Starting from next year, all DJI consumer drones are going to become safer. DJI has announced that it’s adding airplane and helicopter detection to all its drones weighing more than 250g (0.5 lb). This way, the drones will be able to avoid collisions, making the skies safer for everyone.
Filming from moving vehicles has been happening for as long as movies and vehicles have existed. But with the rise of movies such as the Fast & Furious series, it’s becoming more common. Not just in Hollywood, but amongst new filmmakers and even vloggers. And if they’re using something larger than a phone, they’ll usually have a second person in the passenger seat filming.
But what happens to the passenger in the event of a crash when the airbag is deployed? That was the question asked by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). It was put to the test and answered by Dr Cynthia Bir at the University of Southern California, and the results are pretty devastating. It’s not just the camera guy that’s put at huge risk, but the driver, too.
Well, it looks like the US Army aren’t to happy with DJI, after releasing a memo stating their discontinued use of DJI products. They quote “cyber vulnerabilities” as the reason, although they don’t say specifically what those vulnerabilities are.
What’s interesting is that it doesn’t seem to target a specific drone. In fact, while it does mention “DJI Unmanned Aircraft Systems”, the ban doesn’t seem to be restricted to just drones, at all. The memo specifically states that the Army must “halt use of all DJI products”.
Recent stories of climbing the skyscrapers and dangling from them for the sake of a shot got me thinking. It’s been a while since we published these stories, and the question of safety during the shoot is still stuck in my head. I’d really love to hear your opinion on this topic, as well as your experiences.
The crazy photographer and model we wrote about made me think about safety in general, but about something else as well. I began thinking about my own behavior when taking photos, and about a dangerous situation that I witnessed a few years ago that I’d like to share with you.
When you’re shooting a film, it can be pretty hectic on the set. So, you want to make sure that the set is safe, efficient and well organized. Efficiency and good organization give you more time to be creative – but they are of no use if you don’t keep yourself and the crew safe and sound. So, safety first! These seven tips will help you make the set more secure and safe for working.
While the popularity and frequency of use on Instagram can bounce a little up and down, it’s certainly not dying yet. In the last few months, they’ve been adding more features to try to expand the platform’s capability. They’ve taken a leaf from Snapchat’s book with Stories, and they even hope the platform will become the future of online shopping.
With over 300 million daily active users and over 95 million photos & videos posted every day, there are, of course, lots of comments. Comments are extremely valuable to the Instagram community. They let you build relationships with your followers, and them with each other. But they’re pretty limited. This is one of the areas Instagram have decided to tackle in this latest update.
Taking the photo of a lifetime is something I will always push another photographer to do. But, there are limits and a little common sense and precaution goes a long way.
Unfortunately, neither of those were in the back of the mind of a man believed to be around 30-years-old who past away while trying to take a selfie on Lion Rock Hill, a well known natural landmark in Tokyo.[Read More…]
Three days ago the Federal Aviation Administration proposed an industry-record fine of $1.9 million against an aerial photography company claiming their drone broke the law and posed a safety threat.
What the FAA isn’t being as outspoken about is that on October 1, 2015 it missed a congressionally mandated deadline to set safety rules for drones and integrate them in US airspace.
Making things even worse, according to Aviation Week the FAA expects as many as one million unmanned aerial vehicles will be sold during the upcoming US holiday season.
This next feature might sound like a David Copperfield trick, but the well-known British car manufacturer deserves the applauds in this case.
Towing a trailer, caravan, horse box or any other large item seriously hinders the driver’s ability to see behind him, creates blind spots and makes the roads more dangerous for him and other drives.
Using a network of camera on both the vehicle and the towed item the system provides the driver with an uninterrupted view through his rear view mirror, which acts as a monitor.