With the prevalence of beautiful images captured by drones these days, chances are you’ll want to learn the essentials of capturing aerial cinematography yourself. Although drones are capable of capturing brilliant, awe-inspiring shots, those shots aren’t necessarily easy to attain.
For those who have already earned their wings, here is a list of shot ideas to try out the next time you fly.
2. High Pan
7. Super-dollysteadicams. For instance, have your subject moving towards the drone while the drone is flying backwards, leading the subject. While dollying back, have the drone raise up to reveal the surroundings in a spectacular fashion no crane could ever achieve. Similarly, use your drone for side to side trucking shots — only with no dolly track length limitations to inhibit your creativity!
Next time when you go to fly your drone, remember some of these shot ideas and try to incorporate them into your flight plan. Combine multiple shot types to create your own unique shot.
Devin is a freelance producer and director who has produced hundreds of television advertising and marketing campaigns for local and top television markets.