Getting Started with Drones

As more and more drone products are being produced, with ever increasing capabilities, they are becoming more and more popular for personal use. Whether you just want to fly a drone for fun, or whether you wish to take awesome aerial photos, there are a few things to keep in mind as you go about selecting and learning how to use a drone.

As far as technique goes in flying a drone, a certain amount of practice will be necessary before you really start to get the hang of it. Muscle memory comes into play, and the only way to develop that is through practice. There are smart phone apps that will give you simulator practice before doing the real thing. During the first attempts to fly your drone, observe safety protocols by staying away from people, power lines, trees, and buildings—after all, a drone can be dangerous if used improperly. Avoid windy conditions and other forms of bad weather. There will always be another day to fly. Always make sure that the battery is fully secured and the propellers fully attached. Some drones have an easy flight mode that is great for beginners. While some drones have a GPS feature that will aid return to the home base, it’s a good idea to always keep the drone in visual sight. And of course always be sure to observe any drone regulations that may be in place for your particular locale.

Drones are quite popular for their filming capabilities, and they enable everyday users to get high production filming results without the need for a big Hollywood-style budget. Just think—you don’t need an expensive helicopter or plane, nor do you need a crane—and everything can fit inside your backpack! Slow movement is good, and a gradual rise in elevation can provide incredible views of the surrounding territory. With fluid movements in your flight pattern, people watching your video will have a harder time realizing that it was done with a drone! Pre-plan what and how you are going to film, and for best results use a monitor so that you can actually see what you are filming, rather than having to guess.

Drones have an advantage over helicopters in that they can fit into tighter spots. For example, you might be able to fly your drone through a narrow valley that a helicopter wouldn’t fit or be able to try. Of course, there is always a risk in flying your drone through a tight space that you could crash, potentially ruining your drone. Be sure to do a risk analysis for any maneuver that will be more challenging.

If you intend to use your drone for filming, keep the type of cameral in mind. Some drones have their own dedicated camera, while others can even make use of your mobile phone to do the filming.

We hope that you have found this article educational. Let’s face it: drones are fun!

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