I was hired for this project in November of 2018 by Dovetail to capture the St. Louis Gateway Arch with a drone. We started the paperwork in January of 2019. It began with getting approval from the Gateway Arch National Park. This wasn’t too difficult since they were the ones needing the photos and video, but they wouldn’t give the final paperwork until we got airspace approval from the FAA.
No matter if you’re a wedding photographer or videographer, you can use a drone to create some unforgettable shots of the bride and groom. Alina and Stewart of Drone Film Guide share with you 12 helpful tips that will raise your drone wedding photos and videos to a new level and help you make the best out of them.
When you first get a drone, every single video you shoot looks amazing. At least to you, the person who made it. Because you made it. But after a while, when the initial buzz has worn off, you look at your footage and perhaps feel a little deflated. It wasn’t as good as you remembered it being. So, you need to push yourself. Use drones in a more interesting way. Use them to tell a story.
In this video, Dirk Dallas of From Where I Drone walks us through five cinematic drone techniques. Each can be used to help tell a different part of your story and connect with the viewer in a different way. And, they’re visually impressive manoeuvres, too.
So, you want to take your drone to your travels and add a new perspective to your travel videos. It sounds like fun, but before you do it, you need to be prepared. Mark Wallace from Adorama TV has brought his DJI Mavic Pro to travels around the world and he’s learned a lot about shooting travel videos from the air. In this video, he shares his experience and the lessons he’s learned. They will not only help you get great drone shots on your travels, but also help you do it safely and legally.
After a while of shooting with the DJI Mavic Pro, I notice something weird, my footage was off. Whatever I did I could not get a clean sliding shot. Looking deep I realized many of my shots were a bit crooked. Turns out my gimbal was not calibrated. When you are taking photos or footage looking down, it’s barely noticeable but when you are trying to shoot anything with horizontal lines it becomes obvious.
The solution is easy, you need to calibrate the DJI Mavic Pro gimbal. Calibration may sound like a big word, but its simply telling the Mavic what is the gimbal “idle” position to keep the horizon level.