Early this year, I started flying small rc quadcopters for fun. I learned on micros, then moved to minis. I spent a lot of hours in the evening (and even during breaks at the office) flying as much as a could. I bought a fleet of batteries for my favorite quad so I could spend as much time in the air as possible. I even got to rebuild a friend’s bigger quadcopter after a catastrophic crash, teaching me a lot about the parts that make up these birds. I crashed a lot too, but could very clearly see progress in my control and skills over time.
I learned a lot of what I know about RC flying the same way I learn most new things: I went to YouTube. It didn’t take much time learning on YouTube to figure out that there are several different worlds within RC quadcopters: FPV racing (small, very fast quads flown while wearing goggles that show you real time footage from an onboard camera for a first person view), Game of Drones (think Battle Bots with quadcopters), and finally aerial photography. I studied Photographic Arts in college, and though I don’t shoot nearly as much as I did then, I still have a passion for photography. It seemed like it might be time to see about combining my new hobby of flying with my old one of photography. Read More →