7 Simple Yet Amazing Cinematic Drone Shots You Must Master

This is a special guest post done in collaboration with Paul Archer of DronesGator.com.


Are you wondering how you can increase your drone game and get incredible drone shots like those ones you keep seeing on YouTube?

Or, maybe you’re simply looking for some ideas on how to improve your drone filming skills and create interesting drone moves in your work that are more dynamic and cinematic?

Then check out these 7 Amazing Drone Shots which usually serve as my “go-tos” for almost any video project I do. If you master these cinematic moves, your drone videos are guaranteed to have a more professional look.

Now I have to say you’ll be able to do most of these with ease even the first time, but mastering them is another story, so the key is to practice, practice, practice to make sure each move is smooth and controlled.

First, let me give you a few pieces of advice when it comes to picking a camera drone.

If you haven’t yet piloted a quadcopter and want to start with something more budget friendly, I’d recommend a camera drone that’s under $200 so you first master the basics of flying, learn drone safety and camera control without crashing something expensive while you’re learning.

If however you already have a more advanced drone like a DJI Mavic ProDJI Phantom 4 or DJI Inspire Pro (these drones all have GPS and a 3-axis camera gimbals), then you’re ready to start the lesson below:

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2017 Christmas Holiday Drone Guide – 50 Gift Ideas


With Christmas right around the corner I thought I would share some drone gift ideas for drone pilots or for that drone obsessed friend or family member that you may be shopping for. Below you’ll find a wide list of drone gift ideas that work for any budget and that can work for a variety of ages. Feel free to message me if you have any questions about any of the suggestions below!

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Shooting with GE for DRONEWEEK


This summer I got to be a part of a super fun project created by GE called “DRONEWEEK”.

DRONEWEEK is a cinematic documentary series that showcases how GE is using drones and robotics all around the world to advance the energy industry.

I’m excited to share that the DRONEWEEK project just went live which you can learn more about down below!

Me shooting in Switzerland


I specifically joined the GE team and Spark Aerial which is a team of drone pilots, engineers, and robotics specialists. Read More

Interview with drone photographer Jordan Lerma – @uheheu


I finally got a chance to interview an amazing drone photographer named Jordan Lerma, aka @uheheu.

Jordan is based in Hawaii and he has an incredible feed that is truly one of a kind. One of my favorite things to see from him is the way he captures stunning aerial photos and videos of whales. His work over the ocean is so mesmerizing that his posts literally rack up millions of views of Facebook & Instagram.

I interviewed Jordan to hear more about his work and process as well as learn about his journey, creative philosophy, gear, and recommended drone & photography resources. I’ve included lots of drone photo and video work (make sure you hover over the Instagram embedded pieces because those are videos) and I sprinkled a few non-drone pieces to show you how versatile he is shooting below and above the water.

Now let’s get started!

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Cinematography Tutorial: Advanced Filming Techniques & Editing Effects for Your Drone Videos

This is a very special post done in collaboration with the amazingly talented Oliver Astrologo. Oliver is a photographer & creative director, whose work focuses on revealing locations and stories about people. Please take a moment to review some of Oliver’s incredible work on his Vimeo page, you won’t be disappointed!
drone Advanced filming tips and techniques

In this post you’ll learn some intermediate and advanced filming and post-production tips and techniques that you can do with your drone to create more interesting films.

Specifically you’ll learn how to create:

  • Interesting transitions using different cameras
  • The famous dolly zoom technique using 4K footage
  • Rotation effects using 4K footage
  • Tracking and stabilization techniques for creating hyperlapses
  • Parallax effect that turns your simple 2D footage into a dynamic 3D like effect
  • Color correction & color matching techniques and best practices

First of all I recommend reading my first video tips guide before reading this article which you can find here.

The combination of advanced technical gear becoming more affordable and editing software becoming more powerful has revolutionised the production and post-production processes.

Overall the quality of videos being created today is getting more advanced which is why we can admire some of the best video work out there over in the Staff Pick section on Vimeo. Read More