Practice Makes Perfect

I've owned my drone for quite some time now as most of you may know and I originally would film in 1080p until I realized that I could film in 2.7k and 4k. I switched over because when I create videos my frame rate is usually set to 24fps, so I usually film around 24fps at the biggest possible resolution offered. Why? I like to have the ability to crop in on the things I film and by now it has definitely become a habit of mine to rely on the cropping capability I have when filming at a higher resolution. I am able to fix the horizon line if it is off without losing resolution or even get closer to my subject by actually being further away. Having these options are definitely helpful, but looking at all this new technology coming out..... My mind is really thinking about all the possibilities when it comes to filming from an aerial perspective; especially when it comes to resolution, sensor size and frame rate.

I want the Inspire 2 more than 3/4 of the worlds population could imagine, the only problem is, I do not have the money to buy it yet. Later down the road you bet that drone will be mine and I will be out there flying it way too much. In the mean time, the Phantom 4 Pro Simply Visual Productions will have, films in 4k at 60fps with a solid 1" sensor. That is a big upgrade from the Phantom 3 Pro for sure. Aside from all the hype and excitement when it comes to new gear, I challenged myself to test my skills and jumped back to 1080p at 60fps on my DJI Phantom 3 Pro to see what kind of slower motion I could create from an aerial perspective. To make things more fun, I even used my new Polar Pro Filters which I have to say I really like and look forward to using a lot more. 

This video was shot between 3:30-4:30pm as the sun was setting here in Long Branch. For me, that is one of the best times of the day to shoot regardless of the situation because that light can be so beautiful and really adds life to the video. The filters pulled out the colors and helped with the lens flare which is exciting because sometimes that can be a pain when you are out shooting in harsh light conditions. Aside from the wind that we always get at the beach, the most difficult thing about shooting was overall control of the pans and keeping the horizon line as straight as possible in camera. Knowing that I wasn't going to be able to crop and tilt without losing quality, I was more aware of those lines and made sure it was straight when I was getting the shot. While that was ready to go, the next thing to focus on was speed and smoothness when flying and panning in the videos. Most of the stuff took a few tries but after flying for over a year and practicing these things day after day, I was able to get some shots I was happy with that kinda look good in slower motion!

If there is ever something you think you can be better at, go out and practice. I don't get paid to fly all the time but the reason I go out and fly is because I love the content I can create from doing it. The better I get at flying, the better I feel as a pilot and the more confidence I have when I go out to shoot for a client. No excuse is good enough to not get better at something you want to be good at, so go out there and challenge yourself a little bit because it cant hurt!