Originally used by the military for a variety of tasks including surveillance, reconnaissance, and airstrikes, drones are now being used in many commercial civilian applications such as shipping & delivery, crop monitoring, storm tracking, geographical mapping, and of course videography.
In the video production industry, the cost efficiency of using drones instead of helicopters guaranteed a speedy acceptance. Helicopters cost thousand of dollars per hour while drones cost the same or less for an entire day of shooting video.
Drones are very efficient when shots need to be repeated, which is often the case.
Reshooting with a helicopter shot is time-consuming – and time is money. Drones can much more quickly reset to reshoot a scene.
In addition to cost savings, drones are more versatile than helicopters. Filmmakers often employ drones to fly where helicopters cannot go: between trees, very close to structures, and inside of buildings. While helicopters can go places that drones cannot go, unless you need to transport your film crew or shoot in remote locations, drones are without a doubt the best choice.
Here’s 5 of our favorite shots that you can do with drones.
The reveal shot beings with a close shot of the subject ash the drone moves upward and backward, revealing the surrounding environment.
In an aerial pan the camera rotates horizontally side to side, following a subject or showing the distance between objects.
Tracking shots follow a subject from the front, back, or side.
Head your drone straight at an object and fly past it.
Start at the ground shooting directing down and slowly rise up.
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