July 15, 2017

11 Cinematography Tips That Will Make Your Aerial Compositions Better

Sometimes all it takes to grow as a cinematographer is changing your perspective.

It's easy to get in a rut as a cinematographer. You've been shooting the same stuff with the same gear using the same techniques for longer than you'd like to admit and it's starting to not only get repetitive, but it's damaging your creative spirit, too. If you're starting to feel like you're capturing the same kinds of shots over and over again every time you turn on your camera, then maybe all you need is to change your perspective in order to see your surroundings in a whole new way. In this video from COOPH, you'll learn eleven helpful tips that will help you do just that by using drones.

Even though these ideas are geared more toward drone photography, they apply to cinematographers of all types, whether they're shooting with a drone or not. They focus primarily on composition and framing, like finding symmetry, vertices, patterns, and repetition, but they also touch on how to use color, lighting, and background to create dynamic shots. 

Many of the tips are no-brainers, meaning you've probably heard them somewhere before, but they're still a great reminder that seeing the world around us in many different ways allows us to capture it in many different ways. We should always be pushing ourselves to change perspectives, open our eyes, and move our cameras.

Here are COOPH's 11 tips:

  • Flip the perspective
  • Look for symmetry
  • Find dividing lines
  • Capture unique patterns
  • Aerial panorama
  • Find contrasting colors
  • Reinvent the selfie
  • Look for repetition
  • Shoot abstract
  • Capture shadows
  • Shoot the horizon

What are some other tips that could help DPs and aerial cinematographers get our of their creative funk? Let us know down in the comments.      

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Great stuff. Thank you.

July 16, 2017 at 2:24AM, Edited July 16, 2:24AM

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Sameir Ali
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Summary, shoot straight down and look for patterns and lines.

July 17, 2017 at 1:02PM

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aerial cinematography is inherently inhuman. just keep that in mind when you're trying to craft the tone of your sequence. do you need it to look like a soulless product or not?

July 20, 2017 at 4:10PM, Edited July 20, 4:10PM

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Lucas
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