Capturing great footage with a drone can be a difficult process. You have to consider wind speed, weather, the battery life of your drone, and dozens of other countless possible interferences. Below you will find some videos that will teach you how to get the best footage out of a drone. You will learn about piloting drones, editing the footage, and some tips on how to avoid mistakes & capture great shots.
Shooting Drone Footage
In this video the drone pilots at Saint West Filmworks will teach you about capturing five different drone shots. You will learn more information about using Fly-By shots for transitions, as well. You will also get information about how to use reveal shots to establish your setting. The video will even cover some of the biggest problems you may face, while using a drone to capture footage.
The creators of the video blow take the time to touch on chasing your subject teaching you how to use speed ramping as an advantage. You will also learn about how pilots lock their height and then pan to capture shots.
Drone Piloting Tips
The next video is by drone pilot Sebastian Woeber. He takes you on a trip around Switzerland and then he discusses everything he learned while shooting and editing the footage. A lot of the basics will be covered like knowing where you are able to fly and what skills are required to fly a drone. He also covers the fact that you should never let anyone else fly your drone, because they really wont care if they crash.
Woeber will give you a breakdown about the drone and everything that it is capable of, while sharing some of his personal flying tips. You will learn how close you actually need to be to capture a great image. He also talks about natural lighting and how and where to place your drone when the sun is out.
Editing Drone Footage
In the second part of the series you will learn tips on editing your drone footage. Woeber shows just how hard it is to work with footage from a drone. He covers everything from the built-in drone cameras, as well as using GoPro cameras.
Color Grading Drone Footage
In the last part of the series you will discover how to color correct your footage and utilize color grading. You will see how Woeber uses techniques to work with the sun, as well. For instance, the drone footage is overexposed, so he took a shot of a lamplight and used it to replace the sun. The video goes into depth about this technique and how it can transform your drone footage into a quality video.
Drones are amazing and revolutionary film-making tools but require plenty of experience. Want to vastly increase the value of your projects? Follow the steps above and you should be well on your way to higher quality film projects. Let us know in the comments what you thought of the tips above and any important tips/tricks we failed to mention.