9 TIPS FOR USING YOUR DRONE AS A HANDHELD GIMBAL
We have tons of relatively affordable equipment that allows us to get really cool shots that were previously unimaginable, except for those within the realms of fairly high end tv and movie production. Obviously, your drone can take fantastic aerial photos and footage, but it can also be used pretty effectively on the ground as a three axis gimbal sure. If you’re flying a drone, then you will have a phone or a tablet to control that drone, but the chances are the camera on. Your drone is superior to that of your phone or tablet when it comes to matching the footage of your aerial work. With your groundwork, it’s going to be a whole lot easier if you’re matching footage from the same camera. Added to that, we have a three axis. Mechanical stabilized gimbal here on the drone by all means: go buy yourself, a mechanical gimbal for your phone, but that’s. Something else to carry, even if you do have the money for that and above all else, we just love getting the most out of any piece of gear. Do more with less is our motto so, with that in mind, let’s look at some tips to get you creating great ground footage, taking advantage of your drone’s gimbal stabilized footage: Music, hey folks, stuart carroll. Here this is the kind of stuff that gets me out of bed in the morning, taking a tool and using it for a purpose. It wasn’t really intended, but getting tremendous benefit.
As a result, alina and i just went out the other day and had a bit of fun – shooting some nice beauty shots with this mavic air 2s. I know it seems a bit ridiculous, but there are lots of scenarios where it would be useful to be able to just have the option of capturing those kind of shots with your drone, the phone that we use to control. This drone is an iphone 11 and the camera on this air 2s is far superior to the best camera available on this phone. We have a one inch sensor here and that compares with a one over two point: five five inch sensor on this iphone, not to mention the fact that we have genuine 10 bit filming here on this phone and on this iphone 11. We don’t so that alone is reason to use this over and above the phone added to that we have the mechanical stabilization of the gimbal. Now we have a gimbal here for this phone, as you can see, but it’s just one more thing to carry now. Of course, you have lots of options these days. We have this fantastic, big, ronin, sc, 2 gimbal. We have a gopro, we have 360 cameras tons of options, but it all costs money, and you know at the end of the day, there’s no point in buying stuff that you don’t need. Ultimately, this is a good option like a typical gimbal. The drone does a fantastic job of stabilizing the roll axis, so we maintain a level horizon when we’re yawing.
The drone also stabilizes that yawing motion, so everything is nice and smooth. But when we tilt the drone is designed to keep that camera pointed forwards, we don’t get a follow mode where the camera tilts up and down with the drone. So the first tip is to introduce that third axis by way of the gimbal wheel on your controller. So we can create some nice tilt down maneuvers we can tilt up as well. For that matter. It allows us to have the camera down nice and low and looking up at our subject, just like a normal 3 axis gimbal in terms of settings, make sure you enable the upward tilt option. Otherwise, the gimbal is going to hit a hard stop when it hits zero degrees and you’re not going to be able to take advantage of that range of motion. Given that our goal is to get the best possible cinematic footage from our gear, we do recommend you use nd filters to lower your shutter speed to allow you to get the motion blur the eyes custom to seeing when watching cinematic footage. Now, there’s a lot of confusion out there on that. Subject: i’m not going to cover it here we have definitive guides to the use of nd filters. Why? When and how you would use them, they’re, not essential, but they are certainly valuable. We have been using these free, well ones. Thank you, freewell for sending them very helpful indeed on this mavic air 2s, and it allows us to get that 150th second of a shutter for our real time footage or 100th.
Second of a shutter for our 50 frames per second footage. Speaking of frame rates, we love shooting at 50 frames per second and then slowing it down in post to 25 frames per second for a 50 slow motion effect. It makes people look cool, and that is the bottom line on that. One added to that any micro, jitters or just kind of user error from your stepping or walking is minimized because that’s all smoothed out a little bit as you slow. The footage down loyal followers of the channel will have spotted our new introduction it’s an exciting time. Yes, alina is back in front of the camera. She never went anywhere but she’s just been working behind the scenes with me, because it’s been very tough lately to get the two of us in front of the camera for one reason or another, the main reason, starting with c and ending in ovid. Anyway, things are moving forwards and we have a ton of great content already prepared that we will be releasing soon covering the entire spectrum of content creation from capturing your photos, your images, your footage through to delivering it by video editing, photo editing, etc, etc. 20 years of combined experience, drones gimbals any type of camera, video editing, we have you covered i’m, pretty pumped about it, it’s an exciting time, a bright and pleasant. Looking future. Yes, things are on the up experiment with your angles. You might be used to having the camera all the way up in the air.
Courtesy of your drone. Now you’ve got it down on the ground. Have that camera pointed up and lower the camera down? Look up at your subject. Make them look impressive, whether it’s a person or a building or a vehicle whatever it is play around with these options that are now available to you flying a drone close to things is difficult and dangerous, but now it’s not flying it’s. In your hand, you can get that drone as close to things as you want. It creates an added sense of motion when you’re close to things, because we have a foreground object. We have more depth in our shot now, actually, for this shot, we didn’t even use the drone as a handheld gimbal. We just sat it on the ground, focused about two meters away and had our subjects myself and elena walk past the drone, but the depth that’s created by being so close to the ground, even gives us some shallow depth of field. You would not know that was shot on a drone. In the same way, we teach you to look for leading lines when your camera is all the way up in the air, be it roads or rivers or whatever the case may be, do the same when you’re down on the ground, you probably have more options now, In this case, we’ve used the lines of the road for some dimension, or we use the bridge railings for some dimension. It carries the eye through the frame and turns that two dimensional image into three dimensional representation of the real world.
If you get relatively close to your subject and rotate around them, you get this tremendous parallax effects. Now we are shooting on a wide angle here: 22 millimeter equivalent and the effective aperture of this camera is fairly high. So shallow depth of field is a little bit tricky to achieve, but the motion of the background, swirling around your subject in the foreground, creates that really good three dimensional parallax effect. Now. Speaking of that wide angle, lens keep in mind that not everything looks good filmed on a wide angle. People in particular, you can get away with a kind of head and shoulders bust type framing on a person, but if you go in close to their face, you’re going to start to distort their features, not to worry. However, most of these drones shoot on 4k or above in the case of this mavic air 2s. You can crop and post if you need to so plan. Your shot accordingly stand back a little bit, so we don’t get that distortion on our subject’s face and if you want to just punch in in post and before you know it you’ve got a portrait lens on the ground. Courtesy of your drone. As an aside folks, we did a pretty heavy color grade on the log footage that came off this air2s and i know a lot of you are struggling with it. So we did a video on how to color grade any drone footage up to and including log footage, so do check that out to help you there and in case you didn’t, realize that the last 70 minutes of our eight hour, drone cinematography master class concerns video Editing we teach you concepts applicable across any software up to and including advanced color grading and color correction.