Epic Drone Water Shots

Discovering Beauty

We are big fans of drones at TAR Productions. They offer incredible vantage points and the cinema beauty is brought out in almost any location. Why they do take some time to master the craft, once you have that down it’s easy to get incredible imagery of places you’ve never imagined.

I have been living in San Diego my entire life and it wasn’t until about a year ago that I realized how many interesting perspectives we have in our own backyard that a drone is perfect for. For example, there are several lagoons near our office offering vast, cinematic views that I’ve never seen before. Lagoons are an important resource for the local community, offering a sanctuary for many animals and water passageways from the local mountains.

Vast, cinematic views I’ve never seen before.

Futaba Drone Controller

Lagoon from drone

From my experience, the cinematic shots take a lot of patience. The slower you can move the drone the more cinematic shots you’ll get. Any abrupt movement are very jarring and really take your audience out of it. I love panning around revealing a coastline, or pivoting around an object. I also love flying over an object and slowly turning the camera down to stay on top of a subject.

The exception to the slow movements are when you’re low to the ground. I’ve found that if you can get very close to the ground and point the camera in front you can fly over at low altitudes that offer an incredible dynamic. In the video above we do this a few times. Since we shot all this on a GoPro and a very wide angle, fish-eye lens this effect is dramatized making it more effective for your audience.

What are some of your favorite drone shots?