What is the future of the drone? As amateur photographers and filmmakers, will we still have access to this technology in 12 months time?
I invited him along to run this session because I love his work and because I would like to see aerial photography as part of Peterborough’s Collaborative community film.
Aerial Footage filmed at the Peterborough Snapshots film workshop
Oat showed us some beautiful examples of his work and demonstrated different shot types. The following information has been condensed from Oat’s very thorough, fun and informative workshop.
TYPES OF AERIAL SHOTS
A number of these shots are demonstrated in this showreel created by Oat for the Snapshots workshop:
Although most of the workshop was fun and play, Oat also discussed some of the rules, regulations and issues that you may face when flying your drone.
Firstly, you should know that you cannot fly your drone to collect video footage for coin, unless you have your RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) Certificate. There is a whole list of rules and regulations about where and where you cannot fly your drone and some commonsense rules about flying your drone safely around people. I am going to provide you with some general information here but for more detailed, up-to-date and accurate information, you can find a list of rules and regulations here.
What I found interesting in Oat’s workshop is how often and easily drones can just ‘fall out of the sky’ or how easily a pilot will lose control of the drone. Believe me, you don’t want to fly one of these babies above a crowd of people! The stories of drones crashing to the ground, came from both Oat himself and the bunch of aerial filming enthusiasts in the workshop.
According to Oat, most “Fly-Away” Errors are caused by operator error or lack of proper pre-flight check. So its a very good idea to:
Before you send your drone off flying into the abyss:
Another thing you need to watch out for with the drone is the battery. You really need to know how to (and how to not) handle the Lipo Battery because you could end up with an explosion on your hands!
LIPO BATTERY SAFETY
Once you get safety under raps you can enjoy the beautiful imagery and adrenalin-inducing joy of UAV aerial filming.
Here are some photos of the fun-filled workshop.
ONE LAST WARNING: UAV FILMING IS ADDICTIVE!
Thanks to Oat for sharing your skills and knowledge with us and for the beautiful examples of aerial photography.
Here is some further reading:
So, if you’re keen to learn a thing or two about film-making, you might be interested in getting involved in the Snapshots Collaborative Film Project. The project is taking place right now in Peterborough. Part of the project is teaching you the skills to use your camera device (smartphone/iPad/DSLR/GoPro/UAV) like a Pro so that you can go out and capture some beautiful imagery of Peterborough and share it in a collaborative community film. Want to know more? Read it here.
The next lot of workshops are coming up in September. But you don’t need to come along to a workshop to be involved, you can film independently if you like and then contact me with your footage so that I edit it into the Snapshots Film.
Here is the timeline for the project: