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– The DJI Spark is one of the
coolest drones on the market, because it’s so small and portable and in the video I’m gonna be sharing five quick tips for how you
can get the most out of it, coming up. (camera shutter clicking) (beep) Hey what’s up; Sean here with THiNK Media, bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence
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in the description below. I’ll list out my settings,
the specs of the drone and anything else used for this video. Let’s jump into the tips. Recently DJI sent us
out a Spark to test out and so far we have been loving it. Not only because it’s a super
fun and portable drone to use, of course it’s the tiniest
drone that DJI makes, but also because it’s a very budget drone. A lot of people like
this as a first drone, as a gift idea and it’s
something that’s more affordable than other drones on the market and you still get performance. But even beyond that, we’ve discovered that it’s also good for
YouTubers, for vloggers, for anybody that wants a drone that you can just throw in your bag, take with you and get cool footage. But let’s jump into some of the tips for getting the most out of a Spark. When it comes to getting
started with the Spark, I just googled the DJI
video that showed me how to set it up step by step and I just followed
the steps in that video and I’ll actually link to
that in the description below. A couple of tips for any drone
when you first get started. Make sure you update the
firmware of the drone; the firmware of the
remote, if you have one and the app, making sure the
app is the most recent version. So block some time to get
everything setup and synchronized. Not super hard to do; just
follow the steps in that video. And then the last thing is, of course, make sure that you’ve
got an SD card plugged in and then you’re ready to go fly. For tip number one for
shooting with drones is pick cool locations. When we were testing
this, Omar was able to test it out in L.A., even get
some footage down by the water and then here in Vegas we were
able to shoot a couple spots, but I like to scout spots ahead of time, whether that’s using Google Docs or just aways paying attention
when we drive around town, to find cool spots. And not just a cool location, but also think about a cool time of day. Usually golden hour when
the sun is rising or setting really creates cool light dynamics. You can get some shadows, some contrast. So don’t forget half of
getting really cool footage is picking really cool
locations that look awesome. Tip number two is the quick shot modes. One things that’s awesome about this Spark is a few different quick shot modes that are really easy to set up and use and they get you some cinematic shots that are easy to create,
because they’re just built right into the drone. So if you’re just using a phone, you can get to the quick shot modes and do things like Dronie,
which we tested out. This is actually a shot that
starts with the drone close and backs up and elevates, so
it’s basically like a selfie, but they called it a Dronie. Imagine you had your family
or like a group of people that were on the edge of
a balcony or something and you wanted to get that pan out shot, all you gotta do is select Dronie, select your subject. It counts down, starts recording for you and then it just pulls out nice and you can even set the
distance of that dronie shot. There’s also a couple
other quick shot modes. We tested the Helix. This one is super cool. There’s also Circle, but
Helix is circling around you while elevating. Again, these are some
dramatic kind of dynamic cinematic shots that are based right in those quick shot modes. Just select it, track
your subject really quick right on your smartphone and then hit go and it does all the work for you and then there’s also a Rocket one. So I just laid down on the grass here and this one’s kinda cool. It just goes straight up, but it tracks with the camera down, kind of a bird’s eye view,
showing off the shot. These quick shot modes are nice, because they’re user friendly, so if you’re new to drones you
can get some dynamic shots, but even for use who’ve
been flying for a while, they’re also cool, because
they’re just solid. It gets perfect flawless movement. You set it right on the
phone and you’re good to go. Tip number three are the gesture controls. One of the cool things about the Spark is the ability to actually
use hand movements and palm control to do
some interesting things. First of all you could just
tap the power button twice when the Spark is in your hand and it just takes off right there. Then you can start doing palm control and I was surprised, because
I’ve seen different videos about this online, but our first time testing this
out it was very responsive. We could get it to go
up, down, side to side. And that’s nice, you can get the drone right where you want it and then of course do the selfie mode. You just throw up the
box with your fingers. It kind of has a delay. You watch the lights flash and then it’ll snap that selfie for you. So great for just family
stuff or group stuff, if you’re hanging out
with friends or your crew, you even wanna get a
behind the scenes shot on a video shoot. A lot of different things
you could do there. And then also it has palm land. So when you’re done, you just
put your palm under there. The sensors see that and the
Spark will land in your hand. So all in all it’s pretty cool, because you’ve got quick shot modes, you also have those gesture controls, but you also have other
intelligent flight modes like active track, similar
things that you may have seen in even other DJI drones are all in there. A lot of different choices for
getting creative video shots. Tip number four is simple
and clean camera movements. I’ve learned that one of the secrets of getting awesome footage out of drones is actually to keep things simple and to avoid jerky movements
or anything that’s too complex, especially if you’re new to drones. For example, one of
the things I like to do is get close to a building or an object and then just lift up straight. What ends up happening
is you see the movement of being close to that building and then you see that reveal shot, as it crests over the
top and maybe reveals tons of landscape or a sunrise or a sunset or something like that. So that’s kind of just
a simple vertical shot. The other option is going just horizontal. This is great if you go
around like a train track or around a coastline or
even just along a road and something that is revealing
that shot progressively and you’re just flying
it in a straight line. Again, keep it clean, keep it simple and you can get some
really cool looking shots. Another example is
flying at low altitudes. Of course, always be safe and be careful with these types of shots, but when you’re really high in the sky it’s not that dramatic, but
when you’re close to the ground it simulates a lot of movement. You really feel the movement of the shot as it’s traveling along the ground. And then finally, consider flying close to different obstacles and objects. Of course, always be careful
with this shot as well, but when you fly close to things it creates a very cool effect. For instance, we’re just shooting right here in this park area and as we’re flying down this path, you can see the motion of trees passing by really creates cool drama and
a great visual for the drone. What’s cool about the Spark is it’s really easy to navigate
and fly in these areas, because it’s so small and even just the propeller guards gives me a lot of piece
of mind, plus the sensors. I’ve actually crashed a fair
amount of drones in my time. So far navigating with
the Spark has been awesome and those are a few tips
of keeping things clean, keeping things simple, so that you can get awesome looking footage
to use in your videos, your vlogs and all of
your creative projects. And tip number five is use the remote. What’s cool about the
Spark is you can use it with just a smartphone to get it setup and you can use it with gesture controls and things like that so
you technically don’t need the remote and I believe that the Spark, right now at the time
of shooting this video, is around $500 USD, but you
can check current specials and whatnot. We’ll link to those in
the description below. But what’s cool about the remote is it gives you a lot more control, a lot more versatility and
we’ve actually been testing out the Fly More combo. With that you don’t only get the remote, but you get the propeller
guards and also an extra battery and with the battery life
being about 16 minutes, having an extra battery’s super nice, because we find that we’re
not shooting for very long when all of a sudden we need
to switch the battery out. So I definitely recommend
the Fly More combo, but the remote is huge, because it allows you to
have more scalability. Omar mentioned going without the remote just to get quick shots
to include in videos, but if you wanna have more control; there’s even a sports mode on there. So what’s nice about the remote, I think it allows you
to elevate your game. If you’re just starting,
you could just start simple, which is the phone and gesture controls, but as you evolve and maybe
you wanna get more dynamic, more dramatic, more cinematic
shots, a little more custom and having a really dependable connection through the RC connection
between the remote and the Spark, a great investment and something that I don’t think anybody would regret when using the Spark. And then finally, one quick bonus tip is consider investing in DJI Care or their DJI Care Refresh program. And the reason I’ve been
researching this lately is I actually crashed my
Mavic and I didn’t have Care, so I started to think what
if I did actually have it. And what’s cool about it
is if you’re new to drones or even if you’re experienced with drones, you realize that sometime or another you’re probably going to crash it. It’s just something that happens to, I think, all of us,
especially if you’re using it and pushing the boundaries
of getting close to objects or anything like that. But what’s cool about Care
Refresh, that I know now, is that when you just pay
for that fee originally, now, no questions asked,
whether it’s water damage, whether it’s you crash
it, no matter what happens to your drone, so long as you can actually send the body back into DJI, you just pay a minimal fee and they send you a brand new drone. I think DJI Care was the old program and DJI Care Refresh is the new program. So I’ll link to details about
that in the description below, but from here on out
any drone that we get, here at THiNK Media, we’re gonna make sure to put in DJI Care, just because
we push them hard enough, we use them hard enough. Just the peace of mind to have that is a really good program, especially when you’re investing
even in a drone like this or definitely the more
expensive models, with DJI. Alright, so I hope that
those Spark and drone tips were helpful. Question of the day? What are your tips for flying drones, getting dynamic shots
and if you use the spark, what do you think about it? Post in the comments section below and remember some of the
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