By Neelam Jain Last Updated:
Until a few years back, it was DSLRs, high crane and jib cameras that made wedding stories stand out. But, now there is something else in the air that’s catching the fancy of demanding couples. To have oodles of attitude and style added to their emotionally charged event, couples are opting for high-tech filming equipment called drones or drone cameras. For quite a few years now, this new versatile gear is finding space in Indian skies to turn a wedding video into something cool and captivating. The camera-on-air is aiming to ‘wow’ the soon-to-be-weds for their lifetime by capturing the many moods of their precious moments with fun and a different flair.
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The sky is the limit for this quirky object as it soars high in the sky, glides over your head, zooms in and snaps the finest shots and you do not even get to know. This ‘spy in the sky’ is a must-have in weddings nowadays for its unique clicking abilities. It's stunning bird’s eye-view shots turn a wedding video into a treasured heirloom. And, for those who are passionate to brag of a celebrity-style wedding, the drone-obsession is going higher and higher. Let us look at some qualities of this chic equipment due to which it is gathering more and more fans these days.
Be it for a pre-wedding shoot or a wedding film; nothing can beat the ability of this remote-controlled device to get the most of your creative clicks. Those traditional portraits and straightforward shots are quite efficiently replaced by the sweeping mid-air shots of a drone. It shoots the extravagance and ambience of the ceremony quite amazingly with its overhead and elaborate angles.
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Never did you think that walking down the aisle could have been so great by having your beautiful day being captured from the sky. The self-flying quadcopter captures not only your stage, guests and moments, but also different ‘tempos’ to create a nice panorama of the entire ceremony. It focusses on all the little extras with excellence and makes sure the wedding album comes out to be picture-perfect.
Your nuptial shots from the air can give any Bollywood movie a run for its money. So, this time you need not take a cue from any Bollywood movie to highlight the candid moments of your lavish wedding. The camera in the sky is enough to add a statement and a filmy touch to your extravaganza. This fancy machine will certainly reward your undying love for those perfect movie-themed shots. With no plastic poses and set of standard photographs, drones are there to add an edge to your video, as opposed to a boring wedding film.
Also called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), drones are a new angle to the photo work. Photographer Lalit Gaur, who has rented out a drone recently talks about its technical aspects:
“Being fitted with high-definition cameras like GoPro (very small-sized action cameras), the results are just incredible. Whereas a usual video camera can reach up to a height of 25 to 50 feet, drones have an ability to go beyond 50 to 100 feet in air and capture the effect which otherwise isn’t possible with regular cameras. Wireless drones are also a big relief for the guests who panic tripping over the entangled cables lying on the marriage ground.”
Another photographer Prateek Kashyap of 'Dreamweavers' asserts:
“These are devices controlled through a set of programs like Wi-Fi, GPRS, etc. It runs on batteries, remote controls and is tedious in its arrangement; the reason why we provide only five to six flights of around 8-10 minutes (approx.) each, per wedding. It comes in various sizes and shapes and as for the cost, charges for booking a drone varies between Rupees 10k to 15k.“
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Photographer Rajesh Luthra says:
“If you love that glamour and glitz just oh-so-much, these unmanned gadget are there to steal the show. It can turn out to be a very good device to capture the scale of your elite wedding.”
The stunning effects of a camera following the couple walking down the aisle and capturing their lovely moments on the stage will amaze your guests like never before. Needless to mention, it will be a big style statement and it will make your wedding a much-talked-about affair for a long time.
Despite all the positive aspects, there are certain rules and regulations to be followed to fly off this unmanned object. Photographer Gulzar Sethi alerts us about the most basic thing:
“The fun-looking gadget is an aircraft and certainly not a toy; the reason why it’s under a legal microscope. So, without obtaining administrative permissions there are chances you undergo police enquiries or even arrest. The flights of the drones are restricted owing to the property damage, danger zones and other security issues.”
So, after making sure it is allowed in your venue, other factors to consider are space and setting of the venue. In a compact space, enclosed halls or indoor banquets, there is no guarantee that it will not collide with an object or a person. Even though it is safe in expert hands, you cannot completely rely on it. Also, drones are not your full-time photographer either. Double-checking of batteries, lengthy set-up and its weight make it inadequate to operate full-time. So, it’s just a short video that you can capture with a drone. Also, some of your guests might get irritated by it as its keeps buzzing all the time.
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Looking for a new and innovative way is very much okay to have people say that your wedding was the best wedding of all times. However, with anything new come plenty of provisions and safety measures. Also, the same holds true for drones. Before planning to steal the show with the new flying cameras, make sure you have all the necessary rules and paperwork discussed with the concerned authorities. Once you are done with that, it is completely okay to use the equipment in your venue. After all, you would not like your D-day to be disrupted and spoilt for anything in the world.