Picture this: the bride is making her way down the aisle, guests have gotten out of their seats with camera phones ready in hand, and the groom is patiently waiting for his lady to make her way down to him. All of a sudden you hear, what sounds like, an angry swarm of bees, towering just a couple of feet overhead.
A video shot by photographer and videographer Adam Rubin of Kaveret has caught the attention of many viewers due to its voyeuristic and cinematic approach of a common scene. The viewer essentially gets to walk beside, behind and above the bride as she makes her way to the altar at the Pelican Hill Resort – footage that is difficult to retrieve without being intrusive. The magical device allowing us to be a part of this moment – the DJI Phantom 4 whirring just overhead.
It is extremely common to witness drones used for wedding videography nowadays, and DJI even created a commercial for the Phantom 3 with this utility in mind.
These breathtaking aerial views are trending amongst newly engaged couples hoping to keep up with the latest in wedding photography & videography. At what point though, do we draw the line between seeing this technology as a means of art versus as a contamination of a pure moment in time?
Without a doubt, drones give us a highly unique perspective of a scene, incapable of being achieved by any ordinary camera system (maybe with the help of a helicopter, but let’s be realistic). Primarily known for its use in landscape and cityscape shots, drones have infiltrated their way into wedding videography providing an exclusive angle unattainable by any other means.
That being said, imagine as guests, or even the groom, try to take in this once-in-a-lifetime moment, but are interrupted by this ‘phantom’ robbing them of their enjoyment. Sure, not all drones fly this close in proximity to the public, and there’s no arguing Rubin created something to marvel at: it’s gorgeous footage. However, it provokes the thought of whether they serve as a unique tool for artistry or as an obtrusive, uninvited guest at a wedding.
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Decide for yourself: