Whether if you own a drone or want to buy one, here are our tips for how to get the 8 most epic drone shots so your travel videos will be instagram and youtube worthy!
You know here at MURIËLLE Magazine we’re passionate about traveling! There’s no better way to capture unique views of a destination than with a drone. We’ll show you how to get shots you’ve seen in Hollywood movies, but we’ll make it simple for any beginner to do. Also, you can do these drone techniques with any drone.
Copy the tips below so you have the tips with you when you travel! Remember to watch the video so you can see how to actually perform these drone techniques.
FULL TUTORIAL VIDEO
1. Tilt Up Shot
This drone shot is great for creating a sense of exploration by slowly revealing a location. Everyone remembers the opening scene in Jurassic Park where you first see the ocean waves and slowly “look up” to see the island.
- Point camera down at an angle, only showing the scene below such as waves, beach, or road.
- While flying forwards or backwards, slowly tilt the camera up to show the full scene.
2. Tilt Down Shot
The tilt down drone shot gives the viewers the feeling that they are arriving at a location. You start with the camera pointed straight to show the full scene, then tilt the camera down to show a specific subject (person, car, animal, location).
- Point camera straight ahead, showing the full scene.
- While flying forwards or backwards, slowly tilt the camera down towards a specific subject.
3. Forward, Up, and Over
This is my favorite drone shot to explore a location. To start, the viewers only see the subject such as a building or mountain. Then, you slowly fly over the building to show the location behind the building or mountain.
- Start with drone low and close to the subject so you cannot see the background.
- Point camera straight ahead.
- Fly forward and up at a consistent speed over the subject.
4. Top Down/Overhead/Eagle Eye
One of the easiest drone shots anyone can do. Simply point the camera down. To make this shot more interesting, pick an interesting scene where there is something moving. You can also fly the drone up to reveal more of what is below the drone. Finally, you can fly the drone forward, back, left, or right and follow a feature below the drone such as a road or coastline.
- Point camera down
Most people only fly the drone forward. Switch it up by flying the drone sideways which will show the different layers of the location.
- Point camera straight ahead
- Fly drone sideways from left to right or right to left.
6. Slider (Sideways Reveal)
Similar to the “Forward, Up, and Over” shot, this drone technique starts close to a subject, then slowly reveals the background.
- Start with the drone behind the subject such as a building or tree. Make sure the subject completely hides the background.
- Fly the drone left or right away from the subject to reveal the background
Crane and jibs are used in Hollywood movies to start the camera very low, focused on a subject such as a person or car, then quickly lift the camera to show the whole scene. We can copy this camera movement easily with a drone.
- Start with the drone very low.
- Point camera straight ahead at a subject such as a person, car, door, house, tree, etc.
- Fly drone up vertically
One of the most popular drone shots is to fly in a circle around a subject such as a building, mountain, statue, or person.
- Point the drone camera forward at the subject
- Push the yaw control stick (rotating stick) and the direction control stick in opposite directions. For example, push the yaw stick left and push the direction stick right. Or, push the yaw stick right and the direction stick left.
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