With our lives now laid out for all to see on a multitude of platforms, it’s not surprising that the rise of drone content has helped fuel a new wave of bloggers, Instagrammers and travel elite. But what was once available to only those with a large amount of expendable income or to those with videography experience is now becoming more commonplace.
Here is a quick overview of what you need to get your droning off the ground and a couple of things to keep in mind.
The drone itself is the most important part. There are a couple of suppliers out there, but Chaps pick is DJI all the way. They have developed a wide range of entry to mid tear drones suitable for all budgets.
If you are looking for something just to capture those holiday shots the DJI Spark is a great starting place. For something that will get you a professional shot and look* you can’t go past the Mavic Pro 2. We will cover drone specs in more detail in our review section.
Once you have this sorted here are few essential extras:
- 2 Extra batteries
- ND filters (are a must)
- Spare propellers
- 60 GB SD card Sandisc extreme pro is a good starting place (check the read and write speed, this becomes important when shooting long shots with a lot of detail)
- External hard drive
- Travel bag a good brand is Lowpro, check out their flipside range
- Editing software – Adobe suite or Final cut pro
*check out our upcoming editing guide to get that great final look.
These days most of the drones are intuitive to pilot but you need to be mindful of local laws, most countries don’t allow you to fly within 50 meters of developed areas unless you have permission, and over a height of 120m is a pretty standard max flight height.
If you are a gamer getting the hang of piloting will be a breeze, but practice makes perfect. A couple of pre-flight tips:
- Check for nearby radio towers and anything that puts out a magnetic field, it can cause havoc with your connection to the drone
- Ensure none of your props have any chips or damage
- Clear your SD card (an easy one to forget!)
- Make sure you are in an area that you can maintain a clear line of sight of your drone
- Check the flight restriction zones – dji go app is great for this (we don’t need or want a repeat of Gatwick)!
One last final tip to get started. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with editing software and are more interested in getting cool little edits to show your friends and family, our top two suggestions are Quik view for video and Lightroom CC (mobile version) for photos.
Whether it’s for your personal memories or for the ambition of becoming an insta famous traveller, drones are now becoming a must-have piece of kit. Keep your eye on our guy in the sky at Chap for more tips and drone content being featured in our chap travel diaries.