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Whilst waiting for my first ever drone to be delivered, the Hubsan 501S, I have started to consider the type of video footage I want to capture with it.
It seems that many people buy a drone and fire it us high in the sky, and as far away as possible before hitting the record button. Okay, it is interesting to see what the world looks like from so high up…… but only for five minutes. I have to say that video footage of fields, rivers, lakes, houses etc. etc. from so high up is not my thing at all, and I don’t see the point of capturing so much area with such little detail. I know there are loads of people what do not share my opinion, and like these sorts of videos, and that is entirely their look out.
This clip is an example of the footage I don't intend to capture with my Hubsan 501S drone.
I have to say that my favorite type of drone footage is that taken much closer to the ground. I like the footage captured by drones skimming the surface of lakes and lochs, I like footage captured when drones are flying through the undergrowth and foliage, and I like the footage captured when drones are scraping along tree canopies. I like footage that puts me right in the thick of it and the action, and I like to see some detail too.
Recording video footage flying a drone several hundred meters up in the sky obviously takes a bit of skill, but nowhere near as much skill as flying the drones close to the ground and around obstacles. I am thinking that that this type of piloting takes a lot more skill, which obviously takes lot of flying time – but it is so worth it.
Whilst I will be capturing some video footage from high up with my Hubsan 501S drone I will be focusing more on low level flying. Think of the classic scene in Flight of the Navigator (check out from 0:25 – 0:36 ) of the following clip:-
Now that’s how I want to use my drone………