesting when your playing or learning. I used Justin Edwards Droneabove blog site and learning program to get started and internalize the basics of the remote control and how to apply it the quadcopter. I’m glad I took the advice of learning with a small toy model before investing in the phantom.

This is little video I recently put together from flying the Phantom at the beach here on Isla de la Piedra. The skies were cloudy but I love the reflection in the surf on some of the footage. part of this is clipped from a “point of interest” flight, the rest is just cruising around having fun. The still it opens with is one of my favorite sunsets and was taken a few days before this flight.

Day at the Beach

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Equipment overview (This changes fast, so feel free to contact me if you need further guidance)
How much you can expect to earn
Many potential areas to apply drone photography
How to get your first customer
Tips on marketing your business
Tips on starting a website and blog
How to improve your flying skills
Safety tips
My thoughts on the current FAA regulations
Tips and tricks for editing photos and videos for free
Other ways to make money with your aerial photos and videos
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Drone Photography Tips & Techniques

Drone Photography Tips and Techniques

by DroneAbove

A comprehensive guide to drone aerial photography and video. Learn the methods and techniques necessary for filming real estate, action sports, landscapes, dynamic subjects and more. Learn how to maximize your drones potential and start getting the shots everyone wants to see. From the creator of DroneAbove.com.

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