10 Tips for Making Your First Map with DroneDeploy

“Whether you’re a specialist who wants to use drones to increase the efficiency on the job, or a drone service provider looking to expand the range of your business, this post will help you improve the quality of your drone map with some best practices to follow during your first flight.”

We have 10 tips to share with you, but what’s your favorite tip that’s not on your list?

Another point worth making for those, like me, trying to create quality maps of areas with tall trees:
Fly on calm days with low winds in order to minimize tree movement. Tree movements will result in poor quality maps. This can create a melted appearance for the trees and it can obscure ground details next to the trees.

My early maps with DroneDeploy were flown on sunny days with some slight wind at less than 300’ altitude. This led to disappointing results for my first maps. Then I followed the tips to fly higher and on overcast days and the first day I did this, I got the bonus of low winds. Now the map quality is delightfully better.

This seems obvious in hindsight but for those new to drones, flying their first missions with DroneDeploy, terrified about a piece of software taking control of your $1000+ drone and flying it 1000’s of feet away, a few feet of movement in the tops of trees may not be very high on your worry list. But my results are worth the worry:

The live picture on DroneDeploy looks 10X better than what is shown here in the Forum. But you can still see that, although there are many tall trees in this picture that are over 100’ tall, their tops and sides did not come out looking melted. With winds of even 8 MPH, they come out looking like melted ice cream.