A high-quality drone, video camera, and some know-how are the necessary ingredients that you'll need to do some aerial filming. Whether you're interested in capturing some footage for a school project, a promotional video for your company, or even as a paid service that you're providing to a local filmmaker, you want to do the best job that you can. The right gear and some experience managing it are integral, but you'll also need to watch for weather-related issues that could be detrimental to your efforts. Here are three elements to watch for when you're filming with a drone.
Wind can be a challenge when you're filming with a drone for a couple of reasons. Although light breezes aren't probably enough to get in your way, stiffer winds can affect your ability to capture smooth footage. One of the earmarks of drone footage is its smooth, steady nature — but achieving this look will be difficult on a blustery day. You should know when to pull the plug on your filming efforts and try again another day so that your footage will be better. Additionally, harsh winds can make you lose control of your drone and cause it to crash.
Some drones are completely resistant to water, which may make you feel confident flying and filming even on a rainy day. You'll definitely want to peruse your drone's specifications, though, because rain is an enemy to several drone models. Keep in mind that even if you can safely fly in the rain, your footage may leave a little to be desired. Raindrops on your camera lens, for example, will give you a product that is less than ideal. Additionally, if you're filming for someone, you'll generally want to do so on a pleasant day, as it yields a better overall look.
Sun may not threaten your drone's safe operation in the same manner as wind and rain, but it can be detrimental to your filming if you don't know how to deal with the sun. Any experienced aerial filming enthusiast will know that shooting when the sun is low in the sky can be a challenge. You never want to shoot into the sun, and even capturing footage with the sun behind your aerial camera can result in distracting shadows. Unless there's a specific reason to get sunrise or sunset footage, taking to the skies when the sun is higher is generally your best bet.
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