Random Jogger interrupts my epic drone selfie
Every so often, a new product comes along that changes an industry forever, I believe this new wave of affordable commercial drones are just such an example. While drones have been used heavily in commercials and films for a long time, the technology has never been affordable. Access to these visuals under $10,000 never seemed possible, but with the advances in drone and gimbal technology, it’s all becoming possible. It’s important to understand that the drone is only half the magic, a camera still needs to record the image. I used a GoPro 3+ on this flight, filmed in 2.7K RAW and colour corrected in Magic Bullet (no not the food processor). The GoPro technology is equally impressive, it’s used heavily to capture unique visuals on popular shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race. The GoPro 4 just came out last month and the images coming off of it must be seen to be believed. Check out the GoPro 4 promo video HERE
Although I do produce videos professionally for a living, i now
consider this a hobby too; every time i’m out for a flight i get that “this doesn’t feel like work” feeling – which is a great feeling. Although no one knows what the future holds, I can honestly say that something resembling Tom Cruise’s “Minority Report” is not an impossibility.
I woke up at 6am to charge up and head over to Scarborough Bluffs, the weather
was perfect, a little bit overcast, little to no wind and warm enough to go sans jacket. The drone selfie was actually
my last shot of the morning, but by far the most epic. The Bluffs proved a challenging place to film given the variety in the landscape. Each shot had to carefully consider the slopes and angles of the terrain so I could grab just the right perspective. I left a couple shots in that showcased the props spinning, I thought it added a bit of charm. The Bluffs are truly a magical area of the city that marries tranquility with human connection. Although many visit the Bluffs for peace and quiet, there exists an energy about the area which promotes conversation amongst its visitors.
Anytime i’m out flying, a crowd forms – people
look on in awe and ask many questions, they’re incredibly fascinated by the technology. I have yet to speak to anyone who doesn’t use the word ‘cool’ to describe what they see. It’s funny how much you think you know a place until you get a new perspective on it.
If you’re interested in getting into droning yourself, here are a few helpful reminders:
1. Always calibrate your drone before liftoff. It’s of the utmost important to “set your home” marker before
the aircraft leaves ground, unless you want to fall victim to a so called “fly away”
2. I would recommend the controller to be set to Naz Mode, the LED flight indicators are easier to monitor and if something
should go wrong mid-flight, its easy to trouble shoot quickly.
3. Never fly when your battery is below 30%. Although my batteries are supposed to last 25m each, below 30% you’re flying
on borrowed time.
4. Always Zig Zag on descent, lowering your drone directly down creates an imbalance in the direction and velocity of the wind,
which can send your craft spiralling out of control.
5. In order to fly your drone commercially, you need to file an official flight path and receive approval from Transport Canada.
Don’t expect to be Maverick right out of the box
Founder and creative director at Corbin Visual, Jon is an award winning video producer, Will Smith enthusiast and lover of all (most) things Apple. His 10 years of production experience are punctuated with high level projects for Canon, Bombardier, Princess Margaret Hospital, National Post and Tennis Canada.