Please select Into the mobile phone version | Continue to access the computer ver.
Don’t Fly Until You Know These 7 Simple Maneuvers and Shots!
2007 20 7-29 23:38
Uploading and Loding Picture ...(0/1)
o(^-^)o
DJI Panda
Administrator
China
Offline

mm1.jpg
By DJI Support

From dolly zoom to drone orbits, master these easy drone maneuvers and shots to create breathtaking aerial footage.

Have you ever thought about how drone enthusiasts capture stunning cinematic videos? Chances are you’ve watched a number of breathtaking videos and wondered how the footage comes together so naturally.

As a content creator, you can often run (or fly) into a situation where you struggle to find creative inspiration and your footage does not match your expectations. Whether you’re a beginner pilot or have already conquered the sky, master these drone maneuvers and shots to improve your aerial photography.

Note: The following flight maneuvers were performed using Mode 2 (default mode) on the drone remote controller.



1. Drone Reveal Shot
This simple drone maneuver is used in cinematic footage to slowly reveal a subject to an audience. This drone shot can be used to add suspense, introduce a scene, or simply add a creative perspective to your footage.
How to Take a Drone Reveal Shot
1. Start with your subject out of view and approach it slowly with your drone.
2. Fly past your subject to reveal a background scene or landscape shot.
3. To add more creativity to your shot, experiment with different flight speeds. Use different angles as you approach your subject to add different perspectives to your footage.



2. Tracking Shot
The tracking shot is a basic drone flight maneuver that is great for capturing your audience’s attention. This basic move is great while flying alongside your subject. It can also be used to keep focus on moving subjects, and given that most DJI drones feature ActiveTrack, this shot is a walk in the park.
How to Take a Drone Tracking Shot
1. Fly sideward, parallel to your subject.
2. Keep track of your subject as you perform this maneuver.


3. Panning Shot
Not to be confused with flying sideward, a panning shot involves rotating your gimbal along the yaw axis while the drone hovers. This flying technique is effective for showcasing multiple subjects in a scene and emphasizing the connection between them. Or simply, use this shot to focus on one subject.
How to Take a Drone Panning Shot
1. You can perform this move by pushing the left control stick to the left or to the right.
2. You can also choose to fly your drone in a clockwise or a counter-clockwise direction.


4. Flying Upward
Fly your drone upward and move away from your subject, displaying the contrast between your subject and the background. You can also use the feature “Rocket” in Mavic Air’s QuickShot function to get this shot. This is a great way to add creative transitions to your footage.
How to Fly Upward
1. Start with the camera facing the ground.
2. Push the left control stick forward to make the drone fly upwards.
3. Try to keep your subject in the center of your frame.


5. Orbit
An orbit is a dynamic flying maneuver where the drone rotates around your subject while steadily gaining elevation. As the drone revolves around your subject, you can gradually reveal the scene to your audience. This adds dynamic motion in your footage, which you can maximize further by tilting the drone as it performs this maneuver. Orbit is a QuickShot available for Mavic Air, but you can also perform the shot manually.
How to Take a Drone Orbit Shot
1. To manually perform an orbit, push the right control stick to the right to make the drone fly in that direction.
2. Push your left control stick to the left, making the drone rotate around your subject.


6. Overhead Shot
An overhead shot is an excellent way to immerse your audience in your footage. This type of shot can be used to frame your subject inside a larger shot, giving your audience a better sense of scale.
How to Take an Overhead Shot
1. Fly your drone above your subject.
2. Rotate the gimbal dial until the camera is positioned directly above your subject.


7. Dolly Zoom
Available on the Mavic 2 Zoom, Dolly Zoom is a fantastic feature for storytelling and creating a unique visual effect.
How to Perform a Dolly Zoom
1. Push the right control stick forward.
2. At the same time, use the Zoom Adjustment Dial to zoom in and out.
3. You can also pull the right control stick backward and simultaneously use the Zoom Adjustment Dial.


Simple Drone Maneuvers
Try experimenting with these drone maneuvers and tips to obtain cinematic shots. Remember, practice makes perfect!

The content origins from DJI BUYINGGUIDES

7-29 23:38
Use props
o_laparoto
Captain
Flight distance : 631725 ft
Portugal
Online

Wonderful post with some helpful tips! Thanks
7-30 00:29
Use props
Zubayer.Khan
lvl.4
Flight distance : 363060 ft
Bangladesh
Offline

Thanks & its really nice tips for arial photography.
7-30 00:40
Use props
DJI Panda
Administrator
China
Offline

o_laparoto Posted at 7-30 00:29
Wonderful post with some helpful tips! Thanks

You are welcome!
7-30 00:40
Use props
nilsonleow
Captain
Flight distance : 121888 ft
Ukraine
Offline

Very good tips! Thank you!
7-30 01:51
Use props
DJI Panda
Administrator
China
Offline

Zubayer.Khan Posted at 7-30 00:40
Thanks & its really nice tips for arial photography.

You are welcome!
7-30 02:31
Use props
DJI Panda
Administrator
China
Offline

nilsonleow Posted at 7-30 01:51
Very good tips! Thank you!

Don't mention it.
7-30 02:32
Use props
elberti
First Officer
Flight distance : 1283156 ft
Bulgaria
Offline

This is a very good call, Panda!
7-30 02:51
Use props
nilsonleow
Captain
Flight distance : 121888 ft
Ukraine
Offline


Lol! But thanks again!
7-30 02:53
Use props
ro_flyer
Captain
Flight distance : 4320596 ft
Brazil
Offline

Very good tips! Thank you, Panda!!
7-30 04:11
Use props
SupCarlos
lvl.4
Flight distance : 802754 ft
United States
Offline

These are awesome!!
7-30 11:31
Use props
Toedles
Second Officer
Flight distance : 5859868 ft
  • >>>
New Zealand
Offline

Very helpful tips...
7-30 21:45
Use props
Sparko
lvl.1
Flight distance : 3880 ft
Turkey
Offline

Thanks for the tips.
7-31 05:50
Use props
MalikDixon55
lvl.3
Flight distance : 494444 ft
United States
Offline

Man, you beat me to the post. I was going to do the same thing. Great posting. Thank you.
7-31 19:32
Use props
jacksonnai
Captain
Malaysia
Offline

Very nice post, useful tips and tricks. Thanks for sharing!
8-1 06:50
Use props
Jacob Williams
Second Officer
Flight distance : 824349 ft
United States
Offline

I need to try these moves!
8-3 18:44
Use props
djiuser_Obz7EJYMI9lj
lvl.1

Norway
Offline

Thnx for the tips
8-4 09:31
Use props
pianoplayer7
Second Officer
Flight distance : 214997 ft
United States
Offline

Thank you for the amazing tips! I will make sure to apply all of these techniques (except, perhaps Dolly Zoom, since I don’t have M2Z) to my flying!
8-6 06:48
Use props
VigilanteDrones
Captain
Flight distance : 3353072 ft
  • >>>
United States
Offline

Great post!  Thanks for putting this together.
8-8 06:53
Use props
AQUIF
lvl.4
India
Offline

NICE THREAD THERE....
yesterday 08:42
Use props
B1houdini
Captain
Flight distance : 642224 ft
United States
Offline

Thanks DJI Panda,

These Tips are a great reminders on ways of creating cinematic shots. Most of us forget there are other  ways to shoot video  with just simple  drone maneuvers.
yesterday 13:35
Use props
Advanced
You need to log in before you can reply Login | Register now

Credit Rules