Practice makes perfect.
I'm nowhere near perfect on many fronts, not least of which my drone piloting skills. However the more you fly the more you learn and gain confidence. So yesterday evening I had a lot of fun shooting some video from above the mill at Milford, Co. Carlow.
No audio track on the video unfortunately, as I need to find a "sanely" priced source of music that I actually like. Youtube has a reasonable selection of music available, but I've got quite specific taste 🙂
I'm getting more confident flying the drone at higher altitudes and further away from me. Of course the downside to flying from the river bank is that you can end up, like I did, with your view obstructed by trees. So at one point last night the only way I could control the drone was via its camera, as the trees along the bank were completely blocking my view. Yet another lesson learnt!
Also I've now got my head around controlling the camera's angle. It's not perfect by a long shot, though I am getting better. As was pointed out to me "less sky and more down", so the camera angle in the video above reflects that change. Of course if you wanted to you could have the camera pointing straight down, but I'm not sure that view would be that interesting. Only one way to find out I guess!
The equipment I'm using is the DJI Phantom 3 Standard (aff).
I also have a couple of spare batteries, as the battery life is only 20 minutes, which you can burn through quite quickly without even noticing.
I'm an iPhone user so I'm using my iPhone 6 in the cradle of the DJI's remote. At the moment I'm not doing any fancy post-processing, so what you see is what I shot without any changes.