You need to make on your controller to replicate them and stick around to the end of the video, because the last one is my favorite drone move and it always gives the most cinematic shots. Let’S jump right in so in this video i’m going to go through the five drone moves and how you can do them with the controller, the inputs you need to make in the sticks, to get beautiful, cinematic shots every time you go out flying and it’s worth Noting that i’m not going to go through the real basic shots, the real basic drone moves that everyone knows because there’s no point you already know them. These are some slightly more advanced ones or unique ones that i use when i’m out. Flying now before i jump in, i just want to say if you learned something new, please hit that like button and if you’re new around here and haven’t subscribed, and you like drone related videos, hit that subscribe button and make sure the notification bell is on i’ll. Not keep you any further let’s look at move number one. So the first move is something i call a slow orbit now. A orbit is a standard move that most people know how to make. If they’re drawn, you can actually do it through quick shots using circles and the way this works is, you would basically just rotate around an object or rotate around a point of interest, but something i call a slow orbit.
This is a move that i think just adds a more cinematic edge over a standard orbit and what makes it a slow orbit. Is you rotate round an object, but you pan slower so almost looks like the camera’s being a little bit lazy and that you’re? Never quite getting the object in the center of the frame, so one of the things i like to do when i’m, trying to make a cinematic shot is get parallax and what parallax is is where you have a foreground and background moving at different speeds, and you Get a sense off depth with an orbit, because your distance from the camera to the object never really changes. Your depth of field, never really changes, and you really get that parallax with a slow orbit, because you’re panning slower your distance between the object. Your point of interest and the camera is changing and you do get that parallax here’s an example here of a slow orbit that i took you just get this real sense of depth of scale it’s, a really good cinematic move that i like to make. So how do we do this? Well, if you were doing a standard orbit on the left, stick you’d either push left or right to start the drone moving left or right and then on the right stack you’d also either go left or right in the same direction. Your drone is moving, so if your left stick is left, your right stick is left, and this will generally give you an orbit shot.
You can obviously do this with quick shots, as mentioned, and the drone will do it for you. What you want to do with the controller, if you want to do a slow orbit, is again push left or right on the left. Stick to make your drone move left or right and again on the right stack, push left or right in the direction your drone’s flying. So again, if your left stick’s left your right, stick’s left but use much smaller inputs on the right stick. So you just just want to move it slightly left or slightly right, and what that does is, instead of giving you a quick pan, keeping the object in the center of the frame. This gives you a slower pan, and by doing this, you get this slow orbit and it’s one of my favorite shots. One of my go to’s it’s one of the first shots. I always do when i might one of one of the first moves. I do when i’m out it just gives you a really nice cinematic shot that’s a little bit different than what everyone else is doing. The second is one: i call follow the age off the subject. This one’s hard to be generic with because it very much depends on where you’re flying i do a lot of coastal flying. I fly a lot round the coast so i’m just going to explain it in terms of that so you’ll understand and then can apply it to wherever you’re out flying so a show i like to do or a move i like to do.
That is completely different to what everyone else is doing and gives just amazing shots is to follow the edge off your subject. So, in my case, let’s say i’m out flying around the coast and i’m out flying next to a cliffhage. What i will do is i will follow the drone next to that clefade. So if the clefair just goes around in an arc, i will fly that drone next to the clef edge and bring the drone round and an arc. If the clef edge was waving in a night, then i will weave the drone in and out with the clef edge. So why do we do this? One of the coolest looking shots, i think you can get with drones – is when you’re really close to an object, because it just gives you this sense that you’re doing something slightly more risky. It gives the shot just more dynamics, and it just makes the shot. Look more professional because for you to be flying that close to an object, you have to be good with your drawing and so a lot of people don’t. Do it a lot of people say it’s, quite risky, and so you don’t see that many shots like that, and it just gives your shot the age and also because you’ve got something next to the camera. It just gives, like i say, a dynamic field of the shot that you just can’t, really get with any other moves.
So how do we do this well it’s, less about the inputs you make on the controller and more about finding the perfect location to do it because there’s some areas, you just can’t, fly close to the object. You know either because it’s completely unsafe to do so or because it just requires too much skill to do it and there’s too much risk involved. But i like to do it around clef ages, because there’s not that much rescue. If there’s an issue, you can fly away from the clef or you can just fly up over the cliff and then what i do is i bring my drone down and i align it next to the clef edge. It works easiest. If you can see the contour that the clef edge is going to make and then what i do is i end sunny mode, usually it’s, one of the only times i really use sunny mode. I spoke about it before i have a gimbal settings video, so you want to learn how to set up your gimbal for the best shots click. The link above i rarely use any mode because i just think it’s, not quick enough and the higher you go. The quicker you need your drone to move to get good shots, but in this instance i actually do use any mode, because, if you’re flying along next to a clef edge, you just need that little bit more precision. So you need the drone to go a little bit sore.
You can always speed up in post and then what i do is i just follow the contour off that clef edge and you can see from these shots i’m showing you. It just gives a super dynamic. Super cinematic shot and you should definitely try it next time you go out flying the third is to fly up and gamble. So by flying up i mean you fly the drone up, that’s relatively straightforward, and then by gimbo i mean you make a gimbal move. So you either rotate the gimbal dime or you rotate the gimbal up there’s, two versions of this i usually find best. The first is: if you fly up, you gamble down. So, as you go up, your gimbal is pointing down at the object or, if you want to do it in reverse, you can lower the drone so descend the drone and gimble up. So how do we do this? Well, using the left? Stick we either push up or down and that will either bring the drone up or bring the drone down, and then we use the gimbal wheel at the back of the controller to move the gimbal up and down. And yes, you might say this is quite a basic drone move and you’re right. It is, but sometimes some of the more basic drone moves, give some of the best shots and that’s, because it’s moves you just can’t achieve with anything other than a drone, and so, if you’re out, fine you’re drawing you might as well use them moves and the Fourth, one follows in the same: vm it’s a top down shot.
So the reason i include a top down shot is for the same reason. I always include a move up and gimbal it’s, because you just can’t achieve a top down shot using any other method. Other than a drone and that you’re going to go out and hire a helicopter and spend loads and loads of money. You just can’t get a top down shot and it’s a really unique perspective to flying drones. Now here’s my tips when it comes to top down shots because, as mentioned start, this video, i don’t, want to just give you generic advice that everyone already knows. I want you to be able to use these pieces of advice to go out to get much improved. Cinematic shots and my piece of advice when it comes to top down shots is not every location suits. A top lane show i do a lot of flying in coastal areas, countryside areas and a lot of countryside areas aren’t exciting enough for a top down shot. A lot of times when you see top down shots in cities in crowded areas or when there’s a really good point of interest and that’s, because it’s a unique perspective, like i say you just can’t, get other in the tubbing shot, but there’s a lot going on. That fills the top down shot. If i went out – and there was just a small point of interest in a field and i’d done – a top down shot, the majority of the shot would be a field and that’s just not exciting.
So the best piece of advice i can give whenever you’re going out, shooting top down shots is make sure you find great locations. So, for example, i went out to a local area to a four it’s a circle fort. It looks really cool and i immediately knew that a top down shot would look amazing because there’s just a unique perspective of this four and therefore it’s a perfect circle, and i just knew that looking straight down on it, would give a fantastic shot. This one’s really really straightforward to do. You just fly your drone above the object, and you point your gimbal straight down using the gimbal wheel on the back of the controller, and then you can either take videos or you can take photos so for photos. It’S very straightforward: you just take a photo for videos. You obviously want to add some movement, so what i would either do is, i would either slowly descend so your top down shots, slowly, zooming in or slowly rotate, and that will give you movement and dynamics to your shot. And now for my last move and my personal favorite it’s, a push forward decline now i’m going to first explain how this move works and then i’m going to show you how you can add a slight element of risk. Maybe a slight element of jeopardy to make this shot super cinematic and much much better. So what i mean by a push forward decline? Well, it’s, exactly how it sounds.
You push forward with the drone and you also descend you decline. So your shot – or your move, looks like this, so why do i think this is one of the best moves you can make with your drone? Well, it includes the two things i think are the most important when you’re making drone moves. I’Ve mentioned them before the first is parallax, so you want a sense of depth and a sense of scale which parallax gives and it gives dynamics. I always talk about dynamics with the shots. You need movement, you need a bit of action for lack of a better word in your shot, otherwise it’s just not exciting enough it’s, just not enough to keep people watching and by doing a push forward decline. You get that parallax and you get them dynamics. So this can work anywhere, you can be in any location, you can be at any height and you can do a push forward decline. You could be over a beach and you could push forward decline or you could be focusing on on a point of interest or an object, and you could push forward decline towards it. I’Ll just briefly mention to you one of the most important things when doing shots. Like this and moving at quite a high speed, is that you’ve got your nd filter on you can see here. I actually always have the nd filters on my drone. I never really take it off and there’s a link in the description to where i got these on amazon.
If you want to pick them up, i highly recommend it and the reason you do that is so that you can keep your shutter speed down and get motion blur, which is super super important when you’re doing a move with lots of movement in it. If you don’t have that motion blur your shots, look stuttery, they don’t look very good. You just need motion blur if you’re going for that full cinematic look, so i recommend picking up a set of nd filters and that way you can keep the shutter speed down and have motion blur. So the way you do a push forward to climb is quite simple on the right stack you push forward and that will start your drone moving forward. Although i must say you usually don’t want to go forward at full speed, so small inputs in the right stick forward to to start your drone moving forward. Slowly and then you pull down on the left. Stick to start your drone descending. So down on the left. Stick forward on the right stick and that will do a push forward decline and, like i say subtle, movements on the sticks are important. Now i mentioned when i started talking about this move. If you want to add an element of rest to it to get better shots, i recommend what you do. Is you push forward decline either through an object, so you can see here in this shot. What i’ve done is i push forward decline through an archway or you push forward decline towards the point of interest and you actually skim over the top of it halfway through the move or you fly over the top off it, and this just adds.
This just adds an element of professionalism to your shot, like i said earlier in the video, if you do things that a lot of pilots don’t do because it requires scale that means you’re getting shots that a lot of people won’t get. So your shots stand out, and people just know when you look at a drone shot, you can tell that the required skill to take that shot and that just elevates your shot to an entire new level. Now, if you’re doing this, obviously be careful if you’re flying through an object, make sure your drone can fit something that i find happens quite a lot with the dji mini 2. Is it does wonder a wee bit left and right so i’ve discovered that says if i put my drone in the middle of say that archway i showed you in the shot and then i fly straight back and up when i then go to fly forward and Back down, i’ll find i’m no longer centered on that object. So what i find is you actually have to use the left. Stick left and right, two make sure your drawing is centered on the object as you fly through it. So you need to be careful when doing that, and also, if you’re skimming over the top of an object like i’ve shown, you make sure you’re high enough that you’re not going to head it. What i find with the dji mini 2, is you actually don’t need to be super super close to the object you’re flying over to give that sense that you are actually really close, so just be careful and keep that in mind when you’re flying over it.
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