For most photographers,
videographers, and You Tube
publishers, drones have already
become an essential tool for their
businesses. No self-respecting
camera person’s bag is complete
without at least one camera body,
various lenses, and a drone for that
aerial perspective. That’s especially
the case for me now; on any photo or
video shoot I go to, I pack at least one
drone for that bird’s-eye view.
One subject I really enjoy shooting
is any type of action sports. It’s a
challenge to shoot anything that’s moving, and videotaping action
sports with a camera drone requires you to track movement in 3D
space. In this issue, I provide some tips I have learned from shooting
different activities over the years and how to get the best-looking
shots from your latest adventure. In addition, our good friend and
RotorDrone contributor George Suresh shares some advice for
taking great looking selfies with your drone. Those of you who are
just getting into the world of aerial photography/videography will
appreciate our feature, “Nine Great Camera Drones,” so you can find
the perfect match for the way you shoot.
As you might guess, things in the drone racing arena are moving at
an extremely fast pace, and new birds are hitting the shelves every
day. We were fortunate to test fly three racers with some unique
features that just might give you the edge in your next race. The RISE
Vusion comes with everything you need and is ready to fly out of the
box, so it’s perfect for pilots who are just getting started in racing.
The Thrust-UAV Riot is a hot racer that comes assembled and ready
to hit the starting line. This unconventional-looking quad has a neat
setup, and when you hit the throttle, it is OU T OF HERE! Speaking of
punching out quickly, the Aimdroix XRay racer has unique tilt motors
that keep its FPV camera incredibly stable. If you’re into drone racing
(and who isn’t?), you sure don’t want to miss this month’s reviews.
We try to give you as much information as we can in each page of
RotorDrone, and this issue is full of great information that you can
keep coming back to. If you have some drone images or videos you’d
like to share, send them to me at email@example.com. Who knows?
You may see your work in print, like Steve Mota, whose latest work is
featured here! (Thanks for the note, Steve!)
Getting an Aerial Perspective
Steve Mota took this
selfie in a sculpture
park in New Jersey
with a Mavic Pro.
He says, “I was able
to capture some
really cool drone
perspectives of these
amazing art pieces.
The sculpture is by
artist Seward Johnson
and called ‘American