Product review: DJI Spark drone

March 2018 issue Tech

There’s an old adage that the best camera is the one you have with you. For many of us, that camera is often the smartphone in our pocket. Drone maker DJI wants to add a camera to your take-it-everywhere collection. To do this, the company introduced a tiny drone that weighs just over a half pound, takes 12-megapixel photos, shoots HD video, and can cut through the air at over 30mph. They named this little aerial marvel Spark.© Justin Moore Spark can fly in Sport mode up to 30mph if you...Continue Reading >

Review: PolarPro Cinema Series filters

10.25.2017 Tech

Drone videos have come a long way. Just a few years ago, warped, shaky, low-altitude drone video was so new it was mind blowing. Times have changed.Today, drone operators are able to capture stunning, stabilized aerial videos with camera systems that get better with each new drone that hits the market. If you want a piece of this action, you’ll want to consider purchasing a set of neutral density (ND) filters to add to your drone’s carrying case.Videos are simply large collections of...Continue Reading >

Product review: DJI’s Inspire 2 drone

October 2017 issue Tech

The Inspire 2, DJI’s flagship professional drone, will fill you with creative inspiration. This is the long-awaited successor to the Inspire 1, a drone that became the mainstay on movie sets around the globe. The $2,999 price tag (without camera) reflects its superior level of engineering and sophistication.AIRFRAMEThe Inspire 2 inherits its predecessor’s design, with landing gear that pivots upward to bring the motors above the fuselage, allowing the camera to have an unobstructed...Continue Reading >

PPA launches new drone photography certification

July 2017 issue News

Justin Moore first to be certified by PPAIn response to a growing interest in aerial images, PPA has launched a drone photography certification program. To become a certified drone photographer, a PPA member must submit an application showing that he or she meets certain minimum requirements—an FAA Section 333 certificate or remote pilot certificate (Part 107), proof of general liability insurance, UAS registration number, and a logbook summarizing 30 hours of flight time—and then pass a...Continue Reading >

Aerial Milestone: DJI Phantom 4 Pro

6.26.2017 Tech

The Phantom 4 Pro drone introduces significant upgrades—a completely new camera, a new obstacle avoidance system, and more. This caught many people by surprise when it was introduced late last year.© Justin MooreWhen DJI introduced its Phantom 4, the price of having an obstacle avoidance system was a frustrating decrease in the drone’s speed when flying in the popular Position/GPS mode. DJI recognized this limitation and increased the Phantom 4 Pro’s top speed by 10 mph while...Continue Reading >

New product review: DJI Mavic Pro

April 2017 issue Tech

Ever heard of an aerial camera that shoots 4K video, folds down to the size of a water bottle, and can stay aloft for nearly 30 minutes? Until several months ago, no one had. In September 2016, drone maker DJI introduced the Mavic Pro and with it, a new genre of personal drones that are small, capable, and full of technology.You have to get your hands on a Mavic Pro before you can fully appreciate how compact it is. For your convenience, DJI offers a Fly More combo that features a small...Continue Reading >

Keeping up with the drones: Interdrone 2016

9.21.2016 News

This year’s international drone convention, Interdrone, was attended by more than 3,500 people and reflected the rapid maturing of the commercial drone industry. The FAA’s new Part 107 regulations were prevalent throughout the convention and there was a particular focus on the data that drones capture. Here are some key highlights from the show.© Justin Moore FAA Administrator Michael HuertaPart 107 drone regulationsFrom the keynote address of FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to...Continue Reading >