By Marcus L Jimenez
TV and film industries often require having aerial shots in their projects because this contributes a lot in the impressive cinematography. The view from top can really present an impressive picture in the eyes of the viewers. Companies that offer aerial film and photo services that being in this field require a lot of skills and creative perspective. Plus, the vertical movement of filming allows them to get really creative with the depth of field and focus when capturing scenes and to provide a clearer emotional language.
However, getting aerial shots does not always entail better results. Some challenges arise and these obstacles affect both the process and "product" of aerial shots. The main obstacle to this kind of photography or filming is the weather. As we all know, it is very unpredictable and even if you got the weather forecast for the day of filming, you cannot be too sure that the weather conditions for filming will remain the same. Aerial filming is best carried out on clear and cloudy days with very little wind, but because the weather can become quite fickle, the ideal conditions can quickly transform into a potentially dangerous situation.
According to seasoned aerial videographers, damp and cold weather are the worst things that could happen in a shoot. Rain, mist and fog prevent clear shots from being taken. Another issue to deal with during such conditions is how the low temperature paired with high altitude can freeze props. Strong winds also prevent the shoot from being carried out properly. They mess with the stability of the aircraft and camera equipment. But more than that, it's simply very dangerous to be up in the air when there are powerful winds. Drones can take over when air conditions are dangerous for flight, but it will be difficult to control or stabilise them since they're more lightweight; they need to be repositioned often.
The other obstacle is air traffic congestion in certain locations. If filming is done anywhere near an airport or a place that's being monitored by aerial robots, it's going to be challenging to find that right and clear spot in the air for the perfect shot. Also, when there's air traffic, filming schedules automatically get compromised.
Aerial filming has definitely upgraded TV and film cinematography, which is amazing. However, carrying it out surely comes with its own challenges. That is why it's imperative to work with highly experienced service providers that have finely honed techniques and systems. Partnering with them can ensure a quick and effective process that delivers the best results.