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Back in elementary school you were probably told the phrase safety comes first. Today in our busy lives, it's easy to forget about this simple three-word saying or simply take it for granted. If you get a RC drone, safety should always be on your mind when flying. Like with any remote controlled object, there is always a possibility for control loss or a chance of losing sight of the machine.

The first step to proper drone safety is to follow the rules. Current rules imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration are pretty lax, but stricter regulations for commercial drones are already in the works. Currently, the FAA requires drone users to not fly near manned aircrafts, keep the drone's weight below 55 pounds and stay at least five miles away from airports. If you fly a drone for business purposes, you must get approval from the FAA. Lastly, you are expected to stay below 400 feet.

Once you get a grasp on FAA rules and regulations, you should look into joining an aircraft club. This will not only introduce you to people with a similar interest, but also give you a way to learn a ton and offer a location where you can ask questions and get whatever help you may need. Several UAV organizations offer flying lessons, which will make you more comfortable when controlling your drone.

The first couple of times you fly your drone, you should avoid people and pets at all cost. Try to stick to an open field or your backyard. Flying a drone is more difficult than it looks. It will take quite a few runs to become a skilled pilot. Really, the only time you should be flying in an area surrounded by pedestrians is if you need to gather crowd footage. If that isn't the case, you should stay away from people to lower the risk of injury.

Next, you'll want to complete a pre-flight checklist. It is absolutely imperative that you charge the battery of your drone and the transmitter. Inspect the drone and look for any possible damage, such as bent or cracked propellers, faulty connectors or loose screws. During the flight, ensure that the drone is always within your sight. Even if you are looking through the drone's camera with an external display, it is smart to keep an eye on your aircraft.

Lastly, although it is easy to rely on built-in functions like a compass, GPS or altitude control, you should still know how to fly the drone manually. These functions can malfunction, and you should have the instinct and ability to react and fly in manual mode if necessary.

When it comes to getting the perfect shot, you'll want to take it smooth and slow. Although it may be fun going fast, you want to keep the drone steady so the camera remains stable. If you zip by fast, you have a higher likelihood of crashing or just getting shaky footage. Not to mention, fast scenes can be nauseating for some viewers. If you are shooting stills while the drone is moving at a high speed, the image probably will be blurry. Just throttle slowly and make tiny movements.

If you are shooting video or photos, you will probably want to invest in a stabilization gimbal. This will cost you an additional $100 to $300, but is well worth the extra expense, especially if you want to get incredible, stable footage. When filming or shooting stills you'll want to make sure that you have plenty of light. Sure, you can go out and capture photos or videos anytime you want, but drone cameras tend not to work well in low light. Many filmmakers recommend shooting during the golden hour   shortly after sunrise or right before sunset. During this time, the light is softer resulting in higher-quality results.

After you get your shot and you are satisfied, keep rolling. Just as you keep recording a few extra seconds with a traditional camera, you'll want to keep recording video with a drone. This leaves you with easier edits and smoother transitions.

These tips will hopefully help keep your shots looking sharp, and more importantly they will help you keep yourself and those around you safe.

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