Cinematic Drone Shots and Movements

Here I’ll run through the different drone shots, their names, and the basics on how to achieve them.

STATIC

Not moving. Just frame the shot and leave the drone where it is.

PANNING

Rotate the drone from side to side to show the entire landscape or subject.

TILTING

The tilting drone shot is just tilting the camera up or down.

RISING AND FALLING

Moving the drone up or down. It helps to lock the auto exposure for this one so the image doesn’t change too much. Make sure to lock the exposure based on the brightest part of the shot. This one can look great in a area with vertical features like trees or buildings.

TRACKING

The camera is moved forward, backwards, left, or right. Great for tracking moving subjects like cars, boats, and people.

You can combine any number of these drone shots to make dynamic and cinematic shots.

WRAPPING

Rotate the drone around the subject. You can get this one by combining tracking with panning. With all of these shots the most important thing to get a cinematic video is smoothness. If your having trouble getting smooth shots then you can use intelligent flight modes or keep the movements simple.

REVEALING

Forward tracking plus a upward tilt is a common shot to reveal a destination after a moving scene. Another reveal would be with the camera pointed downwards, rise up and pan or rotate to reveal the ground setting.

One important thing to remember is not go with complex shots all the time and try and think about which shot is the most appropriate for the situation.