Taking Your Drone Footage to the Next Level
Drones can capture some pretty amazing shots – but to get them, you’ve got to know how.
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned professional at shooting your drone footage, you can always improve and move your shots up a gear; whether that be focusing on the right location or simply having a friend around to help you out.
Here at Uplift Drones, we’re all about helping you achieve the best experience you can with your drone, so here are five tips on how to take your drone footage to the next level.
Scout the flying area fully
This one is essential from both a better footage perspective but also for a safety aspect as well.
It’s vital to check for things such as power lines – which can be very difficult to see on the monitor once the drone is airborne – before you start flying.
Whether you’re flying your drone for the first time or even if you’ve flown your drone 100 times, flying a drone can be nerve-wracking.
Scouting the area fully can give you the peace of mind to know that you are not going to come across any unwanted mishaps; which in turn will settle those nerves and give you better-looking drone footage.
Plan your shots
Before you take off with your drone, make sure you plan out the different types of shots you want to take so not to waste limited juice.
By having a plan, you can get straight into your shots and you won’t be wasting any battery or time, but you’ll also not miss any shots – easy to do when the drone-flying adrenaline kicks in – as you’ve already planned ahead.
Once you’ve got the shots you have planned, you can now ‘freestyle’ with your shots, try a variety of different shots, different angles that you may not have thought of before. By adding these you may be able to give your drone footage that little bit extra that you may not have had, had you not pre-planned.
Have a spotter
If you are flying close to obstacles, such as water or trees, it can be a difficult task to keep an eye on both the drone and how your drone footage is looking.
By having a spotter, it allows you to focus on the footage and getting the perfect shot, while knowing that your drone is safe as your spotter is focused on the drone’s exact location and surroundings.
Don’t fly through all of your battery
If you fly to the very last bit of your battery, it is extremely easy to run into trouble.
If the battery runs out of power, the drone may not be able to ascend anymore and may fall into a slow descent – a real issue if you’re flying over an obstacle such as water.
It doesn’t matter how good the footage is – if the drone doesn’t come back, you aren’t going to be able to use the footage anyway!
Use ND Filters
ND filters should really be used with any camera when filming, but especially with your drone footage.
ND filters decrease the amount of light exposed to the sensor and help to avoid overexposure, which gives you more control of the camera’s aperture, exposure time and sensor sensitivity settings.
The neutral density filters also keep your shutter speed much lower, which helps counter-act the camera’s micro-vibrations.
If you are using a really high shutter speed, it can have a warping effect on your drone footage but by slowing the shutter speed down, this removes the micro jitter and movement – giving you pristine, cinematic footage.
We have a range of ND filters available to purchase, including:
If you’re not sure which filters are the best option for you, or have any questions relating to ND filters and our products, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0330 111 8800. We’re open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm.
Now you know how to take your shots to the next level, what are you waiting for?
Head out, live your best life and capture some epic drone footage!