Flying a drone is not as easy as it seems. Even with the remote control (either with sticks or with touchscreen) on your hand, you and your drone can still get into accidents and thus will end your drone photography hobby. Before flying your new drone, know the basics of piloting it and master these skills to prevent your drone from crashing.

Mastering the remote control

Depending on your drone, it could have a remote control with two joysticks or a remote control with a touchscreen that you simply have to tap and slide your fingers around. Before flying your drone, try to hover it first a few feet above the ground and use the remote control to move it around—forward, backward, in circles, left, and right.

This exercise will give you a good feel on how to handle the remote control and how to manipulate the drone to get where you want it to be.

Know how to configure your remote control

Your control will have different sets of configurations. Usually, the right controls will allow you to move forward, back, left, and right while the left controls will be saved for more complicated movements such as dipping, throttling, flying higher, etc.

You can reconfigure these controls based on your skills and your comfort level. The remote control is configured based on a right-handed pilot. If you are a leftie, you may be more comfortable switching the controls and having your left hand do more with forward, back, left, and right.

Being a multitasker

Flying a drone is all about multitasking. You have to fly the drone while keeping it safe from crashes and accidents. You have to control the cameras and angle the drone toward the shot that you want to take.

You also have to keep in mind the battery levels both of the camera and the drone and land the drone if the level becomes too low. You have to take note of all of these and your hands have to be adept at controlling all the facets of the drone and the camera.

Patience as an important virtue

When studying how to fly a drone or how to take photos using a camera attached to a drone, the process can become frustrating and you may even think of quitting because it is too much work.

As with everything, patience is needed when you have to learn something important or close to your heart. If this is a hobby, a passion, or a business you want to explore, then you have to be patient in learning everything you need about it.