Aerial Videography: A Beginner’s Guide

Drone Photography

I’ve recently started doing aerial videography for my wedding business and I wanted to share the lessons I’ve learned in starting to shoot footage from the sky.  The hobbyist drones you can purchase online or in stores are technically known as UAS: unmanned aerial systems. Many can fly up to 900 feet. With practice, a novice photographer can take really great photos and videos.

1. Start small
Everyone wants to take the stunning videos  , but that comes with practice and a sizeable investment.  There are toy quadcopters that can be purchased  and you can learn with them.

2. Learn to fly safely
This is very important. I make sure when I learned I was in open fields that didn’t have many trees. My high school football field worked well for training and practice.

3. Watch YouTube tutorials
That’s how I learned how to fly safely and various tips.  And some FAQ’s are answered on this tutorial. One of the best tutorials when I  started flying was by Matt Granger, he explained how to calibrate and start the drone.

Some of my drone sample videos:

In my next post about drones, I will share my post production workflow.

Here are some links about Drones:

Chip Dizárd Weddings Drone Page (Information about my drone packages)

NY Times: An Eye in the Sky Accessible to the Hobbyist 

ESPN: Eye in the Sports Sky

About Chip Dizárd

Chip is a Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Photoshop Certified Trainer and is passionate about helping people leverage technology for business and communications. He’s done a bit of everything from video production, to web, and application development.
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  1. Awesome tutorial for beginners who are going to learn Aerial Videography.
    Aerial wedding pictures and videos may be done through Rent A Drone. Property drone pictures videos and filming may be done through Rent A Drone.

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