Drone shot of Seattle, Washington on a sunny afternoon in summer from over Capitol Hill, looking across the First Hill neighborhood towards the Central Business District.

Establishing Shots Stock Footage & Videos

An establishing shot is a critical opening scene that creates context for the scenes to come and connects the audience to your film or video. iStock carries a wide variety of stock and unique establishing shot videos in urban, rural, or natural environments. iStock also has establishing shots taken by drones, and in 4K, slow motion, or zoom in/out styles. Find your perfect establishing shot today!

Unique establishing-shots finds from our Signature collection

iStock’s ever-growing Signature collection features millions of authentic images—including these awe-inspiring establishing-shots videos—that you won’t find on any other stock site.

Aerial view of a Japanese city at night

Aerial view of a Japanese city at night. Okayama, Japan. Filmed in accordance with the Japanese drone regulation with fully granted permits. Shot in 4K

Oro Valley, Arizona Housing Construction - Aerial

Slow backwards pull over tract housing under construction in Oro Valley, under Arizona's Santa Catalina Mountains.

Aerial shot of a mother and daughter relaxing by the riverside in a hammock

Aerial shot of a mother and daughter relaxing by the riverside in a hammock. Filmed in accordance with the Japanese drone regulations with fully granted permits. Shot in 4K Okayama, Japan.

Shimmering Reflections in Dallas Office Buildings at Night

Drone shot of freeway traffic reflected in the curtain wall of illuminated office towers in Dallas, Texas at night.