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10 Helpful Tips For New Drone Users

By Hanssie on June 30th 2015

There’s no doubt that the hot new toy in the last year or so has been the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or drones. It seems like everyone is flying them these days, getting in trouble for trying to destroy one, or flying one where they shouldn’t. If you are considering getting a drone, make sure you check out our article, Things to Consider If You’re Thinking of Getting a UAV [Drone] here.

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The following video, by filmmaker Sebastian Solberg, gives some helpful tips for new drone users to help you get some incredible footage and stay off the evening news while you’re at it. He offers ten tips (all with a huge smile on his face) you should consider before taking your new toy on its inaugural flight. Most of the tips are common sense (which not everyone seems to have judging by some of the drone news stories you hear), but when you’re excited about a new gadget, you may not have considered some of these tips.

The tip that I wish I knew when I tried to fly a drone for the first time is Tip #8: Plan each shot before you take off. I hadn’t realized that a drone’s battery life was about 15 minutes long and ran out of juice long before I was able to get any exciting footage. Rookie mistake. Another important tip is to check the laws regarding drone flight in your specific city/country before you take off.

[REWIND: AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS: MAP SHOWS WHERE YOU CAN AND CANNOT FLY DRONES IN THE US]

Watch Shooting With Drones

Solberg also recommends, in his original post, the DJI Phantom 2 with an H4-3D Gimbal, which takes a GoPro Hero 4 Black; all of which totals around the amount of my rent for July. Meh, having a roof over my head is a little overrated anyhow…

Do you have any tips for us drone noobs? Comment below!

[Via No Film School]

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com. Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Maria Manjelo

    My understanding is that you still can not use these for commercial use. Thats in US. Not sure of other countries.

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  2. Jay Trotter

    I love this young man’s enthusiasm and infectious smile. His video provided some very good points, for those of us that want to try this should, to follow. Just from seeing his short clips you could tell he knows his craft. I hope he goes far with this. I was so impressed I subscribed to his YouTube channel.

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  3. Timothy Going

    I have a friend who has the Gimbal. It is such a sweet little toy. He uses his mostly for play, but I’ve always wondered what kind of shots we could get out of it for a wedding…

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