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Tips & Tricks

A Checklist of Things to Consider Before You Fly Your Drone | Infographic

By Hanssie on July 21st 2015

In California right now, we are dealing with wildfires, flooding, and a drought all at the same time. Last week, due to the activity of drones, firefighting efforts were hampered when as many as 5 drones were seen hovering over the I-15 freeway, impeding the efforts of helicopters that were forced to be grounded to wait for the UAV’s to give way. Last year, we wrote this article on how drones poses a threat to firefighters and we want to remind all drone operators that any drone user that is caught flying over a disaster area could face a hefty fine, up to $25,000.

That being said, the popularity of aerial photography has continually risen in the last few years, and as more and more people add drones to their collection, we’ll see more and more amazing imagery. Getting great shots with a drone takes a lot of practice and in the following infographic, Story & Heart shares some useful tips to think about before taking your drone to the sky.


Matt Brue, a drone operator for over 5 years, founder of Capture Film Co. and educator at the Academy of Storytellers, created the following checklist for those just starting out in the UAV world.


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For you seasoned UAV operators, any tips for the beginners in the group? Comment below.

[Via No Film School]

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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 Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Graham Curran

    Photographers are not alone in having a responsibility to not impede others who are trying to do their job, especially where it can impact on people’s well-being .

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  2. Brandon Dewey

    all great tips!

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