In the past, the avenues connected with aerial filming and photography were limited and prohibitively expensive for most hobbyists as well as professional photographers, Over time, there has been a massive leap in the type, number and quality of aerial photography applications that have found their way into the mainstream. Though the basic technology connected with taking shots from above has been around for quite some time; it is more reliable, safer, cheaper and packaged with new innovations in today’s scenario. If you are planning to go about the act of getting your personal aerial photographs, you need to consider the factors mentioned below.
Remote Controlled Helicopter Camera Mount
One of the best ways of deciding upon the helicopter to utilize for your aerial filming is to have a good idea about the camera weight or the camera that you desire to use. If you are ready to go ahead with a small point-and-shoot or other budgeted option, then it is best suited to hire a smaller helicopter to raise the weight of the camera. However, if DSLR aerial photography is your scene, then you obviously need a larger helicopter—which boasts of at least a 600-class to carry the requisite weight. Go in for helicopters with electric motors as they tend to vibrate less and are not as noisy as their counterparts. It is recommended to choose a good build quality helicopter camera mount that is capable of enduring heavy lifting—the same can be modified at a later stage to align with your specific photography needs and requirements.
Camera Control, Gimbal and Viewing System
Once your helicopter is ready to go, you need to ensure that you can fly it in a comfortable manner. Thereafter, you need to look at the best ways to mount your camera system—under slung or in front. Though both these mounts work well in different situations, expert photographers usually prefer a specialised mounted system. They are comparatively simpler to isolate from all kinds of vibrations and allow better angles for filming. You can easily offset the weight by mounting the batteries just below the tail. It is vital to pay attention to vibration isolation and is worth buying a costlier mount that ends up doing a better job of the same. Good control can be attained by using a second radio system/ operator. Tilt, shutter, controlling pan, roll and video down links (along with other functions) are other important factors that require attention and help you frame your shots from below.
Autopilot and Stabilization Technology
Recently, there have been some revolutionary improvisations in the flight stabilization technology for RC helicopters—especially with the military UAV and autopilot technology entering the commercial market. It is advised to use a basic system that offers an appropriately stable platform to take pictures from. If permitted by your budget, you may like to go in for an autopilot system that’s capable of flying your helicopter without any manual input and via simple pre-programmed GPS way points. These systems are much safer and help in keeping the helicopter stable in case of lost communication and ensure return of the same to the take-off point—all with the help of automatic and more advanced systems. All the best!