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What is drone photography and how does it work?


Posted on December 3, 2014 by Thomas Brunt, drone photographer.

Courtesy: Thomas Brunt The drone used to shoot images of DelVal's campus.

I am a quad copter (aka “drone”) enthusiast. I also have a background in video. When I discovered affordable drones with HD cameras, I wanted to explore the realm of unique photographic perspectives achieved by taking to the air. It has been a fun journey so far. I had the opportunity to shoot aerial footage of the beautiful DelVal campus. The drone allows for viewpoints that even a helicopter could not easily provide.

With drones, “the sky is the limit." Drones are giving photographers a new opportunity to shoot visually exciting aerials. This is the first time such ability has been possible for most photographers/videographers. What makes for the best visual? While I know the rules for good framing, it's a bit different from way up there. It's a new experience with its own challenges. The biggest one for me: too much wind!

Right now, drone use is in its “Wild West” phase. With little definitive regulation, this is the time people are experimenting with uses for drone technology. Some of the applications people have discovered, aside from aerial photography, are: search and rescue, building inspection and even delivery. People are developing drones that could be the first responders to an accident scene. An insurance company wants to use them to inspect disaster areas after storms. This year has been a big year for this experimental phase. Next year is expected to be a big year on the legal front for drone technology. It is exciting for me to be a part of this in my own small way.

Here are a few of the images, there are many more to come:

Courtesy: Thomas Brunt The Life Sciences Building

Courtesy: Thomas Brunt The Robert A. Lipinski field at James Work Memorial Stadium