While operating his drone near the York River in Virginia, Donglai Gong accidentally found a harmful algal bloom or HAB. Donglai, an assistant professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, was curious and took some photos. This random event quickly led to something larger, the involvement of NASA. Drones are the next evolutionary step in HAB detection; that's why they are being used by NASA in and outside of the Virginia area.
Getting the most from your new drone doesn't have to be difficult. We've defined the five most common aerial photography shots and provided you with the details you will need to recreate them. With a little practice, you'll be taking your drone videos to the next level.
Over the last few years drones have become a popular tool in film and video production. With more and more content being created it's important to set your content apart and using a storyboard can do just that. A storyboard is a tool for collaboration and gear selection. It can also be useful in clearly communicating your desired shot and staying legal.
Chris January of The Telegraph recently used the latest GoPro Karma Drone and Karma Grip to capture the innate beauty of Popeye Village; a family entertainment complex originally built as a movie set. Malta has rarely looked at serenely beautiful as it does in the above video, shot by The Telegraph's Chris January using GoPro's [...]
Each day, new ideas are brought forth in the drone industry by enterprising entrepreneurs. It's exciting to watch, and it gives me hope for a bright future filled with drones. However, when I read about the stifling regulations the FAA and government organizations have created that hope can quickly fade. When Jim Komsa launched his [...]
On VertWorx, I recently highlighted the Public Lab Squid Kite, that can help you capture some aerial shots on a shoe-string budget. Chung Dha has another solution; he uses his Samsung Galaxy S8, a smooth phone gimbal and 5 meter boom pole. This combination is definitely more expensive then the Public Lab solution, however the [...]
Lehmann Aviation historically focused on higher-end drones, now they've course corrected and are launching a brand new line of "future-proof" modular drones. Why replace your entire drone when you can simply upgrade a single component? Drone technology has changed rapidly over the past decade and France's Lehmann Aviation is looking to help professional drone users [...]
This year, YouTube has been filled with fireworks videos from a different perspective. Thanks to drones, and a number of drone operators who are skirting local laws, we can now see our Fourth of July tradition from a brand new view. Among the starbursts, strobes and other pyrotechnics of an Independence Day fireworks show, a [...]
With social media sites like Instagram all the rage these days, everyone is trying to get the perfect photo. Enter the "selfie drone". If you have ever considered purchasing a drone just for it's selfie photo capabilities, then you are going to want to read this article. There's nothing more annoying than a dad with [...]
A popular commercial drone use-case is aerial photogrammetry. Aerial photogrammetry creates 2D or 3D models from sets of aerial photographs. Drones are the perfect for collecting the required aerial photographs because of their simplicity and low operational costs. This has made traditional photogrammetric platforms (manned planes) that are still carrying heavy, sophisticated, expensive, and accurate sensors cumbersome and [...]