DJI Mavic Mini Review: Fun Flyer

8.20.2020 Tech

Most people can’t hide a grin when they hold the DJI Mavic Mini in the palm of their hand because they just can’t believe how light it is. Battery installed, this diminutive drone weighs just over a half pound—249 grams—which means you don’t have to pay to register the drone with the FAA. DJI has done it again. They’ve literally redefined the concept of a take-anywhere aerial camera by designing a feature-rich drone that will fit in the most compact spaces.Key FeaturesLike... Continue Reading >

Product Review: DJI Drone Smart Controller

May 2020 issue Tech

Sunlight: The bane of vampires and drone pilots trying to capture photographs using the dimly lit screen of a smartphone or tablet. Enter the DJI Smart Controller, the fusion of a remote controller and a sunlight-readable built-in display. With a hefty price tag of $749, it might be easy to disregard the Smart Controller, but to do so could be a mistake considering the number of potential must-have features it includes.© Courtesy DJIKEY FEATURESDJI says the Smart Controller boasts a... Continue Reading >

High-flying art: Using technology to pre-visualize drone images

February 2020 issue Profiles

The best drone artists steal their ideas right from satellite imagery—and improve on them. That’s the strategy of artists J.P. and Mike Andrews, two U.K.-born brothers known for their incredible aerial images. They’re some of the world’s best drone photographers, but the time they spend flying drones is minuscule compared to the time they spend researching their shots.© Abstract Aerial ArtThe two brothers will drive for hours to remote corners of the earth to photograph bizarre... Continue Reading >

Photographer uses light-carrying drone to draw shapes

February 2020 issue Documentary

What’s more captivating than the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in southwestern Bolivia? The Salar de Uyuni salt flats illuminated by a light-toting drone flying a perfect circle.Last summer photographer Reuben Wu had the opportunity to test the Phase One XT camera during a weeklong Bolivian road trip. He used the camera plus his Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 70mm f/5.6 lens and a tripod. His goal was to build on his photo series that features geometric shapes of light above natural landscapes. He... Continue Reading >

2019 Drone Awards Photographer of the Year

10.25.2019 News

Polish photographer Jacek Deneka was named 2019 Drone Awards Photographer of the Year for this aerial shot of cross-country skiers at the Bieg Piastow Skiing Festival in Jakuszyce, Poland. The 2019 Drone Awards contest honored winners in six categories: abstract, nature, people, sport, wildlife, urban, and video.The contest’s more than 4,500 submissions were judged by 44 photographer jurors from 34 countries. A gallery of the winning images will be displayed at the “Sky’s the Limit”... Continue Reading >

Review: DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone

July 2019 issue Tech

© Justin Moore The 20-megapixel sensor on the Mavic 2 Pro gives aerial photographers more creative cropping options, including vertical crops like this photo of the USS Lexington anchored at Corpus Christi, Texas.Go anywhere, no compromiseA 20-megapixel Hasselblad camera in a foldable drone with 360-degree collision avoidance—too good to be true? Welcome to the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, the latest incarnation of DJI’s wildly popular Mavic series.A couple of years ago, DJI acquired a majority... Continue Reading >

Filters On High: Tiffen Mavic 2 Zoom 6 Filter Kit

1.31.2019 News

Kudos to Tiffen for a well-designed collection. I tested the Mavic 2 Zoom 6 Filter Kit that’s part of the Tiffen ND (neutral-density) Aerial Collection for drones. My tests were of the six ND filters in the set— three ND and three ND with polarizer (PL) filters—which are housed in a nice tin case.© EDDIE TAPP Neutral density filters and polarizers are an essential tool in any photographer’s equipment bag, and they’re particularly important for creating long-exposure drone... Continue Reading >

Drone photography captures winding road to Transylvania

September 2018 issue News

Photographer Calin Stan has made more than 200 drone images of the exceptionally winding roads that lead to Romania’s legendary Transylvania. Here’s what we learned about the making of his series “Infinite Road to Transylvania”:Why these roads: Inspiration struck while Stan was traveling to see a client in Brasov along the twisted DN1A highway. He parked, got out of his car, and made a drone shot that went viral on social media. He turned that inspiration into a project, making... Continue Reading >

Product review: DJI Mavic Air drone

July 2018 issue Tech

The Mavic Air, introduced in January, represents the latest iteration of DJI’s top-selling drone line, the Mavic series. The Air name might represent that the drone is about half the weight of the Mavic Pro or could simply serve as a reminder that DJI is the Apple of drones in that it dominates the worldwide market share. What is clear about the Mavic Air is that it represents another evolution in DJI’s mission of bundling new features into a take-anywhere package.© Justin... Continue Reading >