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Title: Drone
Post by: Jediboy on June 12, 2020, 09:28:56 PM
After what must be a couple of years of debating, I have finally purchased a drone.

Went for a DJI Mavic Air 2 flymore combo.

I had my first flight today and I loved it. The video quality is really good, and I have plans for some projects I'm working on.

I'm like an excited little boy at the moment.
Its a great bit of kit for fun and can produce shots from a different perspective that I've never had before.

Just got to get better at flying it now.
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: StephenBatey on June 12, 2020, 09:34:04 PM
Have fun!

Title: Re: Drone
Post by: Jediboy on June 12, 2020, 09:37:03 PM
Cheers Stephen. Praying for good wetaher so I can get out and play again.
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: Oldboy on June 12, 2020, 11:23:16 PM
Yes, have fun and enjoy. A chap I know has one, and the shots/video he gets over Sandwell Valley are fantastic.   :tup:
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: anglefire on June 13, 2020, 07:30:46 AM
Do you not have to be licenced to fly a drone these days? I know there was talk about it along with Model aircraft?
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: jinky on June 13, 2020, 09:51:56 AM
Do you not have to be licenced to fly a drone these days? I know there was talk about it along with Model aircraft?

I`m sure Jediboy will have been advised / have looked into it. I looked into it when I was doing wedding shoots and at that time you only needed a licence if for business use. Now I believe you have to register and do a free online course with the CAA to register as a flyer and your drone. You then just have to follow the rules re: how close to buildings / events you get and how high you go / keep away from airports. That said enforcement is poor anyway. When I looked into it I contacted the Police amidst confusion in online chat re: my situation. Left in no doubt that I needed to register and qualify as a business user but then found many venues wouldn`t allow me to fly over them anyway. Told then a a private user I was OK as long as I kept away from houses / buildings and concerts/ parks. A week later the same force did a Facebook appeal asking all to look out for an 11 year olds Christmas present - a drone he and his dad had crashed whilst flying above their house and neighbours` gardens etc. very annoying and I commented that they were flying illegally anyway. I got such a barrage of abuse for being a scrooge and having a go about a boy`s present  ;D. I explained the duplicity of the Police force in not applying the law as they had stated to me and people then understood my annoyance with them but it was typical of confusion at that time.
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: Jediboy on June 13, 2020, 11:21:59 AM
I have a couple of friends who fly drones for business and they are a good source of advice and information.

I have taken the CAA test and paid my fee, which gets me an operator ID. Sadly it seems that lots of people fly irresponsibly but I'm keen to do things properly. If I get more into it I may consider the next level which allows me to operate as a 'business' and fly closer to certain things. Buts thats one for the future. For now its more of a hobby and for my own projects.
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: jinky on June 13, 2020, 11:59:29 AM
I have a couple of friends who fly drones for business and they are a good source of advice and information.

I have taken the CAA test and paid my fee, which gets me an operator ID. Sadly it seems that lots of people fly irresponsibly but I'm keen to do things properly. If I get more into it I may consider the next level which allows me to operate as a 'business' and fly closer to certain things. Buts thats one for the future. For now its more of a hobby and for my own projects.

Should be fun. I keep wondering but might leave it until my grandkids are a bit older to do with them.
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: anglefire on June 13, 2020, 01:28:00 PM
A couple of friends of mine are into it - as well as model aircraft - though one has upgraded from models to the real thing and has got his PPL and a share in a aircraft - which he basically can't currently fly due to the Covid-19 as its not essential travel - though could become a volunteer and deliver food parcels.
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: Jediboy on July 05, 2020, 02:24:03 PM
This is a photo from the drone, unedited and straight out of the camera. I'm really pleased.
This is the local park in my village.

(https://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11327/normal_thumbnail-6.jpeg) (https://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=23792&fullsize=1)
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: Jediboy on July 05, 2020, 02:26:42 PM
And this one was edited in an app on my phone. Its not bad but will have a play in Lightroom on the Mac.

(https://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11327/normal_thumbnail-5.jpeg) (https://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=23793&fullsize=1)
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: Oldboy on July 05, 2020, 07:39:44 PM
Two cracking shots but love the first one best. Really clear image with great lighting making the colours standout.  :tup:
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: Jediboy on July 05, 2020, 09:22:26 PM
Cheers Oldboy.
I agree, the first one is better.

Still getting used to flying it, but having loads of fun.
Considering taking the next level of license which means I can earn money (not my main goal) but more importantly opens up being able to fly closer to things and in places where I can't at the moment.
Will see?
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: jinky on July 06, 2020, 01:36:01 PM
They look really good quality pictures. Output from drones has really com eon since the early days. I`d be scared of crashing it / running out of battery and smashing it up  :)
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: Hinfrance on July 06, 2020, 01:49:36 PM
No need to worry with a DJI Paul - from the old Mavic air (which I have) upwards they all have something called APAS, which is an obstacle avoidance system - you can turn it off, I usually do, I find watching where I'm flying it is the best policy! Also when the battery hits 30% (can change that if you like) it automatically returns to home, and will land within 6 inches of where it took off.

And Happy Birthday :)

Here's one from my Mavic Air Mk1, jpg straight out of the drone (I does RAW too):

(https://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10146/normal_Plaisance-Plaisance-DJI_0523.jpg) (https://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=23795&fullsize=1)
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: jinky on July 06, 2020, 02:41:55 PM
Wow - clever stuff and again a happy birthday right back at you  ;)
Title: Re: Drone
Post by: anglefire on July 13, 2020, 07:20:17 AM
Cheers Oldboy.
I agree, the first one is better.

Still getting used to flying it, but having loads of fun.
Considering taking the next level of license which means I can earn money (not my main goal) but more importantly opens up being able to fly closer to things and in places where I can't at the moment.
Will see?

Saw the friend of mine with the PPL at the weekend - and he did say if you go for the commercial licence it is a lot more onerous as you have to file flight plans with the caa and have full insurance and unless you plan making momey at it, not to bother.