Thursday, January 16, 2014

Coming Soon To Your Camera Bag: A Drone

Picture Correct picked up on a story from National Geographic where a group used a remote control car to get especially close up photos of a tiger. It's a brilliant move because you're treated to a totally different perspective than usual. (See the bottom of this post for the video they shot)

But why stop at remote control cars? And better yet, why stop at assuming only professionals will have access to this type of equipment?

Personal drones are hardly new. And while there's a big DIY movement, you can buy the ready made products off of Amazon for about $400.

As the technology gets cheaper and smaller, it's not hard to imagine that one of the gadgets an amateur photographer will one day be schlepping along is his very own quadcopter drone.

Imagine the photos of the Niagara Falls, or the Eiffel Tower you could get if you had an on-demand aerial photography view. And just think about the selfies you could snap, if the camera was floating in front of you or your group. I can imagine a whole new set of rules and etiquette as photographers try to take their drones to places they aren't allowed (the Super Bowl? the city zoo?). Who knows, the "No Drones" sign may soon be as common as the no smoking sign.

I was totally ready to trade in my dream of a flying car for flying pizza delivery. But scratch that, I want a cheap, and portable flying camera setup.

In the mean time, I could cobble together a low cost setup using this recipe. Though, the quality and stability leave quite a bit to be desired. But what do you want for $40 or so?

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