You’ve waited months for this moment. You’ve dropped hints about the drone you wanted this Christmas like throwing out candy at a parade. Maybe you left pictures of the DJI Mavic Pro on top of that stack of magazines on your coffee table (and every other available surface of your house), or mentioned the word ‘drone’ several times per conversation just to make sure your message was clear. And then the morning arrived. Christmas. The first one up and to the tree, you bounced on the balls of your feet waiting to get your hands on your gifts, inpatient to see if all your hint-dropping had paid off. You tore through that wrapping paper and there it was. The drone you’d been hoping for was finally in your hands.
Now that Christmas is over and you’ve had time to get to know how your new drone works, it’s time for the fun to begin. Altitude Motion Media recommends reading all of the manufacturer’s instructions, and our own tips on winterizing (http://www.altitudemotion.com/blog/2017/12/tips-on-flying-your-drone-in-the-winter) in order to fully enjoy your new drone. Some of our favorite activities can be done now, and are a great way to get to know your drone!
Race or Challenge Your Friends
You finally have your drone─why not take it out for a spin and see what it can do? A little friendly competition can help you get used to how your drone handles and maneuvers. Once you get a handle on flying your drone, you can look up local drone racing events and put your newly acquired skills to the test. If you’re feeling sociable, join or start a group in your area.
Make a Movie
In recent years, Hollywood has used drones to capture those hard-to-shoot aerial shots, and now you can too. While drones tend to be a bit noisy for film, you can use drones to get those hard-to-reach angles that you can’t get from the ground. The results could be spectacular. Use your drone to make a movie of family get-togethers or your pets. It’s great practice for when the temperatures rise.
Take Epic Selfies
Drones like the DJI spark make taking selfies a breeze. The small, compact bodies give them the upper hand on delivering clean and concise images, as well as make them easy to take with you on-the-go. Grab your friends, and get ready for the perfect selfie (#dronefie).
Drone Air Show
Put on an air show with a group of friends or drone club and put your flying skills to the test. Be sure to check your city and state regulations first, to ensure you are within city and state ordinances.
Aerial Photography and Videography
Take pictures and video of the nature and wildlife in your area, natural and historical landmarks, buildings, and other interesting people, places, or things. Don’t forget to take your drone with you on your next vacation or family outing to capture pictures of the amazing sights from a different view, like the whales we captured off the coast of California a few years ago. https://youtu.be/Yd7ct4RCJWM
Aerial photography is also a great way to get a look at your own house and yard. Check your gutters without climbing a ladder, inspect your roof for things that could cause a lot of damage later, while your feet stay safely planted on the ground. Not sure where that frisbee landed? Check it out with the drone. You can even spy on your pets from the comfort of your porch.
What are you waiting for? Grab your drone and go have fun! We’ll see you next time.
-The Altitude Motion Media Team