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How to film with drone
Short instruction, basic principles for a composition of shots from Andrew Efimov.
1. As wide as possible, as close as possible
One of the most important and simple rules that you need to keep in mind all the time. As large as possible to see all the details (this is always interesting to the viewer) and as wide as possible to give a complete picture of the city. The significant difference between close-up and super-wide shots is very important. The more the difference, the more spectacular the final video will be. Even when it seems that the shot is close enough, it is advisable to try and shoot even closer and the same with wide shots.
2. Straight camera angles. Symmetry.
Symmetrical shots with direct compositions always look more expensive. It is not possible to find at any location. But this rule is better to remind yourself every take off.
3. The movement of the drone along the lines in the frame.
Where possible, it is necessary to "track" for any line in the landscape and repeat its trajectory with the movement of the drone.
4. Drone height
If we shoot any dominant, then it will look best when its height in the frame is slightly higher than the horizon. This means that drone should be just below of the top of the object.
5. Top shot
It is not always clear how the relief looks like when camera looking straight down. You should not forget to lower the camera down and check the view at each location.
It is not always clear how the relief looks like when camera looking straight down. You should not forget to lower the camera down and check the view at each location.
6. Curtain
It always looks very impressive and intriguing when an object opens from some foreground.
7. Entry in a narrow space
Shots when drone flying through the narrow spaces: between houses, through the arches and bridges always look extremely impressive and improve any video, adding spectacularity and dynamic.
8. Versatility
Shots where two or more objects are arranged in different perspectives look especially spectacular.
9. Skyline roll
As a rule, it looks justified when the edges of objects go beyond the frame, obscuring the horizon and perspective. It shows a certain skeptical look at what is happening (or at landscape).
10. Conclusion
Generally, we need to strive to make each shot look individually as a complete independent photograph. Which could be printed and hanged on the wall.