Consumer Drones Unlikely to Inflict Horrible Head Injuries, Study Finds

Researchers at Virginia Tech have been studying the injury risks posed by consumer drones by flying them into dummies’ faces, and they’ve now come to a conclusion. The study found that the risk of a catastrophic head injury was less than 5 percent in an impact with a drone weighing 2.6 lbs (such as the popular DJI Phantom). Bloomberg reports that the study, which was published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering, involved crashing a number of differently sized drones into crash test dummies, using sensors to measure the impact and calculate the risks posed in a real-life
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Five Tips for the DJI Mavic You Probably Don’t Know About

Five Tips for the DJI Mavic You Probably Don't Know About As into the aerials as I am over here, Instagram has, believe it or not, changed the way I shoot. On my drone, it is only possible to capture landscape-oriented photos, which take up less space on a phone's display compared to a portrait-oriented image. It wasn't until yesterday that a buddy of mine showed me this little trick where I can spin the camera on my Mavic into portrait mode and shoot that way. How to do this, along with four other tips, is covered in this helpful video by iProDan. [ Read More ]

Should Drone Insurance Be Required?

Should Drone Insurance Be Required? Drone manufacturers and legislators are constantly working to adapt to each other and to create a framework in which operators can work safely alongside everything else in the air. As part of that, the insurance industry is trying to tackle the new landscape. Should drone insurance be mandatory? [ Read More ]

UN Calls for Global Drone Registration Database

The United Nations’ own aviation agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is backing a move to develop a single, global database which would require all unmanned aircraft to be registered to it. The ICAO has no power to impose regulations on any countries, but during a symposium in Montreal this month it proposed the creation of such a registry. Reuters reports that the database would make data accessible in “real-time,” with law enforcement being able to remotely track and identify any drone. This database would then reveal the drone’s operator and owner. Drone usage is becoming more and more common,
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Fstoppers Reviews Polar Pro Filters for Drones

Fstoppers Reviews Polar Pro Filters for Drones Designed for DJI photographers and cinematographers alike, PolarPro's Cinema Series for the Phantom 4 Pro/Advanced includes six incredibly useful filters: three neutral density filters and three polarizing and neutral density filters. I had been looking at filters for quite some time and wasn't sure where to begin so this set was the perfect place to start. Available for a wide array of quadcopters well beyond the Phantom 4 Pro tested, if you are looking to improve your quadcopter's image quality by adding filters, check out this review of PolarPro's Cinema Series. [ Read More ]

Capturing Something Different: Abstract Aerial Art Creates Amazing Images of the Earth’s Texture

Capturing Something Different: Abstract Aerial Art Creates Amazing Images of the Earth's Texture I have been flying my drone for just about two years now and am always looking to push myself to find new things to shoot. A year ago when I was in Nevada, I shot the ground of the desert with my Phantom 3 and was intrigued by the look and texture in the photo. At the time, I hadn't seen many photos showing textures of the earth until a few months later when I stumbled upon Abstract Aerial Art. Every time I look at their photos, I can't help but to stare at them and try to understand what Continue reading "Capturing Something Different: Abstract Aerial Art Creates Amazing Images of the Earth’s Texture"

Fstoppers Reviews Kittyhawk Flight App for UAV Drones

Fstoppers Reviews Kittyhawk Flight App for UAV Drones Since obtaining my FAA Part 107 certification and flying with the Phantom 4 Quadcopter, I have been pouring over flight apps like crazy. Kittyhawk, available for iOS and Android, has become my go-to app for every flight I make that provides a comprehensive flight workflow all in one location. With enhanced telemetry data, airspace maps, fleet management, and weather reports, here’s my review of the app that could replace the entire drone folder on your mobile device. [ Read More ]

The Lily Drone is Back… Kind Of

The Lily Drone is Back… Kind Of Back in 2015, the “Throw-And-Go” Lily Robotics drone was building steam and making waves. Its Kickstarter campaign centered around its ability to launch out of water and to be thrown off a cliff to immediately rescue itself and follow its adventurer as they traveled quickly over any terrain. The Lily drone had massive appeal and was slated to be an incredible way to capture and film outdoor enthusiasts and people who just wanted a durable drone to take with them on their adventures. [ Read More ]

Keep Creating: You Don’t Need a Reason

Keep Creating: You Don't Need a Reason This entire summer for me has been hectic. Doing photography full time at the age of 23 is certainly awesome, but there is so much stress and hard work that comes along with it. Between work and my personal life, it has been extremely difficult to balance out my time to create my own content, but in no way have I let that slow me down. This summer alone, I have been out to so many places creating new content and I think that this is honestly the most important thing we can do as creatives. [ Read More ]

DJI Unveils Platinum Mavic, Obsidian Phantom, and a ‘Sphere Mode’

DJI just unveiled three new products at the IFA 2017 tech show in Berlin. There are two new overhauls to existing drones and a brand new “sphere mode.” The new drones it is bringing out are mainly cosmetic updates to older versions, but there are some new features and specs thrown into the mix.

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

First up is the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum edition. Taking all of the previous features of the Mavic Pro, the Platinum version will build on what previously “revolutionized personal flight.” Aimed at travelers, amateur photographers, and outdoor sports enthusiasts, the
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The Lily Drone is Back from the Grave and Ready to Try Another Takeoff

In January 2017, the company behind the highly anticipated Lily drone announced that it would be shutting down after raising over $34 million from backers. The company was quickly sued and accused of misleading people with a faked promo video. However, it looks like Lily is now making a bit of a comeback. A California-based drone company named Mota Group has acquired the assets of Lily Robotics for a cool $750,000, and you could soon see this smiley drone buzzing about above your head soon. The drone will now come with a new design and new features, and you
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Some Quick Tips for Taking Drone Photos

Some Quick Tips for Taking Drone Photos You just bought your first drone! Woot! Now what? Flying a drone is a vastly different way of thinking and shooting, and it takes a bit of getting used to. This helpful video will get you up and running so you can shoot those epic aerial shots. [ Read More ]

The Technical and Legal Challenges of Anti-Drone Systems

The Technical and Legal Challenges of Anti-Drone Systems In 2013, a small quadcopter flew close to German Chancellor Angela Merkel who was attending an outdoor political meeting. A year later an inebriated federal agent crashed his Phantom in the White House perimeter. Fortunately, the drone did not damage Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden, but following this event DJI implemented the no-fly zone feature on its entry-level drones. However, this measure is not completely effective to prevent rogue flights and authorities are looking for solutions to counter drones from flying in restricted areas. Let’s review the current anti-drone solutions and challenges associated with neutralizing a small UAVs. [ Read More Continue reading "The Technical and Legal Challenges of Anti-Drone Systems"

DJI Phantom 5 Pro Quadcopter Wishlist of New Features

DJI Phantom 5 Pro Quadcopter Wishlist of New Features I absolutely love flying my DJI Phantom 4 Pro. This is my first quadcopter, and from talking with other pilots, the Phantom 4 Pro clearly evolved from previous generations. I am continuously implementing my Phantom in my still photography work and by no means is this a desire for obsolescence. The Phantom 4 hasn't been on the market that long and there are a ton of great accessories available that make it even better, too. This is part review of the Phantom 4 Pro and part feedback for what I hope inevitable future updates bring for so many pilots. While Continue reading "DJI Phantom 5 Pro Quadcopter Wishlist of New Features"

Dronelapse Video of Miami – The Tilt-Shift Technique and Tutorial

Dronelapse Video of Miami - The Tilt-Shift Technique and Tutorial After eight months of work I finally finished this project: an aerial tilt-shift hyperlapse of Miami. The idea was to produce something different. Time-lapse videos are very common these days and most drone operators can make a decent hyperlapse with their drones. In this video I wanted to replicate the out-of-focus look normally associated with macro photography to give a miniature effect of the city of Miami. Here is how I filmed this video and what I learned during the process. [ Read More ]

DJI Will Disable Your Spark Drone If You Don’t Update the Firmware

DJI is releasing a new firmware update for the Spark camera drone, and this is one update that Spark owners will not want to ignore. If you fail to properly update your Spark, DJI will disable it and prevent it from flying at all. Earlier this year, there were some reports of DJI Spark drones falling out of the sky. This came just month after GoPro Karma drones were found to lose power, leading GoPro to recall and relaunch the Karma. But while the GoPro Karma’s issues were caused by a faulty physical battery clasp, the DJI Spark’s problem
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Man vs. Drone: How Good Are DJI’s Intelligent Flight Modes?

Man vs. Drone: How Good Are DJI's Intelligent Flight Modes? After the release of the new DJI Spark and its ability to fly without a remote, it is believed that DJI has the technology for anybody to fly. Steve and I decided to put this concept to the test comparing DJI's Intelligent Flight Modes to the Manual Capabilities of the user. In this video, we see that flying can be pretty challenging, but DJI definitely steps up to the plate allowing users to achieve more complex shots with little to no skill or experience. [ Read More ]

DJI Develops Option to Fly ‘Offline’ for ‘Sensitive Flights’

The US Army recently said that it was removing all DJI equipment from its operations due to “cyber vulnerabilities,” in what was a blow to the public image of the Chinese drone manufacturer. In response, DJI has now developed an option to fly without any Internet data transfers in an effort to appease sensitive corporate and government organizations. “We are creating local data mode to address the needs of our enterprise customers, including public and private organizations that are using DJI technology to perform sensitive operations around the world,” says Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs.
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