Drone Tips for Beginners- From a Pro!

Drone, Drone Tips for Beginners- From a Pro!

Learn how to make incredible videos like this:

The equipment Mavic Man used to make this:

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What he says about the DJI Mavic Pro Drone:

The footage which the drone produces is high quality and the image stabilization is one of the best on the market. It is easy to set up and use. You can quickly learn the controls and lock it onto things you want to follow. It has an outrageously long range to which is one factor which makes it better than the Go Pro competitor- the karma drone.

If you’re a keen traveller then I also suggest you use  the DJI Mavic Pro. This is because it is so compact and easy to store away. You can put it in your bag and you barely realise its there.

Another example of the DJI Mavic Pro image quality:

Drone, Drone Tips for Beginners- From a Pro!
One of Mavic Mans incredible sunsets captured from his drone.
Who is Mavic Man?

I’m Mavic Man, I’m 33, a father of 2 and I live in South Hams, Devon. I consider it to be the most beautiful place in the world. This is why I took up flying a drone. I want to show  you that the world is an amazing and beautiful place, I want to get you to appreciate what we have!

I’ve always been in to photography and film making but nothing has quite satisfied me until I got a DJI mavic pro drone. I can finally get the spectacular shots that I’ve been looking for.

These are my 5 top tips for flying and using a drone to be safe and to get the best out of your drone.

1. Check your drone before you fly

OK, you’ve got your drone and you’re eager to fly. But before you hit the sticks, there are some things you’ve got to check first, whether you’re flying for the first time or the 50th time. Always go through a pre-flight checklist, just like a real pilot: are the batteries charged and properly inserted? Are all parts in place and in good condition? Are the propellers and screws secure? Going through these checks – and others – helps to ensure that you won’t be surprised by a sudden failure while flying. Which of course will be very, very expensive!

2. Learn the controls

Mastering the controls is the key to early success with drone piloting. Start with the basics – your left stick is throttle (up/down) and yaw (left/right). Your right stick is pitch (up/down) and roll (left/right). Learn what each type of movement means, and what it looks like. Start by focus on just one – throttle – and gradually mix in new elements one at a time. Don’t try to take on too much at once. Perhaps print off an instruction list, then print it out or keep it up on your tablet to refer to in the field.

3. Practice, practice, practice

Getting good with a drone requires practice, just like any other skill. Go to a large area free of obstacles and just practice the basics. Learn what each button and function of your drone does, practice using them together and in combination. Continue practicing by yourself for weeks, until you feel comfortable with the controls and confident that you can handle your drone in more challenging conditions.

4. Always obey the law and fly safely

You should always read drone laws for your area before flying. Different countries, cities and areas have different rules and regulations for you to follow. It’s important that you follow these to prevent injuries or legal problems. For example, many countries don’t permit the flying of drones above airports, above a certain elevation, or over populated areas (e.g. London). As well as obeying the letter of the law, you should also try to follow its spirit – even if laws aren’t yet on the books. Consier your behaviour and avoid actions that have the potential to cause harm to others, like flying over crowds or near animals. For the UK, have a look at the CAA website.

5. Think outside the box

just because you have a drone don’t just put it up to the maximum high and film everything from up there, get in the action. Some of my best shorts come from low down, like flying close to water or just above the try tops. Fly and film like your filming something you would want to watch. This also links to the rules of photography and the importance to consider layers and angles. For photography tips click here.

One last note:

Just have fun but be safe.

I can’t recommend flying a drone enough, its so much fun and gets you out and about seeing more and more of the world and from a different perspective.

Check out Mavic Mans Instagram and Youtube

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Author Details
Founder and creator of The Adventure Diary, I have extensively travelled Europe over the last 3 years. Having started as a part-time travel blogger I am now in the position where my blog is my career. Travelling, adventuring and exploring new places in the world is my main passion. For me sharing my passion for travel with others and having the platform to do that through my blog is very important.
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  1. I have been toying the idea of getting a drone… but I also have a five year old who is far too interested in flying things! so it might have to wait :/ it’s awesome though

  2. wow this video is amazing! I wanna buy drone forever now but I feel I would break it after first try of flying it! But I find it amazing, especially when I travel so much ! I might get it as a gift to my husband so he can make me videos 😀 Thanks for this great recommendation !

  3. Great post! I I have been thinking about getting a drone for a while but I don’t know if I would want to carry it around all the time, the footage is amazing though!

  4. great article man! drone controlling is not a easy task but, keep practicing it will make you perfect. cropping and composition important part of photography. Camera quality make huge difference, if you are a serious aerial photographer, get The Professional Phantom 3. You will get spectacular photography that can be applied to any type of hobby or business.

  5. Thanks for posting this. I can really use this one for real estate photography, as it’ll be an added advantage on my portfolio! But first I’ve to learn how to control it. Great tips 🙂

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