Enhancing you travel experience by capturing it in photographs is now common place, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones like the iPhone. But capturing the same experience from above adds another dimension that is a rather recent possibility thanks to drones like the DJI Phantom 4. Here, we’re going to go even farther and suggest that you film your travels, with the same Phantom quadcopter. Here are a few tips for getting started with drone videography on your travels!
Keep your distance
If you’ve already gotten used to flying a drone you’ll be well aware of this first rule, but it’s worth repeating as it is easy to get carried away when capturing beautiful aerial footage: Always stay away from people, pets, cars and buildings when flying. This will eventually become second nature as you get more experienced shooting.
Read up on rules and regulations
Rules and regulations for drone use can vary widely between countries and states, and even cities. When travelling with a UAV, your first step should be to read up on guidelines in your selected location.
Slow shots set the stage
In many cases, the best effect is achieved when flying slowly while filming to let the viewer take in the scene fully. Try starting off close to your subject and then slowly rise to unveil the entire vista.
Use speed to add excitement
Sudden bursts of speed and quick cuts serve to add feeling and excitement to your film when used tastefully and in moderation. Try the Phantom 4’s Sport Mode for this!
Go beyond the helicopter
A drone lets everyone access perspectives that before only those who could rent helicopters were able to. But it does even more — thanks to the DJI Phantom’s small size and quiet operation, it can go places that helicopters never could, and it can get much closer and more personal. Take advantage of this when planning your shots!
Experiment with camera settings
Knowing your equipment well helps you achieve results that other pilots can’t. For example, one excellent trick is shooting your video in 30 frames per second, then slow it down to 24 when editing to create more suspense or a dreamy feel to your footage.
Start with a concept
Your finished film will be much more impactful for viewers if you have a story to tell. If you can’t come up with ideas for a full story, start off with a concept and collect related shots together. From there, a story might grow.
Plan out your shots
Once you have your story, plan locations and shots carefully before heading out. Even if you bring spares, a drone can generally fly no more than 30 minutes on a single charge, so preserving energy is of utmost importance for an aerial film maker.
That’s it, a few very basic yet very helpful ideas for getting started with drone film making. Check back for more advanced tips in the near future!