Today’s Image: Combine harvester gathers the wheat at sunset. This image is by Vlad_star and it’s available on ThemeKeeper Elements.
In this lesson we’re going to take a look back at what we’ve covered so far in our drone production tutorial series, and recap a few key points you should remember when flying, as well as a few extra tips to use while flying. You can also download the Extra Drone Tips PDF in the project files which has links to everything mentioned.
The growth for potential drone uses has been unlike any other in recent memory, not only in the video sector, but in the entire technology sector as well. This means that there a new uses for drones being discovered almost daily. We are going to look at a few that relate to photo and video services, some of which could open up your existing production services to new markets.
Even if you are just going to be flying your drone recreationally, it is a good idea to acquire aviation liability insurance in case your drone is in an accident causing damage to a person or property. I should also note that traditional liability insurance does not cover drones.
Just like a vehicle on the road, drones are exposed to the outdoor elements and will begin to get buildup that will need to be cleaned. Unlike a vehicle on the road, drones fly pretty high in the sky, meaning ice and condensation can infiltrate and take a toll on your electronics.
When you first open the DJI GO app you will see four different tabs located at the bottom of the screen. Equipment is the tab you will use to connect directly with your drone.
The settings on your drone’s camera are easy to overlook, but they play a crucial part in how good your footage turns out and the overall quality of your project. No matter how good your film location is, if the camera settings are not set up properly, your footage is going to suffer.
Often you may not have a choice when you are going to film something, just because shoots are often setup far in advance and have many unpredictable factors involved. However if you do have a choice, by far the best hours for cinematic drone imagery are the Golden Hours of the day at Sunrise and Sunset. The long shadows during golden hour will help define terrains features.
Weather Conditions Permitting. You’re all set to get shooting, drone batteries charged and loaded, good to go, only, too bad, it’s raining and a bit windy. What do you do? Nothing, you’re no going anywhere.
5 Essential Aerial Video Shot Rules. Let’s start by going over some basic aerial shooting rules that should be applied to all of these shooting techniques.
When it comes to drone camera options, you are going to want to pick a drone that offers the best camera focal length for your project.
In this tutorial we’ll cover the essential technical stuff you need to know to fly a drone. Knowing the technical specifications of your drone is important because, in order to get great shots, you have to fully understand what your gear can—and really can’t—do.
It is a great idea to have multiple checklists to run through before a scheduled drone shoot. I have six different checklists that I run through before every shoot. (You can also download all of the checklists from this lesson in the project file.) Three of the checklists I use are ‘Advanced Preparation Checklists’ and three are ‘Day Of Checklists’.
Do you have to have aerial video or aerial photos? If your answer is yes, then an unmanned aerial vehicle might be a good option. They are a low-cost and effective way to get the shots you need, especially if you are on a budget for a short film, a promotional video, or real estate job.