commercial, then you need to get registered, and that is called getting a Part ;;;
license, with the FAA.
CC: Do drones typically have cameras
DD: Most of the toy drones probably don’t
have a camera. But as soon as you get into
just a couple of hundred dollars for a
drone, it’s going to have a camera.
CC: Are there certain locations that are
better for drone photography than others?
DD: You definitely want to fly in a big open
spot. This is just to prevent you from accidentally flying into a tree, hitting a power
line [or] hitting a building. My favorite
place to fly is in a really big open field. My
next favorite place to fly is the desert. I’m
now flying a lot at the beach, but some people are not super comfortable with flying
their drone over water.
CC: Typically, how long does the battery
last between charges, and how do you
know when the charge is waning?
DD: The batteries are getting to be pretty
impressive now. We’re getting about ;; to
for drone pilots
B4UFLY. Helps determine whether there are
any restrictions or requirements in effect at
the location where you want to fly. Available
free in the App Store for iOS and Google
Play store for Android.
UAV Forecast. Checks the weather to be
sure conditions are optimal for flying and
photography. Available free in the App Store
for iOS and Google Play store for Android.
DD: I recommend getting a toy drone and
practicing a lot or playing with the flight
simulator and practicing that a lot. Get
an extra battery. Twenty, ;; minutes can
go really quick, and you’re probably going
to want to get right back up and fly. You
don’t want to be left out in the field with
Get a nice case or backpack or something to transport the drone. I also suggest
getting a memory card that is big enough
so that you don’t have to pop it out each
time because it’s filling up. And print out a
little sheet so you can remember the rules
before you go flying. Then, check out some
drone apps. There are a lot of awesome
drone apps that give you data on no-fly
zones, weather, etc. This can be really
helpful so that you’re a more informed
pilot. Another thing that may be really
helpful for someone just getting started
would be to join a drone photography community online. C
;; minutes of flight time.
Controllers will give you read-outs that let you know how
much battery time you have left,
if you’re recording or taking a
picture, how strong the signal is
between the controller and the
drone, and GPS data. They’re
CC: Is there a typical number
of pictures you can take?
DD: It depends on the size of the
memory card in the controller
or in the drone. Most of them
use an SD mini card. The cards
that I’m using these days are
either ;; gigabytes or ;;, and
I’ve never filled one up. So that’s
plenty of storage.
CC: What are some of the rules
and regulations people should
be aware of when they’re ;ying
DD: Not flying over ;;; feet [in
altitude]. That’s to create a buffer between how high a drone can
go and how low manned aircraft
go. You can’t fly at night. You
can’t fly over people that haven’t
given you permission. And you
can’t fly over airports, or even
close to an airport. You can get
special permission if you want to
fly at night or if you want to fly in
an area that’s off-limits. You can
try applying for special permission to the FAA. [For more rules, go to
CC: What about safe ;ying?
DD: If everyone is in the mindset of veering
right, then you will naturally avoid each
other going in opposite directions. And
don’t fly in severe weather.
CC: What should people consider before
getting into drone photography?
Online drone pilot
The following sites are great places to find like-minded drone enthusiasts and more information:
From Where I Drone
Drone Photography Talk Forum
Drone Pilots Network
Know Before You Fly
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