Why drones are the future of travel photojournalism

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.

Aerial footage from Typhoon Haiyoon in the Philippines

Photo Credit: Buzzfeed

Aerial footage of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Photo Credit: Buzzfeed

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: 

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Frances Dumlao is a 20-something travel blogger and multimedia journalist that spends her time between New York City and Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter at @francesdumlao.

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