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How to Use Drones in Wedding Videography (Tips for Becoming a Pro)

by Mar 16, 2018Tips, Wedding video, Wedding videography

Adding a drone to your wedding videography business is a must if you want to stay ahead of the competition. However, adding the drone is one thing. Knowing how to use drones in wedding videography properly is completely another thing.

Here are some important tips that will help you become a great drone wedding videographer. And, turn your business into a recognized, highly wanted brand.

 

How to Use Drones in Wedding Videography

 

#1 – Check the Rules and Ask for All the Needed Permissions

how to use drones in wedding videography - no-drone-zone sign

Doing a research about the area of the wedding is a MUST. Drones are not allowed everywhere. And, if the wedding is close to, for example, a national park, or an airport, or some other restricted area, you won’t be able to use it.

So, before accepting a certain wedding, make sure you double check the location and check the rules. This way, you know if you can work freely or need to apply for certain permits. If you do need permissions, you should apply for them as soon as possible because these processes sometimes take time.

#2 – Find Great Locations and Suggest Them

The best locations for aerial wedding videography are open areas. Islands, churchyards, vineyards, rivers, hill or mountain tops, old bridges, and parks are ideal for this for many reasons. For example, in most cases, these locations are drone-friendly. But, what’s more important, there, you can have a breathtaking background and give a cinematic look to your video. Also, when the couple is alone in nature, they tend to get more relaxed. This gives you a chance to capture beautiful, honest, spontaneous, romantic moments.

So, before going to the wedding location, use Google maps to check the surrounding area and see if there are spots that suit aerial videography. Also, suggest to the wedding couple to take some time from the ceremony and do a drone filming session. They will gladly accept to have some alone time away from all the stress that is associated with the weddings.

#3 – Be Ready Upfront and Follow the Preflight Checklist

how to use drones in wedding videography - DJI Mavic in the sunset

Setting up for aerial videography takes time. However, as wedding days in most cases have a strict schedule, you will have to be as efficient as you can. This is where the previous advice comes in handy because it allows you not to waste time on looking for great locations and have more time for the pre-flight checklist.

Speaking of the pre-flight checklist, you are aware that you cannot just turn the drone on and take off in seconds, right? Okay, you could, but that can end up with either your drone flying away or losing control over it and hurting someone. Therefore, make sure you follow the needed procedure so that your drone operates in its best light.

Also, having your wedding video editing outsourced to a team of professionals editors might be a smart choice. This way, you have the option of instantly uploading the footage on a cloud, and have the video ready, before the wedding actually ends. This is a professional service that will make your business highly recognizable on the market and a quite important marketing tip you should seriously consider. If you want to get more familiar with successful wedding video business marketing techniques, read this article.

 

#4 – Experiment With Angles and Background

how to use drones in wedding videography - wedding couple from the air

The next how to use drones in wedding Videography tip is about the shooting angles. And, to get the best angles, you will have to experiment with different altitudes. Use the surroundings as a frame in which you change angles so that subjects are positioned creatively.

For example, for a cool segment, ask the wedding couple to lay down on the ground. Once you have the drone over them, camera facing down, and the couple is in the center of the frame, start ascending while rotating the drone around its yaw axis (also, get familiar with the drone terminology). Another great fact about aerial videography is that you can always go higher if you need more room in your frame. This, for example, allows you to keep the drone above the wedding ceremony and have everyone in the shot. After that, you can even ask the guests to form, let’s say a heart, with the wedding couple in the middle. This will look amazing in the video, and you can also turn such beautiful moments into photos.

#5 – Go Slow and High and Don’t Interfere With the Ceremony

As an aerial wedding videographer, you need to keep in mind this last tip for how to use drones in wedding Videography. The drone is there to discretely shoot the ceremony, not be the center of it. We know that this is much harder than it sounds. Drones are everything but not quiet and they always draw attention. But, to keep your drone “in the shadows” avoid close-up shots (this can be done equally great with a ground camera), and fly at higher altitudes.

Drones are not meant for details in the video. They are there to capture the essence and the scale of the ceremony and the location. So, leave the details and close-up to the ground camera, and focus on the bigger picture. Also, make sure your shots are crystal clear. For this, fly your drone as slowly as possible and avoid sharp turns and sudden moves. And, to have your props out of the frame (which is much harder than it actually sounds and you will soon find out that on your own), shoot the video flying backward. Trust us, you will be very grateful for this last tip.

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