Weddings with Aerial Video – Drones

The latest craze that has swept the nation is that of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Not at least because of they have hit the headlines recently bringing UK airports to a halt after sightings. So what are they and what can they bring to a wedding?

Drones give you high quality video from a different perspective and that bit of a buzz to your wedding. Guests will naturally be inquisitive about it but it’s not about the discussion points on the day it’s the additional edge it brings to videography.

Video shot on the ground can only bring you a limited viewpoint and whilst capturing some amazing moments it doesn’t give you a full appreciation around the wedding venue you have chosen. Drones can take footage of the grounds adding to that perspective. The major consideration in factoring in the usage of such equipment is the weather as high winds can be problematic.

Here is a video clip taken from YouTube. Imagine this video with only a ground level view and you’ll see the value a drone can add to wedding videography.

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So what are the best drones for wedding videography? I guess the answer to this is a personal one just like which is the best phone to buy. Popular brands such as DJI provide good quality backed by a top end reputation.

On this basis then it’s no surprise the best drone on the market is the dji mavic air, capable of shooting 4k video at 60 FPS. Lightweight at 430g it’s capable of a range of 6.2 miles. Flight time is limited to around 21 minutes without wind so using this means careful selection of when it’s utilised. The price tag comes in below the £1k mark at £729. If this sounds like it’s hitting the criteria you can buy the Dji Mavic Air at Amazon.

Folded up image of the DJI Mavic Air drone used for wedding videography

At a lower quality rate of 1080p but over a third of the price is the Parrot Bepop 2. With 25 minutes flight time and weighing 500g this is a viable option. A very handy feature for wedding videography is the ‘follow me’ function allowing you to track a certain person in the shot. For only £439 from the manufacturer this is a great entrance in to a market that opens opportunities to improve your wedding video. To view more details or to buy the Parrot Bepop 2 from Amazon click here

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