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Becoming an expert drone flyer takes practice. The best operators can navigate through trees, buildings and even people. But, drone flight isn’t about how fast you can fly, but rather how steady and slow you can fly to produce silky smooth shots. Take the time to get familiar with the drone and how it operates. Get to know all the fancy buttons and gizmos so that when you are ready to film, you can ensure the best shot possible.

Furthermore, another reason to practice flying slowly is to ensure your footage is as smooth as possible. Many times, beginners rush into flying, zipping around and making sharp/abrupt turns. In reality, this causes the footage to be shaky and unstable. By getting a firm grip on drone controls and flight, you will notice the quality of your shots will increase dramatically.

Rule of thumb says this, “slow is more cinematic.” It gives the viewer the impression that you are filming from a large platform or expensive rig. It creates the suspense and drama needed to entertain the audience. Flying slowly also gives the operator a sense of creativity when shooting an establishing shot. Landscapes can be revealed, action shots can be tracked, and much more. Take a look below on how a drone flying slowly can really set the scene!

*Pro tip – To execute slow, steady drone shots, make sure you are very nimble with the RC stick (joysticks controlling the drone. By using gradual movements and minimizing fast accelerations or decelerations, your shot will look professional!*

Last, but not least, make it a priority to pre-plan your shot. Knowing when and where to fly beforehand makes it easier to navigate through obstacles at a slow and steady pace. Do your homework beforehand and remember, practice makes perfect!

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