The Golden Hour often begins when the tours buses depart that iconic location, tired people head home for dinner or (in the morning) when you just want to hit that snooze button one more time. However, this time period offers a special bonus to Camera Drone pilots.
If filming at golden hour was convenient, then everyone would do it. It takes commitment – but getting up early, or staying up late for that shot is totally worth it. It’s the magic hour or so after the sun rises and before it fully sets that truly can make your images come alive.
Why? Well, it’s simple. The higher the sun gets, the less shadows you see, therefore the flatter your images look. Alongside the shadows, the sun makes the world feel warmer due to the sun’s rays having to penetrate more atmosphere during that magical hour.
Of course, too many clouds in the sky can completely ruin the shot you’re setting out to achieve and make you wish you’d slept in, but the times you set up and have the perfect conditions will make you come back again and again.
Below are a few tips (outside of getting your butt out of bed!) to maximize your golden hour capturing experience:
1) Lower is often better:
Flying high can work for some images and video, but staying low can often be more effective and really demonstrate the power of a drone vs a full-scale helicopter. Planning your shot, and treating the drone like a production tool such as a crane, jib, or slider can be much more powerful than simply flying until you’re out of battery. [Read more…]