The Lure of Drones for Aerial Photography

Watching a video taken from an aerial drone is an experience like no other, for it seems like you yourself are the one gliding over the scenic landscape of the horizon, from takeoff to touchdown you’ll feel your stomach doing somersaults. You’ll get hooked from your first try.

No small wonder then this current attention and interest over drones is growing its legions of fans, not only among hobbyists but also among professional photographers, filmmakers, journalists, the list just goes on. The footage you get are beautiful, breathtaking and incredible; the photos taken are simply stunning.

A brief glimpse into the past gives us a very short introduction into aerial photography. It all began with a French photographer and balloonist, Gaspard Felix Tournachon, more popularly known as Nadar. He took the very first aerial photograph in 1858 in Paris, France from a tethered balloon. Since then, different platforms have been used in aerial nphotography: fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, multirotor Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), blimps and dirigibles, rockets, kites, parachutes, stand-alone telescoping and vehicle mounted poles. Read more; See also

Today, most anyone can easily take photos using only their smartphones or tablets, but nothing beats the kind of shots produced by a camera from up there in the sky.

Thus, for the non-professional, the Pocket Drone is the personal flying robot that enables anyone to capture amazing video and photos from the sky. With the Pocket Drone, it’s never been easier to capture spectacular aerial images that open up a whole new perspective and insight that had previously been unseen. Read more

One professional, Kike Calvo of Photographer; Expert at National Geographic Expeditions shares  his fave unmanned vehicles or drones for his work: the DJI Phantom, both Phantom 1 and Phantom 2. His decision for using these is based on size, portability and reliability. Following advice from experts, too he has upgraded his system to include, among others, a Futuba Remote Control, which gives the Phantom nearly twice the range of the standard RC remote,¨said DSLRpros Associate Josh Hohendorf. ¨In addition to increasing range, the connection with the craft is much stronger and reduces interferences from foreign frequencies that would otherwise disrupt the flight of the craft. Read more here


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