I’m writing some classes for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, where I teach video production, about UAS/Drones. Our local Fox affiliate was out today to interview me for a piece about the courses, and drones in general. I so much prefer to be behind the camera than in front.
This is one that I’ve posted photos of here for the last year or so. I’ve been shooting for this project since April 2016, finally wrapping up this February 2017. It’s been a great shooting challenge that has combined drones, GoPro, and the Sony A7s. Lots of time lapse, both locked down and motion controlled with the ever amazing Syrp Genie. Cannot recommend that piece of gear enough. I could say a lot about the Sony A7s as well, but there’s plenty of material out there already. In brief, my take on it is that it’s a pretty amazing camera, and meets my needs exceedingly well. It’s not for everyone, or every shooting scenario, but then no camera meets those standards. One thing I am very glad to have added to the investment is the Tilta cage. Could not imagine shooting without it. Like a case for ones iPhone, it gives this rather small camera some much needed heft and protection.
Post production begins very soon on the final, full version for the customer, which will be a promotional and sales tool for his website.
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.