Drones are not as easy to operate as your standard camera – it combines the creativity of photography with the eyes and hand coordination of remote controlling a flying device. While it does seem intimidating, a lot of simple hobbyists have gotten the knack of flying drones. It may take a little bit of an effort but the determination to learn the art of drone photography is key. Here are some things you should expect from operating drone cameras.
Clichéd as it may sound, but the first thing you always have to keep in mind is that safety is key. If you are handling a device that has 4 oscillating blades, it should almost be an instinct that you should approach the activity with an extra level of care. There are so many videos online of drones crashing into things, worse - people. The pain and the inconvenience you would have to deal with especially if you hit a stranger is just not worth it. So before you even think about bringing your drone to a crowded place, make sure that you can manoeuvre it like you could a car.
You also need to be responsible when taking it out to fly outside. It may seem an easier task to do so with all the free air space to manoeuvre but just like airline pilots, the weather will largely affect how you fly your equipment. Checking your environment and understanding how to fly on certain weather types will help flying easier.
Batteries on drones are also not that heavy duty. That being said, discharging batteries on any device can be very frustrating but having that on your drone can cause more than just annoyance. A free-falling drone is not only dangerous to anyone around the area, but it could cause irreparable damage to it as well. Make sure that your device is fully charged and that you do not fly it beyond its actual capacity. Standard drones will fly for about 10 minutes - so maybe set an alarm a few minutes before it actually runs out just so you can have ample time to navigate it back to you safely.
Even after learning from basically flying your drone, the journey does not end there. Flying is one thing, taking photos and videos is another. Although it would not be as complicated as your SLR/DSLR cameras with all the technical jargons, you would still have to sit down and study up on your camera’s functionalities. If not, then you might be missing on all possible amazing footage you could have taken with a poorly prepared camera setting.
After spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on your new equipment, the last thing you want to do is to literally fly it to a tree. And while practice makes perfect, it is definitely advised to begin taking classes before flying your drone. If you are using your drone for a specific purpose such as aerial photographs then I would advise looking into some experts in aerial photography such as this company for the time being, until you get used to handling a drone and are well trained in taking photos with them, it may be worth hiring professionals instead.
A professional environment will help you master your drone in no time. Plus, being around people who have actually done it for years will give you perspective would not have picked up from a manual. Enrolling in a training class also would definitely help you make the most of your drone.
It may take a while for you to master drone photography but once you do, you will open up another dimension of the beauty of this earth that only a few people has the opportunity of creating.