Best Practices To Follow When Flying A Drone

We know that feeling of opening up your new drone and being excited to try it. Although there are very specific rules and regulations you need to follow before you take flight. Each state has their own sets of rules you need to obey, and each city will also have their own specific sets of laws. It is very important to follow the rules when flying a drone, they are not classified as a toy. Incorrect use of a drone could result in something as minor as a fine, or you could shut down an airport and get you classified as a terrorist threat. Okay that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, follow the rules. Visit statedronelaws.com and read your specific state’s rules. Also check if there are any specific restrictions for your local community (airport restrictions, etc.) before you fly. Register your drone with the FAA. If your drone is between 55lbs and .55 grams, you need to get it registered through the FAA, don’t worry, it only costs $5. A small price to pay to avoid later consequences. 

Creating Video For Your Business

Creating video for marketing purposes is nothing new. Although introducing drone shots can take your video to the next level. If you have a drone, or access to one make sure to review your local laws, then start filming! Even if it’s just a wide shot of your store front, drone footage can improve your video’s look and feel more than you think.  Keep reading to discover some tips for taking drone footage.

Cinematography Tips

We may not be filmmakers, but we do know how we want our videos to look. Taking some of these drone techniques and executing them may be the key to your videos success.
  1. Tilt Down Reveal
    1. While moving the drone backwards, tilt the camera down to reveal what it is you want to reveal. 
  2. The Tracking Shot
    1. If your video involves moving parts, follow the subject with the drone. Either on a horizontal or vertical plane.
  3. Bird’s Eye View
    1. This shot is very unique, tilt the drone’s camera down so it is looking straight at the ground, great for b-roll, or setting the scene of your next shot. 
  4. Flying Low
    1. Often we get a drone, and fly as high as we can. Not in this shot. Flying low and straight can create a perspective where things are moving fast. If you have a fast car to show off, following it lower can make it look like it’s moving faster. 
  5. The Crane
    1. This shot is where you lower the drone down, but tilt the camera up at the same time. This shot may look like something out of a Hollywood film if done right.
If you utilize even 2 of these shots you can take your marketing video to the next level.  Or, if you would like a professional videographer to take care of it, contact us.

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