Beginners Guide to Aerial Footage

By: Stephany Da Pont

Have you watched too many of Jay Alvarrez’s videos and wondered how these vloggers get such stunning unique shots? If you guessed drones, you’d be right.

Today drones are standard practice among professional videographers and photographers.

This guide will give you a basic understanding of aerial AKA drone footage and whether it’s right for you. For starters, not all drones are the same. Take some time to research the various models to decide which style best suits your needs. Some have built-in cameras, and others you’ll need to attach cameras yourself.

Secondly, you may need a license to fly your drone. For example, in Canada, most drones are okay to fly freely as long as you are following the rules. If you are operating for work or research, you will need authorization from the federal government.

This is why it’s important you know and understand the rules and regulations of where you can fly and operate your drone.

Now we can get into the technical aspects of flying. It’s pretty standard for your drone to be operated by a remote controller. It may even remind you of a game controller!

The left stick: controls rotation of the drone and altitude. Pushing the left stick horizontally (left-right) will rotate the drone. Pushing it vertically (up-down) will change the altitude of the drone.

The right stick: will control the actual movement of the drone. Pushing the right stick will make the drone fly and roll from side to side. Pushing the stick up and down will move the drone forward and backward.

Tips to remember:

  • Make sure your batteries are charged! (and bring spares)
  • Connect the transmitter to the drone
  • Practice slowly with a safe landing area


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