This is my first real drone for shooting high quality videos and, in that short time, ive captured some amazing footage and have learned about the benefits of drone use. Ive also learned a costly mistake that you dont want to make if you own a drone or considering buying one. If you want to learn more about what this is watch to the end of this video to find out a few months ago, i re energized a youtube channel that i started over nine years ago in 2012. The initial videos that i posted were mostly aerial videos that i filmed over the years when traveling and growing my skills as a pilot. What is great about filming in an airplane is the ability to bring an elevated birds eye view that is unique to flying. Many pilots enjoy giving rides to friends or taking photos and video to share the experience of flying. However, there are limitations to the style and content of video that you can create from an airplane that are more easily accomplished by using a drone. If youre new to this channel, my name is john and one of my passions is teaching as a flight instructor. I also like to produce videos about a small variety of things, including electric vehicles, diy projects flying and video production. If you enjoy any of these topics, please consider subscribing to support me in creating content and in building my community to a thousand subscribers and beyond.

In todays, video were going to talk about the dgi air2s drone that i purchased a month ago to add to the variety and flexibility of camera angles in my videos. Ill share four things that i learned as a new drone owner that i wish id understood better before owning and flying my drone. The first of these is how drone moves to capture video, knowing how to operate a drone and compose shots, helps to maximize efficiency when filming, which is important as the average flight time from a single battery is usually between 30 and 40 minutes. Basic movements of the drone are vertical thats up and down horizontal, which is side to side and front and back and rotating or spinning. In addition to this, the camera on a drone can move up or down to stay focused on a single subject or to travel across the scene. Now that i understood how the drone moves. The second thing that i learned was how to use drone movements to create various camera shots and what these add to the story. There are four main shots: the dolly the crane, panning and tracking that each provide a different purpose in storytelling. A dolly shot is typically done at a consistent height and has three main directions: pushing in or going towards a subject. Pulling out or moving away from a subject or following pushing into subject, draws a viewers attention to the focal point in a scene or story focusing on something that you want to share about that subject.

It generally creates more intimacy and more interest in that subject. As you continue to move in and focus on it, pulling out from the subject, reveals more about what the subject sees or the environment that the subject is in its really a context, shot that shows the subject in the context of the larger area or scene and The following shot shows the subject through the progression of a story or the movement from one point to another. In the story, the crane shot takes the viewer from a low point to a high point or the reverse, from high to low when moving from low to high the shot, focuses on a single subject or a small area and reveals a larger scene. This is great in transitioning, from one scene to another or to give the viewer a larger scope or perspective of the surrounding area. One great trick for revealing a scene is to start with a drone shooting an object in the foreground and then craning up or combining it with a dolly to reveal a much larger background or scene. This also can be done in reverse, to bring a viewer from a larger scene into a focused subject to end a transition or to move to another scene. Another type of movement involves panning or moving around in a scene. This simply involves rotating the drone from side to side, to move from one subject to another, to show the viewer more about a scene or to create movement within a panoramic shot.

Panning also includes tilting the camera up or down to track a subject or to reveal more about a scene. The last main shot involves tracking tracking can occur from a variety of viewpoints, but always involves following the movement of a subject. For example, a car or person from one place to another, this type of shot is useful when transitioning from one location to another or to use as a background for footage when talking about a subject or an idea. So far on my list, weve covered how a drone moves and how these movements add to the element of a story. That leads me to the third thing that i wish i had known before: buying and flying a drone, the operating rules i spent the first weekend after i had purchased a drone learning about airspace, altitude, crowd, restrictions, line of sight operations and the difference between recreational and Part 107 remote pilot operations in the us. Fortunately, i didnt break any rules before id learned them as a commercial pilot and flight instructor. I still did not have a good understanding of drone rules, but quickly worked to fix this by adding the remote pilot certificate. To my aviation experience, even if you only plan to fly your drone recreationally, i encourage you to learn the operating rules and regulations for your area before flying your drone to be safe and confident when operating this very useful piece of equipment. Now, for the last thing that i wish, i knew before flying my drone, the limitations of the drone, specifically as it relates to obstacle, detection and avoidance, while modern drones help with situational awareness through camera sensors that detect obstacles before crash.

These are not perfect, nor fail. Safe, my dji air 2s has up and down forward and back camera sensors that will stop the drone before it flies into an object. However, it does not have side sensors when using some of the automatic tracking modes found in the dji fly app. The drone can fly sideways in a scene that i was shooting for. My last video, i used an automatic tracking mode on the dji flyout in a field next to a row of very tall trees. While i thought that i had set the drone height above the tree line, my drone found the tallest tree, the 60 foot high pine near the edge of the field ouch after realizing that it was not possible to fly the drone out of the tree nor to Climb this very tall tree, i called a local tree service company that had a bucket crane truck tall enough to reach the drone. I was so thankful to get my drone back that i didnt even mind the hundred dollar fee for the service. I learned a good lesson through the embarrassment and extra cost to either establish a minimum altitude beforehand with the test flight before filming or to disable the side to side movement in the dji fly app before using automatic object tracking as a new drone owner im. Still, building skills that will help me be more efficient, and i hope that you found a few interesting points in this video that you can put to use to increase your flying confidence and storytelling.

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