Cameras have come a long way since shaking a polaroid. They’re everywhere now. They’re on bike helmets at motor rallies, on every yard line at a football stadium, and even on drones in the sky. Live events aren’t just about the performance; it’s about broadcasting the performance in a way that makes the viewer feel like they were there. This is why drones are forever changing the way we watch and engage in extreme sports.
Drones are capable of getting camera shots that no person, or other pieces of equipment, could come close to getting. Drones are gyroscopically smooth and capable of mounting every kind of camera from compact 4K devices all the way up to RED cameras. Plus, high maximum speeds mean drones can keep up with any activity, regardless of how extreme that activity may be. This technology is a tour de force of video quality that is unchallenged in the world of extreme sports.
Drones are capable of capturing shots while remaining completely steady in the midst of strong wind or extreme speeds. This allows a drone videographer to get up close and personal with a subject skiing down a mountain, or hover in a half pipe close enough to look at someone’s skateboard hitting the wood. Since drones are completely wireless, these shots can be captured while the videographer is out of harm’s way. When the drone pilot is safe, they can then focus entirely on the safety of the crowd and the subject.
Only ten years ago, camera shots in extreme sports consisted of telephoto lenses on a camera mounted in the distance or jib cameras that were mounted at a fixed vertical point. These options provided us with a bird’s eye view and an up close traditional view. Now drones are making a way for us to see the heart-pounding action as if we’re actually a part of the fun. It’s not just the blood, sweat, and tears that you see. It’s also the mechanics of the sport itself and the lifelike first person perspective of someone who’s just a few feet away.
They’re smooth, they’re capable, and they’re the future of capturing extreme sports. Drones are revolutionizing the way we watch the action. They’re giving us the best seats in the house, even if that house is our own. Drone’s aren’t just showing us what the action looks like, they’re making us a part of the event.