9 Do's and Don'ts of Working with a Drone
Here are a few tips that will make your next drone session a success.
Zipping through the air shooting spectacular images with a drone can be tons of fun, but you might want to educate yourself on a few common sense measures you can take to ensure that your experience is not only advantageous for you but safe and considerate of others along your flight path. In the video below, Mark Wallace of Adorama TV shares a bunch of things you'll want to know before you go out and capture images with your drone, including piloting, caring for, and traveling with them. Check it out below:
Good drone piloting has less to do with being able to do corkscrews and loop-the-loops and more to do with knowing how to be safe, considerate, and creative when you're flying. Also, you'll need to get up to speed on your local drone laws, or the drone laws in the area in which you'll be flying, to make sure you're not in danger of breaking any.
Aside from safety and legal concerns, working with drones means a lot of preparation. Sure, you can take yours out for a nice, unplanned flight if you're just messing around, but that may not be such a good idea if you're working on a serious project for a film or client. Basically, the key to a good drone session is keeping your drone up in the air for as long as it takes to capture all of the footage you need. This means carrying extra batteries and props, checking the weather, and not taking too many that might negatively affect your shoot, like staying in the air too long and having your battery die on you mid-flight.
Wallace mentions a bunch of great tips in the video:
- Hold your shots for longer than you think you need to.
- Don't annoy people. Be considerate of others.
- Make sure you're legal.
- Pay attention to wind gusts.
- Don't be a knucklehead and fly dangerously.
- Find an open space to learn how to fly your drone.
- Stock up on extra batteries and propellers.
- Use a case/bag to protect your drone, especially the gimbal.
- If you're traveling on a plane, make sure to check your drone.
What are some other things drone users should keep in mind when piloting, maintaining, and traveling with their drones? Let us know down in the comments.