While drones are easy to get off the ground, it’s another story to shoot cinema quality looking footage. In this video, Matti Haapoja highlights a couple of maneuvers you must master to create the best aerial videos possible.
Drones are cheaper and easier to use by the day. However, just like the new cameras make a photographer’s job more comfortable, it doesn’t take away from the talent of the person using it. If you don’t know how to fly the drone to make your footage look good, you could have just as well spent the same money on something else.
Haapoja insists on training before shooting aerial footage. In the video above, he explains a couple of ways you can practice your drone flying skills and thus get better footage. While new drones offer great automated modes, being able to control it fully in manual remains a better option in many situations. Some drills or tips he gives will take more time to master than others. For example, being able to control the gimbal and the drone movement while getting a smooth and steady shot usually doesn’t happen in a day. So be sure to be patient and keep on practicing.