5 Things to Do Before Shooting Drone Content for Social Media

Drones and the amazing content they’re capable of capturing are much more attainable these days, so it may make sense to add some sky-high photos and videos to your brand’s content mix. Before you head off to location and take to the skies, make sure you do these five important things.


  • Research laws & permits. Laws and regulations are looser if you’re flying a drone for fun, but if you want to capture social media content, you’ll want to check out what’s required for commercial flight. This website, founded in partnership with the FAA, is a great place to start. In addition, each state has its own laws, so you’ll want to check those out, as well.
  • Charge your equipment. This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Even if your drone has a long flight time, you’ll be surprised at how fast batteries drain when you’re having fun capturing content, so it’s best to start with all of your components fully charged.
  • Scout your location. If possible, it’s helpful to visit the sites where you plan to shoot ahead of time. Check for any obstructions for both safety things to take note of things that may get in the way of your shots. Take note of the sunlight, its angles, and the time of day that best highlights your subject. And since you’ll be outside, definitely check the weather report.
  • Make a shot list. This is super helpful any time you’re capturing content, but especially important when you’re working with a relatively short battery life.
  • Just shoot! Capturing the world from a bird’s-eye-view is exciting, so have fun with it! Work with your shot list, but once your drone hits the sky, you may find some great additions to your planned content, so let the footage roll.

 Drone content at the Outer Banks of NC

With a little prep work, you can create some amazing drone content for your brand’s social channels. Want to team up and make it happen? We’d love to help.

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