by Bryce J. Renninger.
The shots of New York, Berlin and other cities from above, the slow motion poetic explorations of summer afternoons, the panoramic aerial glimpses of Burning Man… they’re gorgeous, and they’re all made possible with the help of tiny cameras attached to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, specifically a breed of quadcopters that include the popular DJI Phantom but that also count a number of DIY types amongst the ranks. (If you haven’t seen any of these, check out our introduction to drone filmmaking videos).
A few weeks ago, the people at DSLRPros.com loaned to me their Ultimate Cinema Edition Aerial Kit. I took it out a few times. First, to get acquainted with the machine, and then to record some of the aerial shots I was able to get.
Here’s the kit. The quadcopter is the DJI Phantom, and it’s been rigged to accommodate a GoPro Hero 3 camera.
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