Top 5 DRONE Pilot PRO Tips
Good evening from Western horn in Iceland, it is just after 9 p.m. and the crew is about to head out for our evening session. This sunset session, which happens at just after midnight and our location today, is that big mountain which you might recognize in the background, and this is the campsite: how cool is that really really good start? We got perfect weather, we’re, hoping for some clouds, and this video is all gonna be about my techniques when flying drones, because I know a lot of you have been interested in it over the last few videos.
I fly a lot. I’ve got a Spanish certified pilot’s license, and I want to tell you about my sort of I know outlook on flying drones in this video that all starts right. Now. Let’s, go [ Music, ] time to rock’n’roll [ Music ].
We are on route to the Western and decided to stop, because there is a really really nice sort of glow, pastel color across the. I know the the pan here looks like it’s, low tide and I think it’s just going to be perfect for the first drone flight.
So the idea is to get the Maverick to prou up in the air and share with you my first sort of technique for for flying across water, and it works extremely well in really calm conditions where there aren’t a lot of waves with Really good reflections – and this is going to be perfect, so let’s, get up in the air and I’ll show you that technique, [ Music ], all right.
The drone is up in the air and we’re gonna sit down and have a little powwow, because I want to try and talk you through what I’m doing, while actually flying the drone at the same time and then Sort of interlock this footage in between kind of the voiceover.
Alright, my finger is still broken, but so yeah, if you don’t know that story go out to the last video and hopefully Tom’s. Video of how it happened will be will be up soon because it’s, quite disturbing so yeah, but let’s.
Get back to drums. So I ‘ Ve got the the maverick 2 Pro up in the air. It’s only like 2 meters, above where we are right now, because this pan is super super flat and the water is really really shallow.
Like it’s, just a perfect line, perfect reflection and when flying you know, you have to determine your surroundings and your shot selection and how you want to kind of control. The drone will depend on what it is that you’re filming.
So in this case I ‘ Ve got this perfect reflection, so what I actually want to do is find where the water sort of the smoothest and then I’m gonna fly almost sideways across to give it like this, pan glass effect see.
If you can see this, you see that I don’t know if it’s, gonna focus on that [ Music ]. Essentially, I’m, just keeping the drone at about 1.9 meters above the water and just flying in one direction. To get that perfect reflection – and I know exactly where the drone is – is just in front of me – and I can still see it just cruising across the bottom – there’s.
A couple rocks that just makes this reflection. Look even better. That’s 35 seconds, so I’m gonna stop it there. When we’re making these videos, I don’t want to use the whole your 35 seconds, but what I can do is, after the fact I can use this footage in stock video.
I upload two black box, which I’m. Sure a lot of you watching this know of, if not it’s like a portal for selling stock video footage. So I’ll, try and hold my drone clips. If I’ve got a good composition and a good angle at like between 20 and 30 seconds, maybe a little bit longer just so.
I have that room to play with in post-processing let’s, switch up the location and we’ll. Try another drone technique for you guys to see. Okay, this is happening really quickly. I’ve changed my location.
I can see ducks way off in the distance, so what I’ve done is actually switched the Mavic to pro into 1080. At 120 P, I’m gonna go into sport mode and see if I can actually catch them. This is happening literally on the spot.
They are record. So obviously I don’t want to disturb animals, but these guys started flying like probably 30 seconds ago and they’re crossing kind of parallel to where we are now so I won’t. Get too close.
I’ll, keep my you know appropriate distance. I look at them in front of the blacks and oh my gosh. This is amazing, guys slow-motion 120 FPS on these birds. I’m gonna go a bit higher to get them in the sand.
[, Music, ]. Okay, that’s enough. I don’t want to bother the birds too much, so I’m gonna come back, but that’s. Actually a another drone tip that I wasn’t. Even thinking about you’re around any type of wildlife, you want to be really cautious because most wildlife is threatened by the sound of the drone and they really don’t like it.
So you need to, I guess, have common sense and be responsible. So in a situation like that, where the birds are kind of crossing you, it’s, okay, to get relatively close, but another good thing about the Mavic is when you’re in 1080 at 120 P, it’s.
Actually, a digital crop, so you think that we’re close to the birds, but you’re. Actually, almost I don’t know, maybe a third of the distance away. You know back in the other direction because of that crop, so that is fantastic footage and I’m, pretty certain that those Ducks you know were none the worse off for me.
Getting that shot so very, very cool and unexpected. So I hope you enjoy that footage. We’ve got our third spot. Three. The drone is really close, so you should be able to hear it. I wonder if you can even see it yeah right there that’s, the drone and then the subject in the back.
There is Chandler. He’s, one of the participants on the workshop right now and he’s. Gladly allowed me to film him, while he’s, getting his composition. So what we’re gonna do is actually go into the intelligent flight modes and use the point of interest, which is one of my favorites super super easy to control and allows you to have a subject right in the middle.
So you can just drag your subject across and then it has this green box on it and you just press go and the drone will start circling that subject for you, you don’t have to do anything and you can control the height and The distance that the drone is away from that subject, so what I’m doing is slowly circumnavigating, the subject which is Chandler, so it’s, going relatively slow right now, which I like, because it gives me more control over the settings.
I always control the drone in manual because I see it as like a camera. I can control the ISO, the shutter, the aperture, and I really enjoy that. So it’s coming around again and Chandler’s starting to pack up and we got a low battery warning.
But I think you get the idea. Don’t have to touch the controls at all, and the drone goes right around us that’s it for our third one. I’m gonna bring the drone down switch my battery and [ Music ] Thor’s getting in his vehicle here and dropping the hammer nah Kentucky.
He’s, gonna drive to the end of the road that we just drove in on, and the idea is that we’re gonna get the drone up and just follow the vehicle as a subject – and this is a really Cool drone maneuver to follow something like a cyclist or like a mountain biker or somebody skateboarding or a vehicle, always looks really really good and it’s super easy to do so.
What I’ll do is put this camera. You guys onto the tripod, and we’ll, get the drone up in the air and follow him, and I’ll. Tell you more about what I’m doing when the drones actually in the air forgot to mention earlier that we’ve changed locations.
I’ve changed my jacket. We’re now at the kind of classic lookout point for western horn, and this is where the parking lot is. The floor is gonna take off and go down the road, and I’m gonna follow him with the drone which I’m, going to take off with right now.
So I’m framing him up right now. He’s, gonna drive at about 20 kilometers an hour. I’m, set up at 4k 30, and this is sort of my angle. I’m just gonna slowly. Follow him down the road recording the whole time, because this is the kind of footage that you can cut afterwards, and this is the sort of stuff that Thor can use on his website to sort of market the destination and some of the photography locations.
So I want him to have the freedom to cut this footage. However, he wants so. I’m gonna switch up my angle and get more of the Western. So now I’m flying like really manually guys, like I’m controlling this a lot, and this kind of thing can’t, be done without a lot of just flying practice.
So what I’ve got now is I’m sort of circling around him? All that looks amazing. Look at that. Oh it’s, so good, oh yeah! That’s, amazing! That’s, perfect door really really good, keep going a bit further and then turn around and come back.
This gave me the longest video ever I apologize alright, so he’s coming back now. So my next idea for following a subject like a moving vehicle is actually to move with the vehicle going backwards, as it comes towards you and what I’m gonna do now is sort of pan around so that I get him in the Middle of the road there’s that big view perfect.
So now I’m. Just doing a nice big circle, get the grasslands, get the pink in the sky yeah! Oh it’s. Awesome there’s. The parking lot done. That was awesome man. Thank you. Oh no, it looks like for the fifth and final drone technique.
I, for some reason, did not record the audio voiceover that I thought I was recording. Instead, I recorded just me flying the drone hilarious. So we’re gonna, do it with voiceover instead. Luckily, for me, this is a very easy technique and the trick here is just to find a subject or an area that you want to do a 90 degree.
Top-Down angle, shot, and what I like to do is try and find a subject to look cool as a reveal. So in this case we found a lagoon and I thought that it would look really really cool as a reveal moving straight up.
So the trick there is that you scout the area first and then find where you want your center point to be place, the camera directly down and move down to where you feel comfortable starting your shot.
Once you’re at a low altitude, just above your subject, you can begin recording and then just move the drone straight up and, as you move up, the whole scene will be revealed to your viewer. It’s, an incredible cinematic movement and extry easy to do.
[ Music ] turns out that that final drone technique, audio that I thought I had recorded also had the outro. So you are getting the closing segment of this video from future Gregg. I’m back in Canada right now and just finishing up the edits on this video for this Wednesday today’s upload day, and I wanted to do the outro here to express my thoughts on that video.
I wanted to thank you for making it all the way through. I know it’s been a little bit long and there’s a lot of talking in this video a lot of information. But if you do like flying drones, you’re, a drone pilot enthusiasts.
This will be really good for you. I think the five simple techniques you can put into practice easily on your next flight and maybe it’s, something you already do and you can just kind of keep trying to better that in the field, because these are five techniques that I use.
All the time, almost every single time I fly and I get some really amazing footage from them. So I hope that you can put them into practice and get some really great footage for your own channel as well.
So I’m gonna try and keep myself short here at sea on the outro, because I don’t want to ramble on for too long, but this is the second video from Iceland. It’s. Also. The second last so I’ve got one more video coming on Sunday from the highlands.
We got some incredible light up there and it’s. Another subject for the video that I think you guys would be really interested in it’s, something that people would ask me about for a while. So I tackle that in the next video in Iceland and it’s, a good one.
So I hope to see you next Sunday right here on the channel and as always, thank you so much for watching. I hope you liked the video and I will see you [ Music ]