Where to draw inspiration from
You can be inspired by the work of many people, but there are those that are really breathtaking and you want to learn something. For me, that person was Robert McIntosh. After watching him and his virtual flights for many years, I also wanted to go where this guy sent his copters. Each time I looked at these shots, I tried to repeat after him, but I soon realized that special skills and tools were needed to perform such masterful tricks. A small quadcopter like the Mavic Air helped me take a chance and shoot places where quadcopters hadn’t flown before.
Mavic Air testing
When I first bought the Mavic Air, I attached a propeller guard and decided to fly inside the house. I spent a lot of time flying the quad indoors, which improved my skills a lot. Over time, training improved my skill level. To create an aerial video, you have to go around the house in search of a space where you can direct the quadcopter without damaging it. It is enough to look around to see if shooting is possible, and if not, then move on and look for other opportunities. My goal is to find areas where a large quad like the Inspire 2 simply won’t fit. I love my job! I like to shoot in big and spacious houses where my creativity and imagination can find an outlet. On the YouTube channel, I created a playlist called “Creating Space”, which describes the technique of flying in such houses. It takes a lot of learning to fly a quadcopter, but the more time I spend, the more I fly, and my skills improve noticeably.
When it comes to real estate photography, the Mavic Air is ideal for this purpose. It is easy to use and made of durable materials, plus it has a small size. When it comes to tight spaces, sometimes a useful obstacle avoidance system and flight modes can even get in the way. Therefore, when buying a small quadcopter, like mine, it is important to decide for what purpose it is required, because any technique can have both strong and weak characteristics. Mavic Air is suitable for flying within the field of view when shooting at a short distance is needed.
From the height of my experience, I have complete confidence in my style of piloting, and can suggest the techniques that I use most often. If I had less skills, I wouldn’t do it. The important factor here is to keep your own quadcopter, and not ruin other people’s property. I have some advice for this.
If you feel that it will be difficult to fly, then install the protection on the propeller. This will obviously secure the flight itself, but slightly increase the weight and slightly impair maneuverability. The protection itself does not damage the equipment and the objects surrounding it. In a collision, the protection is able to throw the model away from the obstacle, and the unprotected screws would hit directly into them. Soon you will learn to fly so well that you no longer need to protect the propellers.
To make the photo clear and not blurry, do not make sudden movements. It is important to pilot very slowly, this is the only way to capture a suitable frame. By the way, the faster you fly, the greater the chance of a collision. There may simply not be enough time to react, and serious damage can occur in a collision at high speed and height. You will have to learn how to control the controller without sudden movements. You should feel how hard to pull the control levers so that everything is in order.
When flying in tight spaces, you need to know where your copter is now. Take a person with you to monitor the quadcopter and keep him in sight at all times while you are filming. So you will not worry, and you can shoot good shots. Watch the picture on the screen carefully, turn on the grid in time if you need to determine whether the model passes between obstacles. When there is space left in the middle square, the quad will most likely fit there.
The Mavic Air has opened up new possibilities for me and my business, and every day I have a lot of creative ideas. I need this small model for flying in tight spaces that are inaccessible to other quadcopters. In the near future, I would like to reach a level where I can safely operate the quadcopter in closed, cramped spaces. A large number of flights gives me confidence.