When you do drone photography, you often ask yourself a lot of questions, especially if you are a beginner. Even if you are not a beginner, there are a lot of things you need to keep in mind. In this article, we bring you a drone photography checklist that will make your life much easier. This checklist will help you to be more prepared before you go out to the field.
DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY CHECKLIST – WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE STILL AT HOME?
You should always plan your shootings before you go out into the field; this will make everything much easier. There are three important things you should keep in mind when you do drone photography; weather conditions, location and local laws and regulations.
Air space and location
You need to have a legal permission to fly in a certain air space. Even if you are allowed to fly in the airspace, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about anything else. You need to check if there are other aircrafts, helicopter pads, airports, paragliding clubs. Also, keep in mind that there might be other drones flying.
Although it may seem that an airspace and the location are the same, they’re not. It’s possible that you can technically fly in a certain airspace, but if the local regulations do not allow it, you can’t fly there. This is why is important that you check local laws and regulations. There are certain national parks where it’s not allowed to fly drones, you can’t fly near the airports, etc.
Another thing you should consider is the permission of the landowner where you plan to launch your drone. Always check for more information and seek for permission if needed.
You may not be a big fan of a weather forecast, but when it comes to drone flying it’s a very important factor. You should always check the speed of the wind, possible rain or thunderstorm. Check the forecast and weather radars before going out with your drone.
Before going out, you always think about what items do you need. Did I forget something important? What additional accessories should I bring? You will absolutely need items like landing pads, memory card and neutral density filters. Check if your batteries are fully charged. Check your drone if everything is working properly. Update your drone software.
AT THE LOCATION
When you come at the location where you plan to fly your drone, check for any possible dangers in the sky or around that could disturb your flight experience. Even when you are flying your drone, keep an eye for distractions like weather conditions, animals or children playing nearby. Go as far as possible from the people. You can even carry bright cones to mark the area where your launchpad will be to warn other people that this is a place where a drone will be taking off and landing.
Before you start with the flight, calibrate the compass. Check if you put the memory card in the drone.
AFTER THE FLIGHT
When you end up with your flight, check if everything is turned off properly. Check your drone for any possible damage. Check if you packed all the accessories you brought (especially drone ND filters). Copy all your images and videos from your micro SD card and then format your SD card so it will be prepared for your next flight.
Checklists and planning are very helpful in any kind of photography. You don’t have to worry about lot of things and you can focus on more important things. You can expand this one and create your own checklist which will suit your needs.