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You want to wow your audience with sunsets, skylines, and possibly selfies.You’ve practiced enough to have a good grip on control and maneuverability, but the next step you want to take is how to set up the perfect shot. Here is a step by step list to get you started on creating that perfect shot!

1. Scope Out the Scene

The first part of creating an awesome shot is to scope out the scene where you are shooting. Look out for obstructions like, tall trees, buildings, and power lines. These will be the biggest hindrances to your flight path if you don’t check out the area beforehand. Also, be sure to observe how populated or condensed the area is. If it is loaded with people walking or sitting around, you will be certain to draw attention. So make sure to fly in a safe space where you can have eyes on the drone at all times.

2. Check Local Weather Conditions

The last thing you want ruining your shot is the weather. By checking the weather beforehand, you guarantee yourself the ease of mind of not having to fly in random gusts of wind or a down pour of rain. If you are shooting in the future, look up local weather trends during that time period. Drones can handle a little bit of wind here and there, but if winds are gusting over 40mph, it will take a heavy toll on battery life and can cause unnecessary shaking.

3. Pre-Plan Your Flight Path

Now that you have checked the location out and scouted out the weather trends, its time to visualize your shot. Every good photographer or videographer has a certain image or video reel in their minds before they actually go out and shoot. Try to imagine flying your drone through the scenery, making a visual mental flight path. By pre-planning your shot, you have a basic idea on how you want your shot to be. It will give you clear direction when you are actually flying.

4. Take Practice Runs

The next step you want to take is doing a few practice runs. Go out to your location that you scouted out, and fly around the path that you envisioned. See if there are any unplanned obstacles or elements that prevent you from getting your shot. After about 2-3 run throughs, you should have a good feel on getting that perfect shot when the time comes. Remember, practice makes perfect!

5. Be Confident

The last and most final step is being confident. Flying a drone can be daunting at first, but once you get the hang of the controls and how to maneuver out of dangerous situations, you’ll be an expert in no time. Trust your instincts and get ready to create some awesome imagery!

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