If you have a drone video camera but don’t know how to film professional-looking videos, watch these footage to get some ideas for basic and creative drone filming techniques.
Basic drone filming techniques
Whether filming a larger scene or a specific subject, drone videos can learn from the established practices in theater and video productions. Check the video below – other than flying over or circling around the scene/subject, there are some basic shots such as:
- Pan shot: camera moves from left to right or from right to left.
- Tracking shot or dolly shot: camera moves parallel to the subject.
- Pedestal shot: camera moves vertically parallel to the subject.
- Still shot: camera records action or activity; camera itself does not move.
Creative drone filming techniques
When we combine some basic shots and draw on the unique perspective of the drone video camera, we can produce a variety of creative shots. Let’s watch a few creative shots that are easy to implement but will sure add a professional touch to your drone video.
Use a foreground subject: find relevant objects to use in the foreground; for instance, when revealing a larger scene, start flying from behind a foreground subject.
Line of sight: camera moves straight forward or backward to reveal objects on both sides.
Start from the specific: start from a close shot of a subject then gradually reveal the scene.
The sample shots above are just tip of the iceberg – there are many people who have been doing creative and innovative work with drone video filming. For instance, check out the collection of fantastic drone videos by Sky-Hook; or take a look at the creative use of shots in the drone video below:
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