To shoot quality material, you need to try very hard. Specialists, and even simple amateurs, are always looking for ways to improve their videos. It’s safe to say that rotating the camera around an object is one such way. With this trick, you can get an incredible cinematic effect that will surely surprise everyone who watches this video in the future. If you learn how to use this tricky trick, you can significantly improve your skills in controlling a quadcopter.
More about rotation
Reception with rotation, as you can already understand, is video shooting when the camera moves around the object being filmed. Thanks to this technique, you can focus on a specific object, because such movement helps to create a distinct sense of space and surroundings. This is not only a way to focus on a specific object, but also a technique that allows you to achieve unrealistic beauty in the video.
It is not necessary to do the usual rotation, because it can be significantly diversified if you perform any additional tricks. As the camera rotates, it can also be zoomed in and out of the subject. Thus, you will concentrate the viewer’s attention on the object even more.
You can also focus on the subject and then raise and lower the quadcopter to get a sense of depth through changing shooting angles.
If you turn on the Timelapse effect, then the rotation of the camera will look more beautiful and incredible. Look at the image to see for yourself.
Do not forget that you can shoot not only from the air. Grab an Osmo Pocket or Ronin‑S and you’ll be able to achieve an equally beautiful video. It is enough to raise the camera up and find a low point, and you will get the desired effect.
Improving your shooting skills
If you are filming an object with a drone, try pulling the right stick to the right, which will allow you to move your device to the right. While the drone is flying around the object, pull the left stick to the other side — this will allow you to pan the camera to the left. However, here it is worth noting the fact that we mean to use Mode 2. This method will allow you to get an amazing effect.
Just remember that the reception, although beautiful, is quite complicated. It is necessary to take into account such important factors as the distance between the drone and the object, the flight speed and other factors. Change the position of the sticks in time to maintain smooth shooting stably.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right right away. It takes a little practice to be able to shoot objects in this way. We advise you to start by controlling the sticks with two fingers. This will allow you to achieve the greatest accuracy, because it is very important for this tricky maneuver.
In addition, you should make the reaction speed of the sticks a little less. To do this, go to the Main Controller Settings menu in the application. After that, you need to find Advanced Settings — EXP. There you will find an option such as Rotate Right. That is what you need to reduce by 0.1–0.15. This way your sticks will not be as sensitive. You will be able to get rid of too sharp movements when the drone is in the air.
Is it possible to simplify the shooting process by rotating the camera around the subject?
As you can already understand, manually achieving this effect will be difficult, especially if you are new to this business. However, I want to tell you the good news — you can automate this process. To do this, simply select the Orbit mode in the DJI GO 4 app.
Go to the app and search for QuickShots. You will be able to find several flight modes. After you select the mode that suits you, simply fix the camera on the subject. Everything is ready, now you can start shooting.
Love to be creative? Then you will definitely love the ActiveTrack feature. Just click on the desired object on the screen, and then wait a bit until the camera fixes on it. Now you need to set the appropriate rotation speed. The unmanned aerial vehicle will execute this command by starting to rotate around the object.
If you use ActiveTrack and Orbit at the same time, you can control the drone so that it moves up and down, as well as flies towards or away from an object. Such a video will get more dynamics.
With Osmo Pocket, you’ll find a handy feature called ActiveTrack that allows you to easily perform camera roll reception.
Safety is very important
If you’re going to start shooting with the roll-around technique, there are a few rules to follow:
1. When the drone is flying in a circle, you will not be able to see on the screen the obstacles that may be in front of the device. This can play a cruel joke on you. Before shooting with rotation, you need to evaluate the flight path to make sure there are no obstacles;
2. Make sure that there are no people nearby that the drone could hit;
3. When rotating, you need to tirelessly adjust the movements of the device;
4. If you have started the auto-rotation of the device, then you still cannot lose vigilance. Keep your hands on the sticks, because there can always be some kind of interference, so you need to be ready to take control;
5. An unmanned aerial vehicle should always be in your field of vision, because you never know what may appear next to you;
6. If a hand stabilizer is used, it is very important to keep track of your course when you go around the object, because there is a chance of tripping;
7. Always follow safety precautions so that no one gets hurt, including those around you, as well as the drone;
8. There are countries where local laws require such security measures.
If you learn this tricky trick, then your videos will become even better and more interesting.