So theres going to be a few tips that are drone specific. However, the majority of these tips can be used with any drone to get you better looking footage. The first is time of day, so when i was out flying the dji mavic 3 for the launch video i shot all over alaska and all over utah. However, the majority of what i was shooting was early in the morning and pretty close to sunset when the sun is lower in the sky, youre going to get longer shadows and youre going to get more color out of the scenes that youre filming in. If the suns right overhead, then youre going to be just blasting your scene with light and its not going to look as good as when the sun is low in the sky, and you get these really dramatic. Looking landscapes with these shadows that stretch the big part of shooting, sunrise and sunset and golden hour, is not only color, but also contrast. So your footage will have this mix of brightness and darkness that has this quality that just feels more dramatic, more professional and thats. One thing i want to touch on before moving into the next tip, and that is the purpose of getting cinematic looking footage is to shoot footage that looks like something youd see in the movies. The goal is to have this professional filmic look and if you dont care about that look, then these tips wont matter that much.

But if youre someone who is working with clients – or you just want to have footage that looks good and has more of this filmic quality, then these tips are going to help you achieve that. The second thing you want to think about is how youre moving your drone through space. Now you could just fly the drone in one direction but oftentimes when you put two directionalities or three directionalities together. It creates interesting motion, thats visually appealing. So what i mean by this is something as simple as an orbit: youre moving in a directionality left or right, but youre also panning, and that causes you to circle around your subject. So thinking through different ways that you can combine movements, whether its forward backwards left to right and then also panning, moving up into the sky, bringing it down and also thinking about how the camera is tilting from low to high or high to low. You want to try different combinations of these with the different shots that youre creating. Now, if you want a more detailed guide on drone movements, i put together an entire video of a hundred plus drone movements that you can use in your footage and ill link to that down below in the description, so that you can check that out. After this video, so the next thing you want to think about is your speed, theres two things that you want to do with your drone to create cinematic.

Looking footage, one is fly, super slow, super dramatic, just getting these really subtle movements. If you watch movies a lot of times, theres always a little bit of subtle movement, and that helps make something a little bit more dramatic. Now on the other side of the spectrum is super fast. One advantage of the dji mavic 3 is that it can fly 46 miles per hour, so use that to your advantage and fly at 46 miles per hour now. I only suggest you do this if youre more of an advanced pilot, because if youre flying at that speed, you have to have it in sport mode and when you put in sport mode youre not going to have any obstacle avoidance. So if a tree is in your way, youre going to hit that tree, but flying at max speed is going to allow you to chase faster subjects and help. You create more of a sense of motion throughout your footage, but, as i said earlier, you also want to play with slow subtle movements. Go back and forth its. Never a one size fits all kind of situation when you want to get good. Looking footage you want to have a mix, and you want to have a variety so when youre working at fast speeds, something that youll want to think about adding on is an nd filter. Now i did another video where i broke down the importance of nd filters and how they really dont matter most the time when youre flying a drone, but where they do matter most is when youre flying fast and low to the ground.

So when youre flying in this way, youre gon na see a lot of motion blur and you can see when i freeze the frame here. Everything is blurred around my subject, but my subject is clear: this is something that you can only achieve by using nd filters and motion. Blur is something that you see in professional work, its something that youll see in cinematic looking footage. So if you want to achieve this, look, you need to add an nd filter and shoot at double that of your frame rate. So i typically shoot at 30 frames per second, which i know for some is kind of a controversial subject, because people say you have to shoot 24 frames per second, but i actually am on the fence. I like the look of 30, especially when youre watching content here on youtube. Obviously, 24 is the standard for cinema, so we can go back and forth on that. I did do a video that shows the difference again. Ill include that in the description, but when you want to get this motion blur, you want to shoot at double that of your frame rate, so im shooting at 30 frames per second, and my shutter speed is going to be at 1 60th if youre shooting at 24 frames per second, your shutter speed would be at 150th. Now. The beauty of this drone is that you have an aperture, so you can close down to an f11 and you might not need an nd filter.

However, if youre shooting in bright sunlight, youre shooting in situations where you are in the middle of the day – and you want to get that sense of motion blur well youre – going to need an nd filter to be able to cut down the light so that you Can shoot it double that of your frame rate and when you do that, everything in motion is going to blur and if youre, following a subject, that subject is going to be clear if you keep them in the same position in your frame while youre following them. So another thing that you want to do is use slow motion to your advantage. So, as i said earlier, you want slow subtle motion and with that you dont want to have any sort of jerky motion in your footage to get that cinematic. Look now a good way to avoid the jerkiness is to use slow motion. So if youre using this camera in 5k, you have access to 50 frames per second, but if youre shooting in 4k, you have 120 frames per second, and when you shoot in 50 or 120 or even 200, when you bump into 1080, you can hide a lot Of little bumps and jitters and anything that might come up when youre flying also when youre shooting slow motion its going to create a more dynamic feel, especially when youre working with fast subjects and theres a lot of movement throughout your frame.

So another thing thats going to help you get better. Looking footage is shoot in manual settings and the reason for this is you dont want to have your lighting fluctuate, so you dont want to have your image, pulsing bright and then dark and then bright again, and then you also dont want to have your colors fluctuate. So if you have auto white balance on it might go more blue or more yellow and back and forth, and so you want to make sure that youre shooting in manual settings and lock in your exposure and your white balance its just going to make it a Lot easier in editing, because then youre not going to have to cut around any time where your camera is fluctuating. The next thing is, you want to tell a story with your footage, so theres, two aspects to this shot size shot sequencing. So when youre up flying, you dont want to just put the drone up and just get wide shots. You dont want to just go into the sky and just shoot in different angles, but just kind of these big broad landscapes. Those are great to get on a drone, but you want to try to sequence something out to be able to tell a story and when you are able to tell a story, your footage is instantly going to feel more cinematic because, if theres, some sort of progression, Something moving through your frame, its going to feel a lot more thought out and someones going to follow that storyline.

So take this, for example, we were in this really cool landscape in utah, instead of shooting just a bunch of visuals of the bizarre scene. That was in front of us. I shot a sequence where we are actually interacting with that scene, and so, when i cut this together, i can use this in a video and it actually feels like were moving towards something. So we start in one area were working. Our way through this landscape and then theres, the big reveal, where were all on top of this peak in this crazy space, and you dont, have to do big story lines. It could be something simple as just moving from point a to point b, but you want to try to have some sort of progression with a reveal at the end and that could cut together to be a cool little sequence that you can add in your videos And with this, you want to change up your shot, so youre not always shooting just a wide with like the horizon somewhere in the distance. You want to shoot close where you fill the frame, maybe from up above looking straight down. Drones are one of the only tools that allows you to get up and get that shot, and then you also want to get the you know standard shots that you see, drone moves where the horizons in the distance – and you see some foreground and some sky vary Up your shots play around with different framings and different angles and where youre positioning your camera, so a big thing with the dji mavic 3 is the bit rate.

You have 10 bit footage if youre shooting in h.264, its 200 megabits per second, which gives you more ability to color grade, and if you went for the cine version. Well, you have apple prores, which is going to give you a lot of flexibility for color grading. Now the drone that i have is just the regular mavic 3.. I didnt get the cine version and its more than enough to create cinematic looking footage. So when it comes to color grading, youre going to want to shoot and log thats going to preserve the most amount of dynamic range and with the bitrate, your image isnt going to break apart when you start color grading now, when you bring this log footage into Your software youre going to want to create contrast, youre going to want to add saturation and then youre going to want to add a look on top of that, and you can either create your own luts. If you really want to dive into color grading or you can buy different luts and you can add them onto your footage – and this will help – you create a stylized look now ill include a playlist in the description thats all of my color grading videos. So if you want to dive into how to color grade, i have a bunch of videos of that on my channel and also i do have a set of drone loads that i created specifically for footage like this, where you can just add these.

On. With a few different tweaks – and you can get some good looking footage ill include links to where you can download those luts down below in the description as well. So a big thing with the dji mavic 3 is the aperture. You can go from an f 2.8 to an f11 now using that f11 can create some cool, looks when youre shooting a bright light source like the sun. So when you have the sun in your frame, it will create this starburst. Look when you stop down your camera to an f11, and this is something thats going to make your footage stand out from other drone footage, because most drones have a fixed aperture and when you shoot the sun, it just becomes like a glowing blob in the sky. Whereas when you shoot at an f11, it actually creates this texture, and this look that is pleasing to the eye and is good to have in your frame. So use this to your advantage. Stop down to f11 and put the sun somewhere in your frame and get this starburst look now another way to get good. Looking footage is to find textures and patterns, and drones are really good for this, because you can fly high in the sky and you can see parts of the earth that you cant see. You know standing down here and so take advantage of this fly up in the sky and point your drone down or at an arc and see if you can find different, textures or patterns, its a cool thing to be able to add into your videos.

And when you combine this with shooting at sunrise or sunset, youll get a lot of this contrast, and these dramatic shadows, which gives you this texture. The next thing you want to do is create depth, try to find scenes where you can have multiple layers, and what i mean by that is you have something foregrounded, but then you also have something in the background and depending on where youre shooting you could extend This further and further, when i was in utah, i had these epic landscapes, but what makes it even more dramatic is putting something foregrounded where you can see the different layers in the distance. You can see the jeeps and us standing on the cliff. You can see the textures of the ground below and you can see the mountains in the distance with the sunrise. Having all of these layers creates a more dynamic, looking shot and ultimately is more cinematic. You put this with a slow subtle movement. Maybe add the sun. In your frame with a starburst and you get a pretty epic looking shot thats hard to achieve with most cameras but is easily achievable with the drone. Now, like. I said earlier theres a bunch of videos down below in the description that jump off from the different topics we just talked about, but next i highly suggest you check out this video right here. It goes through a drone beginners guide for those of you who are new to flying and theres a ton of info on how to get better.