1.Get initiated into long exposure photos
Long exposure aka time exposure photography makes use of a slower shutter speed to capture motionless objects clearly, while blurring dynamic ones.
In order to make long exposure photos with your drone, you first need to find a device that can handle it. An example would be the Mavic Air 2, with a camera that has a slow enough shutter speed to yield you sharp results.
Then, you’ll need to install the DJI Go app on your phone and adjust the camera settings. Make sure everything is set to manual and keep ISO at 100. After this, play with the various shutter speed levels until you get the best photos.
Keep in mind that long exposure photos are best done in the evenings or at night. Taking good long exposure in the day requires some practice.
2.Get into drone racing
When you become familiar with the do’s and don’ts of flying a drone, the next step is drone racing.
Did you know that drones can reach over 100 mph? The world record for the fastest flying drone belongs to Ryan Gury and his team of engineers, who built the DRL RacerX with only a thing in mind: speed. This custom-built drone will fly as fast as 179.6 mph!
Most commercial GPS quadcopters will reach around 40 mph, but if you look well enough, you’ll find a good racing drone at a decent price.
If you plan on getting serious about it, you could enter the Drone Racing League. When you feel ready, follow these steps to join the elite:
- Download the DRL simulator on Steam or Xbox
- Register for the tryouts
- Reach the top 24 in the qualifying round
- Go up the ranks and become a professional drone racer
3.Profit with cool work opportunities
Developing a drone hobby and combining it with photography has the potential to become a very lucrative side gig. Even as a beginner, you have a strong chance of working in a number of fields.The demand for drone photography is that huge.
For example, you could work as a:
- real estate agent
- news contributor
- wedding photographer
Becoming a blogger is probably the easiest way to make a few extra bucks with your drone photography skills. All you have to do is:
- Go to WordPress and create a free account
- Select a template and play with the settings
- Make it attractive for the niche you’re looking to enter
- Monetize it with affiliate links, or
- Sell your original content
When you’re ready to become serious about it, you can build your website from scratch, with a unique domain and your own content writers.
You will need to learn some photo and video editing in the process, but it’ll make a difference in the end product. For starters, if you invest some effort into a free WordPress blog, it might prove a launch pad to a successful career..
4.Spend more time outside
A major advantage of drones is that they get us out of our homes. You can’t fly your drone inside without breaking anything, especially at the beginning.
Personally, I was an absolute homebody before I got a drone. Ever since then, I go out at least twice a week to explore my surroundings. Once, I went on a walk farther than I regularly do, and discovered a beautiful camping place with the help of my drone.
It helps that I live in a relatively wild area, with a large forest around, but I’m sure you would discover cool places in the city as well.
So get your drone outside and be amazed by the wonder of flying to great heights.
5.Capture unique memories on your vacation
Flying a drone can make vacation time worth it by helping you capture unique memories.
And the best part is that smaller drones like the DJI Mini 2 are quiet and won’t disturb anyone. Plus, most are really not that much of a burden, weighing as little as 8-10 ounces, so you can take them with you at the airport without killing your back.
Imagine you’re on a safari in the plains of Africa. You see a pack of opportunistic jackals swarming around a small antelope. How on Earth would you capture that without ruining the whole event?
The short answer is: you wouldn’t. You would have to get dangerously close to the animals and you’d probably scare them away or they would attack you.
With a drone, you can film everything from start to finish without disturbing the animals.
Imagine your friend’s reaction when they see the video. Incomparable to a clip made from a distance with any phone or ground camera.
6.Learn soldering and build your own drone
Once you start a drone hobby, it’s likely that you will become a collector. At first, you’ll buy more entry-level equipment. Then, you’ll get progressively better gear.
Entry-level equipment doesn’t last forever. When your old drone won’t start for whatever reason, that’s a perfect opportunity to learn some electrician’s skills.
For example, technical issues with drones often have to do with bad soldering. You could learn to solder, and I’m sure mastering this kind of skill will come in handy.
Soldering will also be essential if you want to build your own custom drone, because that’s how you assemble its electronic pieces together.
7.Reach the next level with drone programming
What’s more exciting than taking an old drone into pieces and rebuilding it? Coding its software. Drone programming is becoming a highly valued skill in our times, and you can even make a career out of it.
Not all drones can be programmed. If you want to play developer, you’ll need suitable gear. A good programmable drone for beginners is Tello.
Once you have understood the parts of your drone, the next step is to get up to speed with the right programming language.
C and C++ are useful for low-level programming, which governs the way in which adrone’s firmware communicates with its parts. On the other hand, for high-level programming, you’ll need to become familiar with Python.
High-level programming has to do with the actual drone’s applications, for example setting up your drone to fly to a certain location via GPS, and linking this function to an app.
Don’t worry, Python is one of the most straightforward programming languages and you will understand it even if you have zero experience in the field.
8.Experiment with underwater drones
Flying in the skies is one thing, but you’re sure to have a blast when you discover underwater drones, which help you explore underwater environments remotely.
Underwater drones have distinctive parts like a tethering cable for signal transmission, LED lamps, cameras, sensors and propulsive devices.
You need an underwater drone if you want to:
- Explore the aquatic flora and fauna in clear waters
- Make repairing your boat ten times easier
- Collect biological samples from the bottom of the sea for research
- Take close-up pictures of fish
- Make fishing a lot easier
9.Use your drone for fishing
Whether you’re angling, jigging, trolling or fly fishing, drones can help you size up your catch in two major ways.You can send a drone up in the air to locate fish in the water or use it to cast your bait a lot farther than you would with your bare hands.
You can drop the bait right where you want it with the help of a drone, in the areas most replete with fish. However, be aware that it’s forbidden to pull a fish out of the water with it, according to the International Fish and Game Association.
Ask yourself what you want from a fishing drone. When you compare fishing drones, consider battery life, GPS capabilities, cable range and camera quality.
10.Become a drone journalist
Soaring with your drone above the ground can help you capture noteworthy events that may end up in the local news. Drone journalism has multiple advantages like affordability, ease of use and immediate access to any location.
US TV stations already use drones to document their news, so you could become a collaborator and earn a dime in this manner. For example, you could capture footage of a local event or you may catch a thief right in the act.
When protests are amplifying and lead to riots or situations like the strange state-within-a-state case from Seattle last year, flying your drone to the spot seems a much better idea than going there in person.
11.Learn drone video editing
Drone video editing is no different from standard video editing, but it can open up many more opportunities (in terms of hobbies, as well as popularity and work opportunities).
My suggestion is to experiment with creating cinematic videos of your surrounding landmarks and city and post them on youtube, facebook and any other video platform out there.
You'll find out people will start messaging you for jobs and you'll get quite popular quickly.