Why drones are the future of travel photojournalism
Toy drones are becoming better and cheaper, making it easier to create gorgeous photojournalism.
Photographers and drone hobbyists have used unmanned aircrafts to take aerial views of monuments, panning shots of cliff sides, and close ups of black bears –things the average traveler couldn’t do before without dishing out loads of money for helicopter rides or expensive equipment.
Toy drones now run as low as $80 with almost the same quality as professional models. Which can only mean more cool travel videos.
Journalists are slowly catching on
Photojournalist Lewis Whyld from the Daily Telegraph is a drone hobbyist that used the technology to take video of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Because of wreckage on roads and infrastructure, journalists couldn’t get into the region. His footage was the first to report the devastation.
Loosening of commercial drone rules
There are some legal issues about flying an aircraft over 400 feet above ground and near airports. But it seems the Federal Aviation Adminstration (FAA) is slowly loosening some of its rules. Recently, the FAA gave permission for the first time for a commercial drone to fly over land. Now it’s considering giving several filmmakers permission to use drones for aerial shots.
Drone photography may be the next big thing since camera phones.
There isn’t much information about drone photography for the average consumer yet. But I managed to dig up some great resources on drone photography:
- I suggest you read up on Kike Calvo who writes a blog series on National Geographic about using drone to take stunning aerial photography and covering international stories. He talks about tech side of drone photography while also covering how it’s used in international stories.
- CNN also shared some practical information about the legalities and safety issues when flying a drone. Hobbyists had great advice for first-timers when it comes to cost and choosing the right equipment.