Are you super eager to share to the world the breath-taking sights of the places you’ve visited complete with all the bells and whistles? These days, it’s practically possible to create a stunning log of your travels through a comprehensive and well-crafted footage. Aerial shots are no longer a thing reserved for the professional videographers because of drone technology. This and traditional DSLR capacity can together concoct a travel footage worth sharing and remembering.
Here are some of the best practices that you can do in your next travel adventure documentation:
1. Know the drone regulations in your area of choice
You cannot really continue an unhampered documenting experience if you are violating regulations for safety and order. Some drones are not allowed to fly in certain zones because it can interfere signals with aircraft or cause disturbances in air traffic during departure and landing. The drone regulations will set limits on what you can or cannot execute on the site of your choice.
2. Master the specs of the drone model you intend to buy
Do not just blindly join the hordes of drone videographers. A lot of travel videographers say that the DJI Phantom is the best drone for travelers especially when paired with a Go Pro device, but depending on your needs, you may find other less expensive models that serve your purposes just as well. Also, get to know additional accessories that will make flying time and capture of photos more seamless and long-lasting. Items such as anti gravity motors and carbon fiber propellers serve such purposes.
3. Go manual, but take advantage of GPS mode later
Loading coordinates and letting the drone do its magic capture will do wonders for your coverage, for sure. But at first, you may need to learn the ropes first by doing manual mode where you literally control the drone with a more involved manner in the remote control. This will also give you a feel for your gadget’s movement and allow you to make more accurate estimates of its flying capability in future shoots.
4. Maintain storytelling and other oldies but goodies of photo and video coverage
You can still apply the rule of thirds, focus your video coverage on an interesting subject, and use the visuals to tell an overarching story with the use of drones. The principles remain the same, but it’s really more like you have gained an extra long arm and leg with maximum dexterity to capture shots you could not otherwise accomplish using your own tripod, digital camera, and phone. Like in any other footage, it will do you a lot of good if you go out of the usual way of presenting a tourist destination by trying new activities and experimenting with new angles of capturing scenes.
Drones for travel footage take an initial investment. You can still do away with stunning photography and videos through traditional means, but it is much more difficult to compete when other serious travel documentation specialists are now combining their creative skill with upgraded tools like unmanned aerial vehicles that have high resolution cameras in them.