Despite the fact that cinematographic technology has come a long way since the days of Alfred Hitchcock, there is no question that a number of his visual techniques have remained inspirational today. It is quite remarkable to think that Hitchcock has even had an influence on drone videography!
In a recent article we published a number of mind-blowing images by a Turkish photographer and artist of the cityscape of Istanbul, but these were static pictures. As you know, Hitchcock was famed for his films and one of the techniques he introduced was zooming in on a specific object while moving the camera away from the image. Whilst eerie and atmospheric in black and white, in colour the actual effect is really quite stunning. It is almost like an optical illusion and the more you stare at the images the less sense you can actually make of what is happening as it seems impossible to both move away from an object while it appears to be drawing closer to you while the rest of the landscape distances itself from you.
We found an interesting article by Andrew Liszewski which includes two videos of remarkable drone footage adopting this classic Hitchcock technique, though we should warn you that if you have a tendency towards motion sickness you might not enjoy watching them!
In April we ran an article on how drones are adding a fourth dimension to the world of cinematography and this is yet another example of just how much more scope there is for cameramen involved in film making. We suspect that today’s of cameras mounted on trolleys running along rail tracks are numbered and instead drones will be used appreciably more often, particularly in more close-up situations.
Of course this then begs the question about safety as we all know how precious Hollywood actors are and would they really feel comfortable with a drone hovering only a few feet away from them. Well if DJI have a say in matters, then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem as they are investing heavily in a drone that can both see and avoid obstacles. The $3200 Matrice 100 is very much a skeleton drone which is remarkably lightweight and which has an impressive 40 minutes’ flight time, but it is the use of five sensors and a central processor that makes this a particularly effective collision-proof drone, even at high speeds. Where DJI are concerned, they recommend you try flying into a wall, which is not what you will usually find in the instruction manual of any other drones available today.
The way the drone industry is progressing, it is very likely that developed technology will be shared through licensing agreements which will no doubt to little more than cement DJI’s position as a world-leader in the drone industry.
What we really like to see here at Quadcopters.com is some of your video footage that you have taken where you have been experimenting with various techniques. What we’d like you to do is post your video, give details of the quadcopter you were using as well as the camera, and explain a little bit about both the flying technique involved and also the camera work. We are keen to create one of the best communities for fans of quadcopter or drones, and it is clear today that once most of you have mastered the art of flying a quadcopter, the art of drone photography and drone videography is going to be your next challenge. Thanks to websites such as Flickr, Instagram and of course you tube you can upload your videos and pictures, but we’d also like you to do it here as this is a site devoted wholly and solely to unmanned aerial vehicles.