Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones by Eric Cheng

By Eric Cheng

Reasonably cheap purchaser drones that provide ease of flight and high quality images and videography have exploded out there lately, developing what can merely be defined as drone mania among a various diversity of power clients. simply because camera-carrying drones nonetheless quite in simple terms exist at the area among pastime and the mainstream, there's nonetheless loads of confusion approximately what those small drones are in a position to doing. the choice to buy one is simply the 1st in a protracted move of items a brand new proprietor needs to imagine about.

Aerial images and Videography utilizing Drones is designed that will help you utilize the possibilities those nimble, cheap, and available flying machines have created for aerial images and videography. inside this definitive advisor, you’ll find out about the following:

• the present country of digital camera drone equipment

• how you can turn into a reliable drone operator

• guidance for purchasing the simplest aerial nonetheless photographs and videos

• tales from aerial photographers and videographers from round the world

• the present regulatory country for drone utilization within the U.S.

• concepts validated in different video clips you could obtain from, besides pre-flight checklists and worksheets for flight training.

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9 Me, with a camera-equipped DJI Phantom, in Iceland Any camera can be strapped onto a drone and put into the air, but it’s much better when a camera has the following three characteristics: • Low weight • Live video output • Remote shutter control Obviously, the heavier a consumer drone is, the shorter the flying time and less maneuverable it is. The lighter the camera, the better. A live video output (live view) allows an operator to see what the camera sees, in real time. Without live view, framing pleasing shots from a drone is almost impossible.

The lighter the camera, the better. A live video output (live view) allows an operator to see what the camera sees, in real time. Without live view, framing pleasing shots from a drone is almost impossible. Finally, a remote shutter release interface is desirable so an operator can decide when to take pictures instead of having a camera shoot all the time (video) or in intervalometer mode (stills), which yields a lot of extra media to go through at the end of every flight. Professional cameras such as RED cameras and high-end SLRs are used in the air carried by heavy-lift octocopters, but the vast majority of aerial images and video are captured using either GoPros (and other action cameras) or drones that include integrated cameras.

This is usually enough to scare a lot of people away. Integrated Aerial Cameras GoPros and action cams work well on consumer drones, but their main benefits are their small size and low weight, not their functionality, when mounted on drones. Most people who use GoPro cameras in the air use the “set-and-forget” method of camera control, starting recording at the beginning of the flight and letting the camera run until landing. This is because GoPro has only recently started to open its HERO bus interface to third-party integrators.

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