I’ve been wanting to get involved with aerial photography for some time, but it always appeared to be to expensive and required too much planning which for a landscape photographer like my self is enough to nuke it. The weather becomes a much more important factor, the reason being one cannot fly in bad weather, but bad weather can create some really dramatic photographs, there lives the problem.
Now, get this, there are these drones promising to create some new, low cost opportunities for us photographers.
I have been following the great work of Russell Preston Brown aka Dr Brown Facebook. His aerial photography has really inspired me, that in addition to me loving technology, so when I spied a local Meetup group for drones called “CNJ Heavy Flyers Drone Film Club” I signed up and went to one of there Meet N Greet/Show N Fly at Hamilton NJ Veterans Park. The group is very knowledgeable and friendly. The assistant organizer spent a lot of time teaching the basics, the best part was I got to fly his Iris Drone, WOW what a treat, now want one.
While easy it is to fly, the difficult part comes in making interesting photographs, this is a another skill which requires a new way of seeing and can require a First-person view (FPV) for your drone, if not you are guessing what the drone sees.
I have included a series of photos from the outing and my first flight. I hope to add some You tube videos soon.