How to use a drone tutorial | Basic controls | DJI Spark

Are you like me that is so excited to use a drone unit for something great!? Haha! Well, I had the opportunity to learn about using one and I am glad to share my learnings so far.. So.. Let's start with the basics first. I will try to make this guide chronological, straight to the point, and easy to understand as much as possible. Ready?

DJI Spark drone with controller
DJI Spark drone with controller


THE SET (prepare the items needed)

For this tutorial, let's identify first what are the things we need to basically fly a drone.

And they are the following:

1. the drone unit (its guards are highly recommended)
2. the controller
3. some batteries and its charger
4. a mobile phone that can download apps
5. the necessary cables for charging (not in the photo but I will tackle later on below)

drone set
drone set


From this photo below.. as you can see THE DRONE unit and its guards..

drone unit guards unattached
drone unit guards unattached


PREP 1A - Unfold the propellers (not a necessity but it pays to be safe not forcing its abrupt reaction when turned on).

propellers unfolded
propellers unfolded


PREP 1B - Equip its guards (specific guards are specially designed per corner/propeller so make sure to equip them with care. If it does not fit, find the correct place for it).

guards attached
guards attached


THE BATTERIES

Usually, there are two (2) units at the least when bought because a single battery can only power the drone for a few minutes. So make sure to charge them regularly (the green light indicator should help you regarding its charge).

drone batteries
drone batteries


PREP 2 - Attach the battery to the drone

drone battery attached
drone battery attached


THE REMOTE CONTROLLER

This is how it basically looks like when you are not using it.

remote controller of the drone
remote controller of the drone


PREP 3 - Now, to use it, flip its antennas up & open its lower grip (optional if you want your mobile phone to be there).


drone remote controller
remote form 2.0 (lol)


NOTE: The controller has a separate power so make sure to charge it as well. This is where the cables for charging (no.5 in THE SET above) is needed. Different models require different kinds of cable so just buy the one that fits. The socket is found at the bottom of the remote when you open its lower grip.

remote charging socket
remote charging socket


THE MOBILE PHONE

Requirement: You need to download a specific mobile application compatible with your drone so you can connect and use all (drone, controller, & mobile phone) of the gadgets properly. For this tutorial, DJI GO 4 is installed.

install a drone application
install a drone app


Now that we are all set and prepared, let's start flying the drone.

SET 1 - Turn on the remote control by pressing its power button twice (1 short press and another long press, that is how you turn it off as well).
SET 2 - Turn on the wifi connection of your mobile phone and connect it to the remote control.
SET 3 - Turn on your drone unit by pressing its battery twice (1 short press and another long press, that is how you turn it off as well just like the remote control).
SET 4 - Use your downloaded mobile drone application and register everything (especially if its the first time). It should let you see from the perspective of the drone. Well, you can actually customize a lot of things from this point but the most important thing you have to do here first is to mark your "home" area where your drone will land once its power goes low.

TAKE-OFF

In taking-off, you are 3 options.

Option 1. Pulling diagonally inwards both the right and the left joysticks of the controller at the same time, hold on at that for a bit then when you hear the "take-off" sound, push the left joystick upwards.
Option 2. Pulling diagonally outwards both the right and the left joysticks of the controller at the same time, hold on at that for a bit then when you hear the "take-off" sound, push the left joystick upwards.
Option 3. Press the take-off button on your mobile phone screen (while using the drone app). You can see this in the provided video below.

take off options
take-off options


Now that the drone should be flying right now, let's tackle the basic controls of the remote control. I won't include the not-so-basic buttons in the controller.. we can tackle them maybe on the "more advanced" video next time. Let's focus on the simple stuff first. So as follows, here is a simple infographic guide of the drone's movement control:

How to use the drone remote control
controller's basic movements


For simpler description, angle and height for the left joystick then directional movements for the right joystick. But to be honest, its harder than it looks, really! It takes a lot of practice to master this.

And remember, these controls are appropriate when you and the drone are facing the same direction.. So most of the time, you will be controlling the directional movements inversely if you want to do some group selfies.

I made an actual video for this tutorial so I hope this will make some of the details clearer. I am looking forward to making another tutorial of this for the more advanced controls like the "active track" and more so we'll see. For now, I hope I helped you in any way. Here's the vid.



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24 comments:

  1. Kristine Nicole AlessandraFebruary 28, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    This is a great guide for newbies. My son is saving up to get one for himself. He loves to travel and having his own drone would really be nice. I am sharing this post with him.

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  2. Wow, there are a lot of steps in setting up a drone. I'm sure they are a lot of fun to use!

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    1. When you get use to it, its actually simpler than it looks hehe

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  3. Great tips! I've been wanting to try some drone photography but it's a bit intimidating if you've never done it before. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. There are some really fab tips here for sure. I can't believe how much you have to do...a good detailed guide xx

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  5. I’ve never had a drone before but they always looked cool in the movies so it’s worth trying out. Perhaps this summer

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    1. Looking forward to that that summer then?!

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  6. I am sharing this post with my younger daughter. She received a drone for Christmas and this will help her.

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  7. drones are so much fun! We haven't used one for a long time but mainly because we had too much with it, i guess we got tired of it. I do understand it will change

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    1. Haha! I am getting that feels a bit. But for a change on my videos.. I need to use it more lol

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  8. I also use DJI Sparks! I wish I've read this earlier. It really takes a lot of practice to navigate the drone. I still haven't got my return of investment. HAHA!

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    1. Haha!! Now that you mentioned it, from stories they say.. you can earn a lot from renting your unit and driving/piloting it is even a different thing.

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  9. I hope we can have money soon and buy one too. My son wanted this and hope in the future when his older enough to help drive this. This article is so helpful for beginners Michael. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Nice information, the handling the drone is a skill and it important for travel blogger and traveler. Hope to buy soon and learn to fly form your tutorial.

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  11. I am planing on getting a DJI Spark. I just got a DJI osmo pocket which is great.

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    1. As long as it is flying and recording great, sounds good to me haha

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  12. I have one of these. They're awesome. I have to qualify for a Canadian drone pilot's license before I can take it out again.

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    1. Wow, you really need that there? But I guess its for safety purposes. you really need to know much things especially the fly zones. do's and don'ts, etc.. but yeah! so fun esp the first times

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