5 Drone Shots to Make Your Footage More Cinematic & Professional

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In this post I share with you five drone shots that will help make your drone footage look more professional and cinematic.

Not only will I share with you how to do them, I will also share the why which most videos and articles miss.

That way you can gain both a skill and some knowledge on the subject.

If you tend to put your drone up in the air, then struggle with what to do next or if you just randomly shoot around filling up your memory card with no clear goal in mind then this tutorial is for you.

Check out my video tutorial below or read all about how to do it after the jump!

In this drone tutorial you’ll learn the answers to the following questions:

  • How to make your drone shots more cinematic and engaging
  • How to make your drone shots look more professional
  • How to do the reveal drone shot and why
  • How to do the tilt reveal drone shot and why
  • How to do the top down drone shot and why
  • How to do the orbit drone shot and why
  • How to do the tilt while tracking drone shot and why
  • Plus some ideas on how to make each shot even more dynamic

I believe that mastering these moves will take your drone shots to the next level. I will also say that you can try doing these while using Intelligent Flight modes but ideally it’s best to master these manually. So let’s get started.

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Focus Guide Walkthrough for the DJI Mavics, Phantoms and Inspire Drones

In this tutorial I show you all the various focusing settings and options inside the DJI Go app.

I also want to share with you how I nail focus every single time.

Check out my video tutorial up above or read all about how to do it down below.

If you have ever gotten soft footage, or you have had trouble setting focus, or maybe if you have struggled understanding the different focus modes, then this tutorial is for you.


In this drone tutorial you’ll learn the answers to the following questions:

  • What is the difference between the various focus modes: AF, M, and AFC inside the DJI Go app?
  • What is autofocus continuous, or AFC?
  • When should you use autofocus continuous?
  • What are some DJI camera drone focusing tips?
  • How to stop getting soft looking drone footage?
  • How to use the various focus modes inside the DJI go app?


So let’ get started.

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Interview With Jay Worsley Founder Of the brand new training course: DroneMasterclass.com

I recently sat down for an interview with my friend Jay Worsley who is an award-winning filmmaker & photographer. Jay just launched a brand new drone cinematography course called Drone Master Class for those looking to up their drone game.

I have known Jay for almost three years and have interviewed and featured his work on this website a couple times which you can see here and here.

Jay’s drone course is called Drone Master Class which is an online video course designed to challenge, inspire, educate and push your aerial filmmaking to a whole new level.


The Drone Masterclass covers such topics as:
  • location scouting
  • shooting style
  • shot choice & technique
  • editing
  • effects
  • sound design
  • color grading
  • getting your film out there
  • making money
  • licensing footage

To learn more about Jay check out the video he made for us below or skip further down to read the interview I did with him.

If you can make it to the end of this post or the video then you’ll see that Jay has generously offered From Where I Drone readers a $50 off discount code. To receive the discount just enter “FWID” at the Drone Master Class checkout page and the discount will be automatically applied.

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Looking For The Next Big Drone Idea – GENIUS NY $3 Million Drone Competition

If you are creative, technically inclined and have an idea for the next big innovation in the field of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) then listen up!

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Each year GENIUS NY (Growing Entrepreneurs In Upstate New York) awards innovative startups from around the world with millions of dollars in funding for their drone-based ideas and businesses.

This year they are at it again and are looking to hand out millions of dollars to startups in the drone industry.


The Competition

GENIUS NY is currently accepting applications for the drone pitch competition which takes place later this year. For a chance to participate in the competition you must apply by October.

Those who are selected will move forward and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, with a live audience present, and have their work evaluated and scored.

From there GENIUS NY will award five lucky finalists teams with a total of $3 million dollars in funding to ring their drone ideas to life.

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Brand New DJI Mavic 2 Pro/ Zoom Drone: My Initial Thoughts + The One I Ordered & Why

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I just finished watching the live stream of the DJI Mavic 2 event…

and I have to say I am even more excited than I was when I first started reading the leaks. Why?

Well today DJI released two different versions of their Mavic drone line and they both have some impressive features that weren’t leaked before the event.

To get you up to speed you need to know there are now two different versions, the Mavic 2 Zoom and the Mavic 2 Pro.

Mavic 2 Drone Specs:
  • Both drones come with 8GB of onboard storage (storage can still be increased with a microSD card)
  • Both drones shoot 4K footage at up to 100 megabits per second (which means better-looking footage)
  • Both drones have a top speed of 44 mph (whoa!)
  • Both drones get 31 minutes of flight time (first Mavic was 28mins)
  • Both drones have 10 sensors for obstacle avoidance which means they have up & down, forward & backward, left & right obstacle sensing (for added peace of mind)
  • Both drones have the new OcuSync 2.0 system which means you’ll get great looking 1080p live image transmission (niceeee)
  • Both drones have a maximum range of up to five miles (line of sight anyone?)
  • Both drones are quieter than the first Mavic (great news)
  • Both drones have the new Hyperlapse mode (sooooooo cool)

Day to night DJI Mavic 2 hyperlapse

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