With the release of DJI’s Phantom 3 the big discussion in our store with customers is wether they need the Professional, which shoots 4k, or just the Advanced, which shoots 1080p. The answer is pretty simple, even if it is a little technical, but I will do my best to explain it as best I can. [Read more…]
July 20-16, 2015 marks the first year that an official UAV Pavilion and Drone Cage have been added to the Innovations Center in the Aviation Gateway Park at 63rd annual EAA Airventure Oshkosh week-long Fly-In, considered the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. [Read more…]
SkyPixel’s Perspectives Gallery is a must-see for anyone who has ever taken a picture with a drone (or wants to).
SkyPixel (an offshoot of leading drone maker DJI that serves as a photo-sharing community with an emphasis on DJI products), is currently touring worldwide with a gallery featuring members’ photos, called Perspectives.
San Francisco’s gallery opened Friday night and will run through July 19.
The gallery is situated in a magnificent little space, tucked into a corner street just between San Francisco’s Financial District and North Beach gallery in a lofted boutique.
About three dozen photos are printed on canvas — resembling fine art rather than the Instagram shots from GoPros that most consumers of drone photography are used to seeing. Printed on Epson Signature Worthy Exhibition Canvas Natural Gloss media, the photos have an exhibition quality that makes it hard to believe they were shot on a drone — a fact that would be believable except for the obvious clue that all these photos are aerial shots.
Finely curated from some of the world’s top drone photographers including Stacy Garlington, Smithsonian featured photographer Laurie Rubin, DJI’s Director of Education Romeo Durscher and Jeff Cable, the images set a new standard for what drone art really means.
It’s no longer enough to post an aerial shot that gets 100 likes on Facebook simply because it’s an angle people have never seen before. Perspectives has set the bar much higher.
Garlington’s “Autumn in Illinois” shows the transition from fall to winter as colorful red and orange fall leaves sit on the ground, scattered around a tree. But the leaves are just the background, framing the photos’ subject — the spindly branches of a maple tree, indicating that winter has arrived.
Finding Places to Fly and Photograph with your Drone.
For some this is very easy – for others a bit more difficult. Here are some hints and tips which may help you find some safe – and photogenic – places to fly!
Note: most of these suggestions assume you know how to take decent pics and videos which you can share with the owners or overseers of the properties.
Learn to use Google, Apple or Bing Satellite Maps to locate large open areas. During a recent trip to Florida, I noticed that a large fairgrounds was just a few blocks away. This area provided a great view of the city and surrounding area and was very safe for flying.
Walking or Biking around an area can often locate some additional places to fly. I founds some large abandoned areas near some railroad tracks which provided an amazing view of a local park as well as the center of town.
Consider your Contacts [Read more…]
At the heart of many modern camera drones is a magical device called a 3-axis Brushless Camera Gimbal. It contains many of the same technologies which are in the drone itself. Here is what they are and how they work – explained in the simplest terms possible.
The word gimbal can be used to describe any adjustable camera or compass holder designed to keep the device level. A more accurate description of the quadcopter gimbal would be a 3 – axis camera stabilization and anti-vibration device. It uses brushless motors (powerful and quiet as well as long lasting) to adjust the position of the camera. 3-axis describes that the camera is adjusted in all directions – up/down, left/right and forward/backward (3 dimensions or, as we call it, the real world).
UPDATE – THIS BOOK IS FREE FOR DOWNLOAD SEPT 5 and 6th, 2015
(hard copy is never free – this is ebook!)
Please share and tell your friends! Note – if you are already an experienced R/C pilot, we ask that you not review this book on Amazon. The reason is simple – it is for beginners and those contemplating a purchase! We have very good reviews but some experienced pilots have downloaded the books and reviewed as “I already know much of this” or “I found this out in one year of cruising the internet”.
Note – book is always free to those on Kindle Unlimited and also those who can borrow under their Amazon Prime account.
Like our other eBooks, this is not for those who are already experts with vast experience in Quadcopters and R/C flight. The book is for beginners and those researching the possible purchase of a Phantom 3.
Non-technical and semi-technical Phantom 3 buyers will also gain an overview of all the technologies involved in this new machine.
Here is a list of the basic subjects covered:
Take the Test
Newer drones such as the DJI Phantom 3 or 3DR Solo are truly magical. Their capabilities are way beyond former models and they are effectively “miracle machines”.
However, the question remains – will YOU make a good drone owner, operator and pilot?
In order to test as to whether you are a potential Drone or Quadcopter pilot, we’ve made up the following short test. Consider these 7 statements:
“I spent $1K+ for this Quadcopter and it should just work no matter what.”
“Company X should be available to me by phone 24/7/365 and they should answer the phone with a live person who is capable of answering any question about my drone.”
“If there is any problem or fault with my drone, Company X should replace it – quickly, and with no (or few) questions asked.”
“I crashed (or lost) my Drone and I think it’s the fault of Company X – they should replace it or fix it quickly.”
“I should not have to rely on guesses and other users to provide me with technical support.”
“I use this drone for my work with photography/video and therefore cannot be without it. Lost revenues are the fault of Company X and therefore they should serve me even better and quicker”.
“I consider myself a tough customer and spend a decent amount of time on complaints, calls to manufacturers, lawsuits, etc. to make sure I get what I paid for”.
Think about these statements as a typical survey where you might answer True or False – or even with a 3-way answer such as Strongly Agree/Neutral/Strongly Disagree.
Now the the excitement of the initial introduction has passed, it’s time to take a look at the new DJI Phantom 3 (P3) “camera drones” from DJI and see what the actual improvements are over the former Phantom 2 Vision+. Without further ado, here are the major improvements of the P3:
Note – differences are given in the order of importance – in our humble opinion! This article should be accurate as of May, 2015.
Improvement #1 – Price/Performance/Value
April brings the popular NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show to Las Vegas. This confab has become a popular showcase for the newest in Camera Drone hardware. The show is April 13-16 (exhibits open), but DJI has jumped the gun by introducing their upgraded Phantom 3 series a week early. Here is what you need to know about the DJI, 3DR and other new models being shown.
In part #1 of this long term review, we discussed the basics of getting the P2V+ setup and the first flight(s). As a result, it was time to venture further afield with our test Phantom.
Finding Places to Fly
For some this is very easy – for others a bit more difficult. My current testing grounds in Florida are quite crowded at this time of year – and, frankly, some of the very flat and sparse areas here are not worthy of good photo and video. I looked a google maps and decided to try some tricks to find new flying areas…
1. I put an ad on Craigslist in the photo section – saying I would take some free photos and video for owners of larger property, etc.
2. I contacted the admin of a local botanical park and offered to take video and photos on their 10 acre grounds.
I received replies from both which were promising – the Botanical Garden, Palma Sola Botanical Gardens, was very pleased and invited me up at my leisure to fly on their property! Bingo!