Drone First Flight

Had some fun over the past few weeks getting used to flying a DJI Phantom 3 Pro. This is not for commercial purposes at this time as I do not have a pilots license of any sort, but am getting used to just how this tool works and what some of its high and low points are (pun intended). I can only say, there is an massive learning curve, not to the part of simply getting the thing airborne, but to the control factor for making good images and camera moves. It’s actually ridiculously easy to get the thing in the air, assuming you follow the few simple instructions, but once one starts moving it around and attempting slightly more than basic camera moves with it, that seems to be when all neurons need to be firing in top form. It’s at that point when multiple things with the controls and where ones eyes need to be start to demand attention.

 

 

I know, I’m behind the curve on this drone thing. I know, EVERYONE and their little nephew has a drone and has their own tech news training channel up on youtube already. I’m fine being behind the curve. And I’m also fine taking my time to make sure I learn how to use it and not be one of the multitude of casualties that has crashed the drone into water, people, trees, buildings, etc. So stay tuned, hopefully I’ll be able to post more shorts like this over the coming weeks and months. One thing is for sure, this is one darn fun activity, and no wonder its shot through the roof (pun intended, again) in popularity amongst hobbyists and professionals.

Have one? Chime in, I’d love to hear your thoughts on getting started, how you use it, etc.

RedShark News – The URSA Mini’s best kept secret?

RedShark News – The URSA Mini’s best kept secret?.

Blackmagic Design continues to push the industry forward. Camera’s, free software, etc. I did not make it to NAB this year, but have been watching closely to the new releases in hardware and software, and this is one of those companies that has consistently been fascinating to keep an eye on. So much stock is put into an “ecosystem” or “suite” of applications. It appears that Blackmagic may be taking that beyond just the suite of applications concept, and adding hardware to mix. The Ursa Mini is a pretty compelling piece of hardware, and it will continue to be interesting to watch over the next couple years. Perhaps this goes on my list for potential rentals for upcoming projects.