Shoot Cinematic Drone Footage Like A Pro with 7 Shots
Essentially, there are seven drone shots that you want to get with anything. You film, with drones, to make sure you have enough video to make a nice compelling story and to capture everything you need so lets get started: Music, hey! My name is jake and i create content here to help solo creators on the go. So i do lots of drone camera lens reviews and tips and tutorials how to use them if thats something interests. You consider subscribing today im out here with these ice climbers, who are going to be climbing film climbing this iceberg. We float in helicopters, so we also did some air air photography with them, which is always lots of fun, and i want to walk you through the seven types of drone shots that i always make sure i get so that i can put together a good compelling Story using the drone shots uh for something like this, and i want to take you along on the whole process with me. Basically, from start to finish so theyre getting suited up, we need to get ready to go, get the mavic 3 in the air and start flying so the first two shots you want to get are two high wide establishing shots. These are shots from way far out. So you can show the entire area everything thats surrounding good gosh, that wind is cold, but you want to establish where you are and where your characters or your your subjects are in that location, so were gon na get two really high and wide shots, and you Also need to consider movement.
Adding movement is always great, its a little harder with the high and wide shots to get a lot of good movement, like you see with the drone, and everything is moving around a lot, but you certainly can especially use something like sport mode. So two high and wide shots to establish where our subjects are and the location they are in. I think i got the shot i like here so now, im going to just do a nice orbit pretty fast, because i want to show off a lot of the area so im using as a reference point, the people and the iceberg. Obviously me and the helicopter in there too, but it gives us a nice parallax effect between the iceberg and the people in the foreground and the mountains. In the background doing this at this speed is really nice in sport mode, because you get a lot of speed. So you can show off a lot of area. I dont go much faster than this, but this definitely gives us a nice glimpse of everything were around and everything were seeing and another nice high and wide or another nice establishing shot kind of a high and wide shot is to fly somewhere and then do a Nice slow tilt up as youre flying forward so were gon na fly. I think over right over that way and uh and were gon na get a nice establishing shot kind of flying toward the helicopter toward the iceberg and toward the climbers and then just slowly pan.
The gimbal up as were going getting this down, takes a little bit of time and a little bit of practice, but you can sure get it and then sometimes, i like to add like a little downward motion, because it counteracts the gimbal upward motion. So it adds kind of a neat, feel i like those shots. Those are two great establishing shots, so now were going to do the next shots, which is a little closer medium shots now medium shots are where i like to get a lot of motion. You get lots of parallax feelings, so its great to be able to do like up and down and left to right, orbits things like that. But this is where you do want a fair amount of motion, sometimes even just something simple as a pullback to reveal a little more information. You start a little closer on your subject and pull back, but all the medium shots are establishing a lot more. Our subject in the location and what our subject is doing in that location because before when youre off in the high and wide you cant really tell what your subjects doing, but it establishes them in that location. The medium shots bring that down a lot closer and tell you what the subjects doing in that location so were going to grab a couple of medium shots here and then well. Move on to some of the close shots. So, for the first medium shot were just going to orbit around this dude as hes getting the ropes ready.
Actually, i really like that so now, what i want to do is pull back a little bit im going to get a little closer and then im just going to pull back and descend slightly as im pulling back so that and actually i think, ill rotate. A little bit as we do too, i really like that, shot and thats. Where i love motion with drones, you know i dont ever want a static drone shot. You always want something with a lot of motion, a lot of movement in it because it just adds a lot of interest and keeps people engaged so moving up down. Moving left right. All that helps now, if you can combine the gimbal movement with those other motions. So that you get a lot of parallax in all kinds of different directions, it really it makes it interesting. So now were gon na do a medium shot, just a little lower, looking kind of and showing the cliff the iceberg face that these climbers are about to climb Music and never underestimate the power of just nice smooth, slow motion. You dont need to do fast. Just a little bit of movement is always very, very nice. While i warm my hands up between shots, because i hate flying drones with gloves on uh, we could talk a little bit about when youre filming with drones and regular cameras. You can also mix your clothes shots with your drone shots using a regular ground, camera and stuff like that.
But if youre only filming with drones, you can still get some really nice clothes shots, which is what im doing today so here in a second as soon as theyre ready well, do a few close shots and see what uh, what sort of shots we can get And these are going to be really focused on the subject, doing what theyre doing so. I want to wait till theyre. You know starting to climb the ice wall getting up in the on the ice and actually up on the ice wall, and these a lot of times. These kind of movements are like starting, really really close and then pulling back or um or doing a really slow super slow, tight movement up down or left right all right now that theyre roped in and ready were gon na get some close shots and again, two Close shots where you wan na, be really close. Your subject takes up a lot of the frame and really shows off what theyre doing in that location. This is where you do have to be careful because youre flying a drone, you dont, want to get too close and hurt anybody, but you can definitely get closer and remember too, if youre filling in 4k or 5k, you can also crop in a little bit and Still not lose any quality, so all right here we go Music Music. Some of these shots can be kind of static, especially if youre showing off what theyre doing like in this case im showing the ice climber.
You know on the vertical face hes on as hes going up so dont be afraid to play around with them. But remember you need to get at least too wide too high and wide too medium and too close to be able to tell a complete story. So im gon na do a little orbit back around him now Music and there we go now one more shot you need to get because i did say seven right. I think i said seven. I dont remember if i said seven, but you should get seven shots. Well, talk about that in a second, i got ta warm my hands up again. Music, so were moving to location two, but im gon na grab some shots of the helicopter as they leave because hes got ta, go over drop them off, come back and pick me up so here we go Music, so were here, location, two spectacular ice cave behind Me, which is amazing but were not climbing in here, were gon na climb outside so uh yeah go set up the drone and get ready for location two, but i mean how epic is that just incredible, so all set up – and one thing i like to do – Is try and keep myself out of the shot, especially because i wear super bright red jackets and i tend to stand out but um its on a little way away and were gon na start. Shooting them doing what theyre doing over there, because it was getting dark and because there was a big winter storm coming in, we had to finish up everything we were doing, and i wasnt able to talk about shot seven shot.
Seven is something that you wan na get thats just unique its a different perspective. Its something that you can only get with a drone top down is something that comes to mind right away, its just a very different, unique approach to whatever youre shooting, with the drone that you could really only get with a drone. Hey weve got all shots that we wanted to get so far. Uh in these two locations, i think, were going to a third location well see, but in the meantime, you and i are going to go back to the studio and ill show you how edit and put these together to tell a complete story about these guys out. Here, climbing and doing all this stuff out in the cold and also gon na warm my hands up because its not cold cold like brutally cold but its definitely not warm either so lets go back to the studio ill. Show you how how i put these things together now, obviously im not in the studio. I got called to a job in montana where im using many of these principles here, but i did want to get this video finished so that you can see it, and hopefully it will help you in your future drone work. But, first of all, we need to talk about music because most drone videos have music or sound design of some sort, but were going to just use some music because music does a couple of things one.
It dictates the rhythm and the energy of your video. It dictates the feeling of your video and it will help you edit better if you have a piece of music so start with a piece of music and then edit. Your drone video to that now. Finding the music that works for your type of video is important and if youre doing work for client work, agreeing on the music before you start editing, the whole video is really important. Big deal is the reason i tell you to shoot too wide too too high and wide to establishing shots. Two medium shots, two close shots and one unique shot is because you can use those to alternate and get yourself a very nice story. A story really doesnt have to be over thought or made something that its not its, simply something that has a beginning, a middle and an end, a conclusion, and so those drone shots. You can alternate between all of those shots. If you shot a bunch of those things, you shot all seven and you keep alternating between those throughout your story, then you can tell an entire story just using drone footage. So here i picked a piece of music that i used in earlier in the video just as a demonstration, and i want you to watch this video and how i put it together. I used two wide shots and then i got closer through medium shots and then i got some very close shots and then i went back to some wide shots and then i went back you put in a unique shot in there and really see how this video Is put together using those different types of shots that weve discussed so far: Music, so Music, Music? Now, if you want to see other videos about how to fly your drone, how to improve your drone videography and photography click or tap right there, i put together a few videos that you can watch ill see one of those videos.
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