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DJI Mavic Adventures | Episode 3 | How To Shoot Surfing With A Drone


We’ve just got down to the beach, the surfs up, so let’s get the Mavic in the air. For years, you could only get really great surf shot by using a huge lens or by sticking some fins on, and getting wet. The Mavic is a super compact drone it’s easy to take to your local break and gives you the opportunity to get some awesome aerial views of the ocean. In this episode we’re going to cover a few useful techniques for flying your Mavic over the surf. Before taking off the first top tip is to get yourself a set of ND filters. These little lens covers are basically like sunglasses for your camera in bright conditions with lots of reflected light stick in one of these on and it will enable you to shoot a slower shutter speeds, making for perfectly smooth and professional-looking video. If you’re taking off from a cliff or a rock above the sea, pay extra attention to your altitude if you move over the edge of a headland and then descend toward the ocean you will begin to see a negative number so keep one eye on the aircraft at all times.Probably the best angle when shooting a surfer is looking back down the barrel of the wave this means flying backwards. Once you’re over the lineup fix a safe altitude above the breaking waves and point the Mavic towards a takeoff zone. Pull diagonally down on the right stick in the direction of the breaking wave. Try using a pinch grip with your index finger and thumb if this will give you more control start the movements slowly and gradually increase speed adjusting direction on the stick as necessary.If you’re filming a particularly fast break and you find you’re losing the surfer out of shot, switch to sport mode. Alternatively use the Mavic’s ‘Active Track’ functions to lock onto the subject and follow them automatically. Finally, no beach edit would be complete without some dramatic shots of the shoreline. The Mavic can shoot up to 96 frames per second by combining this setting with the 40 mile an hour top speed available in sport mode you’ll still see forward movement in the final shot and the breaking waves are slowed down. It’s an awesome cinematic effect. Next episode we’ll be hitting the tarmac to see how the Mavic can keep up with a road cyclist at full tilt. It’s time to don the lycra! .


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