Aerial shot is the new buzzword in the current digital era. You’ll find ample of amateur or semi-pro still photographer jumping into aerial videography. Here, not just top notch event management companies but ordinary wedding photographers and gadget savvy geeks will also rush to purchase. However, by just buying affordable drones out of the many available brands, you can't learn all about these tricky gadgets that are otherwise known as quad-copters or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). So to keep you aware, we are providing a couple of guidelines, drone videography solutions and everything else that you need to know about owning and flying a drone.
One of the most important things to keep in mind before you go ahead with the drone videography is, you need to keep yourself updated about all the laws and rules regarding the same. In India, drone operations are restricted to the day and within visual line of sight. Along with that, foreigners are not allowed to fly a drone in India, but they can lease the drone to an Indian entity who in turn will have to obtain a UIN and UAOP from DGCA. To fly a drone, you need a license.
Go easy on yourself
Buying a simple, easy-to-fly model is the right thing to do if you are a newbie in the world of drones. Don’t spend for fun: It is an essential point to consider if you are planning to buy your very first drone. It is better to start with something cheap as any mishaps during your practices won’t cost you a fortune. So with the lower-priced models, you can master the hovering gadget and then opt for an aerial cinematography drone. Initially while practicing you might have to put in lots of flight time, so it would be a smart decision to buy lots of spare batteries.
Arguably, the most significant difference between flying your drone in cold and moderate temperatures is the toll it takes on the flight battery. Most consumer drones rely on lithium-ion polymer (LiPo) batteries for power. As these batteries get colder, their chemical activity gets affected which reduces flight time and increases the likelihood of power, system, and sensor failure.
Sky’s the Limit
Although aerial shooting has dropped all the barriers for the security reasons and other precautionary measures, this field has a couple of limitations. Here we are talking about the Drone Registration and other regulations that come with drone shooting. Those who are new to this concept, let us remind you that specific rules and regulations around the world have been put in place for flying hovering gadgets.
In India, additionally, you will need to follow these rules. Fly the drone at or below 400 feet, keep it in sight, don’t fly near the airports, don’t fly over the group of people, stadiums or sports event, don’t fly near an emergency response effort like an event of a fire, never fly under an influence and be completely aware of the airspace requirements. If you keep these rules in mind, flying a drone won’t be an issue in India.
Plan your Shots
Be it any video (apart from a live stream) you always plan your shots in advance. Drone videography is no different. It is better to perform a recce of your locations and thinking in a drone perspective in regards to the shots that you might want to capture. Things like angles, position of the sun, direction of the wind matter while drone videography. Thinking about the final edited video will help you capture better shots.
Calibration of the Drone
This is like a thumb rule to follow before your drone takes off. You want to make sure that the gimbals of your device is correctly calibrated. Otherwise, many times it happens that the horizon line is slightly off and it kills the whole mood of the movie. Also, you need to check the batteries and card capacity of the drone before starting to shoot.
Shoot in 4K
Yes, editing 4K videos are a painfully slow task especially if your editing device is slow. However, it will make much difference if you shoot your video in 4K and later edit it into 1080p. 4K will give you more room to tweak the video. You can zoom in without losing the quality or crop the edges out if something is ruining the shot. Shooting in 4Kis worth the effort.
Drones can fly quite fast. Moreover, it is a common mistake to fly it fast while shooting. However, do you know, all those cinematic shots that you see on a great movie shot though drone is taken at a slow flying speed? Another benefit of flying slowly is you can get a Slo-Mo effect without editing the film. Not to mention the smaller risk of crashing and damaging your drone. The only time you want to fly fast is when you have a wide opening, and everything is far away from your site. If you fly slowly in this case, it will feel like you are standing still or barely moving at all.
Get Extra Footage
This is something you need to do all the time, no matter what type of video you are shooting. However, when it comes to shooting from a drone, having extra footage in hand to play around matters a lot. If you are a newbie, it will help you while editing. Roughly, for a 5-10 min of the final product, you need footage worth an hour. As you master the tools better, you will get better shots and require less of them. However, to start with, it is best to take extra shots. Also, if you want, you can use them somewhere else as well.
There are still a few more tips that can help you shoot better. Some of them require experience, and some need professional guidance. But we hope these tips will help you shoot better through your drone and make the most of it.