Drone videography – how hard is it?

Flying a drone commercially to film videos is a great addition to our services. In this blog I want to talk about the learning curve required to do it. Not only do you need to have an excellent understanding of the technology and equipment, but you must also have the skills and knowledge to fly it safely and professionally.

Step 1: Get Certified

There are two IDs you may need before flying drones or model aircraft outdoors in the UK.

  • Flyer ID, which shows you’ve passed the basic flying test
  • Operator ID, which must be labelled on your drone or model aircraft

We hold an A2 CofC qualification. A2 CofC is the training course and qualification needed to operate in the A2 Subcategory of the OPEN Category* under the new UAS regulations. This drone training course covers theory such as the basic principles of flight, operating in congested areas, how to avoid collisions, battery safety, and how to operate depending on a range of environmental factors.

*The ‘open’ category is one of the three categories of operation. This category covers flights with drones which pose a low risk and therefore do not require authorization to operate.

Step 2: Practice Flying

After you obtain your certification, it is time to start practicing flying. Start by learning the basics, such as taking off and landing, hovering, and manoeuvring in different directions. Once you feel comfortable with the basics, you can move on to more advanced manoeuvres, such as flying in different weather conditions and operating the camera system. Additionally, you should also learn how to perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting on your drone.

Step 3: Master Video Filming Techniques

As a professional drone pilot, you will also need to master video filming techniques. This includes understanding different camera angles, framing, and composition. You should also learn how to adjust camera settings, such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

Step 4: Safety First

Safety should always be your top priority when flying a drone commercially. You need to understand the regulations and restrictions for flying in different areas, such as near airports or over people. Additionally, you should always check your equipment before flying, maintain a safe distance from obstacles and people, and monitor the weather conditions to avoid potential hazards.

Learning to fly a drone commercially to film videos requires a significant learning curve. It involves obtaining certification, practicing flying, mastering video filming techniques, and prioritizing safety.

The next step is getting into FPV (first person view) drones, but that’s for another story…

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