One of the reasons why drone photography has really taken off as an industry is because of how easy it is for anybody to pick up and experiment with it. Drones are available in a variety of price ranges, which is why there is a huge influx of people producing great quality aerial shots.

The drone has become almost synonymous with tablets and smartphones in terms of consumer electronics. Because of this, more and more parents are looking to purchase drones for their children, as it’s a great way to introduce them to another form of photography. Plus, let’s face it, it makes for a great Christmas gift.

However, drones are special pieces of technology, and they’re not as open and shut as a new phone or iPod. There are certain things that you have to consider if you’re going to be buying your kids a drone for drone photography.

The cost

It’s not necessary for you to buy your children a $2,000 drone. There are plenty of beginner drones available on the market today, and some of them run for as little as under a hundred dollars. However, while the drone itself is enough of an expense, you have to consider some additional costs for the drone itself.

The unit itself comes with a few basic accessories, propellers, one battery, and a charger, for most drones, but if you really want to go all out, you’re going to have to buy extras of each. Because drone batteries have a notoriously short battery life, you’re going to have to purchase a few more to get satisfactory flight experience out of it. You might need some additional accessories, like a drone case, and filters.

Different kinds of drones

As we’ve mentioned before, there’s no need to buy your child a professional grade drone, no matter how cool it looks. Buying them a decently priced drone should be enough for them to experiment with and have fun with at the same time without you having a mini heart attack every time they take it out.

There different types of drones available for photography to consider when shopping around for a drone, and they are: the bind-to-fly drones, which requires controller software, ready-to-fly drones, which only needs the propellers and batteries to fly, almost-ready-to-fly drones, which requires assembly, and first-person-video drones, which can stream first-person video.

A drone is not a toy

Above everything else, before your child goes out to shoot drone photography with their new drone, they have to remember that their drone is not a toy. There are drone laws and regulations in place when flying a drone, and you should go over them with your child before they take their drone for its first flight. Make sure your child practices before allowing them to fly their drone in public.