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Joe Farace  |  Dec 22, 2015  |  0 comments

During the coming year, the means we’ll use to capture photographs may change but not the motivation to share our view of the world with others. To accomplish this goal we need tools to change the way we see that world and interact with it. Imagine handing an iPhone to Alexander Graham Bell. What would he think of it? The future of imaging includes many paradigm-shifting technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence but in the short run, we’ll deal with trends.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 29, 2015  |  1 comments

I can’t understand the current love affair between photographers and drones. Like all kids I made paper airplanes which I anonymously launched toward unsuspecting substitute homeroom teachers, sure. Sometimes with uncanny accuracy. Is the current drone rage the ultimate technological evolution of the balsawood P-51 Mustang? Or are we channeling our inner Wright brothers? 

Joe Farace  |  Oct 02, 2015  |  0 comments

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially refers to quadcopters as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) but they obviously have more in common with the kind of hobbyist’s radio-controlled aircraft that have been around since I was a member of the Poly Aeroneers in high school. Yet tech blogs and social media endlessly refer to quadcopters as “drones” when the only thing a General Atomics MQ-1 Predator and a DJI Phantom 1 have in common is that they’re capable of flight. But they’re not without some controversy.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Sep 11, 2015  |  0 comments

DJI has introduced two new Mircro Four Thirds-sensor-based cameras for its DJI Inspire 1 pro aerial camera drones.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Sep 10, 2015  |  0 comments

NANUK 945 DJI Drone Case: Ideal for drone users, this durable case is crafted from lightweight NK-7 resin with a top foam insert and a polyurethane lower foam insert. The case measures 25.1x19.9x8.8 inches and weighs 12.7 pounds. It is watertight (with a maximum buoyance of 120 pounds), temperature range is a minimum of 20˚F to a maximum of 140˚F. The NANUK 945 DJI drone case has a conditional lifetime warranty and is available in your choice of olive, orange, silver, yellow, graphite or black. 

The Editors  |  Sep 04, 2015  |  0 comments

(The Goods is a new feature in Shutterbug that spotlights the hottest premium photo gear out there.)

Cynthia Boylan  |  Aug 13, 2015  |  0 comments

Drones are wonderful tools for photographers (versatile and fun to operate) but for one reason or another not every flight goes as planned. This brief viral video—captured in Victoria, Australia by photographer Adam Lancaster—documents a dramatic encounter between a DJI camera drone (just flying along, minding its own business) and what appears to be an irate wedge-tailed eagle.

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 23, 2015  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever flown a drone, you know these flying eggbeaters are prone to crashing…sometimes in very hard-to-reach locations.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jun 04, 2015  |  0 comments

HEXO+: The HEXO+ is another new imaging drone that is capable of auto-following and auto-filming your subject. The HEXO+ is similar to the Lily Flying Camera drone, which we featured last month and took the UAV world by storm.

Dan Havlik  |  May 12, 2015  |  0 comments

I see a lot of cool imaging gadgets in my line of work but the Lily Flying Camera is one of the more intriguing devices I’ve looked at in a while. A remote controlled aerial drone in the vein of the popular Phantom quadcopters from DJI, Lily adds an interesting new twist to UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). It’s fully automated and requires very little to no practice from users to take it for an aerial spin and capture sky-high video footage and still photos.

Lorin R. Robinson  |  May 07, 2015  |  0 comments

For commercial photographers and videographers hoping for clear signals from the FAA regarding the use of imaging drones in their businesses, the agency’s announcement yesterday of its new Pathfinder program may not sit well.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 13, 2015  |  0 comments

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: it’s not nice to buzz wildlife with aerial drones. In the latest incident of “when animals attack drones,” a chimpanzee at the Royal Burgers’ Zoo in the Netherlands can be seen swatting a pesky drone out of the air with a big stick in the below video.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 09, 2015  |  0 comments

DJI launched its new Phantom 3 drone to much fanfare yesterday with potential pilots most jazzed about the surprisingly reasonable price ($1,259 for the Pro model, and $999 for the Advanced) and the new features (4K video and live streaming) of this UAV.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 08, 2015  |  0 comments

DJI just launched a brand new camera drone: the Phantom 3 quadcopter, which features an improved video and still camera along with several new tools to make shooting and sharing aerial video and photos with this UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) easier.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 07, 2015  |  0 comments

By now, drone assisted cinematography (and photography) is really noting new but the people at the Brain Farm have just taken it to an entirely new and very exciting level. The idea behind this innovative experiment was to move beyond the usual “GoPro-style” set up by equipping a large pro quality drone (an Aerigon UAV model) with a massive Phantom Flex4K slow motion camera, at a total price tag of about a quarter of a million dollars worth of airborne gear.

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