High Roller Observation Wheel is one of Las Vegas’ attractions many tourists want to visit and photograph. And a California tourist Reuben Burciaga probably took the most expensive picture of it ever. While he was flying his DJI Phantom 3 over the Ferris wheel, he lost control over the drone. The aircraft eventually landed on McCarran International Airport, so Burciaga was slapped with a fine of $20,000.
There have been rumours about the DJI Mavic Mini for a little while now and at least one of them appears to have been correct. DJI has today officially announced the new DJI Mavic Mini, a 249g gimbal that shoots 2.7K video from a camera mounted to a 3-axis gimbal and has a flight time of up to 30 minutes.
The DJI Mavic Mini appears to essentially be a DJI Spark successor. The DJI Spark is now showing as discontinued on various websites and isn’t even for sale on DJI’s own store anymore. But it’s ok, because the DJI Mavic Mini is substantially cheaper than the Spark was and it looks like a much more capable system.
We’ve heard many stories of people doing all sorts of stupid things with their drones. But thankfully, there is also a different kind of people, those who use their drones to do something good. Aerial photographer Steve Fines is one of them. He recently used his drone and a thermal camera to help find a missing six-year-old boy and his dog. Thanks to him, the boy and his pet were located and brought back to safety.
Backpacks are a tough sell for me. I think that over the course of ten years in the game, I’ve accumulated more bags than a shopaholic. Everything from travel bags, to slings, to mini bags, TSA Approved bags, the whole nine yards… But there is one bag I have been waiting a while to switch, my drone bag. I just have not found the perfect drone bag yet.
Even with how small drones are getting, they, along with all their accessories need space and security, two things that regular backpacks, are hard to come by. Especially when you consider bags that are made either for photography or drones. In comes the Torvol Drone Explorer Backpack. The drone bag which is here to solve the problem of carrying both photography and drone equipment in one bag!
California-based Skydio launched their R1 drone last year, and it was a very impressive piece of kit. 13 onboard cameras allowed it to be fully autonomous and virtually impossible to crash. The problem was, it was pretty huge and at $2,500 it wasn’t very affordable vs the likes of the Phantom and Mavic drones from DJI.
Now, though, the Skydio 2 has been announced, a smaller drone with an improved 4K camera for shooting video, full autonomy, complete surround obstacle avoidance, more interactive control options, and only a $999 price tag.
Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec has just announced its latest drone, the Typhoon H3. It’s aimed at photographers and videographers alike, and it comes with a camera that was co-developed with Leica.
Most of us don’t see anything particularly interesting in the environment that surrounds us every day. But if we change the perspective, we can suddenly turn ordinary into extraordinary. And what changes perspective better than aerial photography? So, photographer Milan Radisics took his drone and turned Spanish farmlands into abstract images that look like they were painted by Picasso, Miró or Dalí.
I was hired for this project in November of 2018 by Dovetail to capture the St. Louis Gateway Arch with a drone. We started the paperwork in January of 2019. It began with getting approval from the Gateway Arch National Park. This wasn’t too difficult since they were the ones needing the photos and video, but they wouldn’t give the final paperwork until we got airspace approval from the FAA.
FPV filming pilot from Sweden, Viggo Koch, recently took his drone to the Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg. He followed the HELIX rollercoaster and thanks to some mad piloting skills, he shot footage that might make you a bit dizzy, but it will also make you go for a ride right now!
Drones have become widespread in photography and filmmaking, and their applications keep growing. Researchers at UC Berkeley’s High Performance Robotics Laboratory (HiPeRLab) have created a drone that shrinks mid-flight so it can squeeze through small spaces.