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Understanding Environmental Factors when Flying with Karma

by GoPro ‎09-30-2019 05:32 PM - edited ‎08-20-2021 11:34 AM
What are you trying to do?
Understand Environmental Factors when flying with Karma

Where does it apply?
  • Karma

How to do it?
Drone Shadow Positioning 
The Karma Drone unlocks a new perspective for your audience. Rather than showing a point of view from inside the action, aerial videography allows you to step back and establish the big picture. 
If you are flying on a sunny day, you might discover a shadow in your shots from the Karma Drone. To avoid this issue during sunrise and sunset shoots, point your drone towards the sun. If the sun is high in the sky and casts a shadow below the drone, try angling the camera higher or leveling the camera while keeping Karma at a lower altitude. 
High Altitudes and Wind Behavior 
Wind speeds and behaviors are unpredictable but must be considered when flying Karma. Higher altitudes often result in thinner air densities and may cause your drone to fly differently than when it was closer to the ground.  
For example, consider a tall cliff near a beach. You want to launch the drone from the beach area and rise above the cliff. As the drone climbs, different air pressures will mix as the winds from the ocean and winds from above the cliff mix. This can cause a draft and push Karma in different directions.  
Extreme Temperatures 
Avoid operating Karma in extreme temperatures. In colder temperatures, the battery drains at a faster rate.  
If Karma is exposed to extreme temperatures, do not move it to a location that has a drastic temperature difference. For example, suppose you just finished capturing some footage with your Karma Drone or Karma Grip while hitting the snowy slopes. Take care when bringing them back inside to a warmer environment. Bring a towel to wrap around your device to allow it to acclimate slowly to the new temperature.