Drone – 遙控攝影機

(照片取自 Contrastly)

早在幾年前第一台DJI Drone上市的時候, 我就開始注意, 但是沒有一頭栽進去是因為後來覺得那時的Drone 很貴, 功能不齊全, 操作困難, 很多人都還自己DIY改造, 我決定繼續關注, 等待時機成熟.

今年五月初去Palm Springs Photo Festival拿了一堂Drone class, 課堂上老師擺了大概十台不同的Drone, 從最便宜的US$40到一萬五美金都有, 功能比以往要改善許多 (當然還有進步空間, 不然你就不會換新機啦), 操作簡單多了, 拍照或錄影的品質也變得很好 (4K videos).

我後來挑出二台Drone考慮 – DJI Mavic Pro 適合講究攜帶方便的人, 拍攝品質都很不錯, 另一台則是DJI Phantom 4 Pro 適合講究高畫質的商業錄影, 價差約五百美金左右, 最後我選擇前者, 因為它的體積小又輕, 拍攝品質對我來說綽綽有餘, 加上有折扣, 就帶一台回家了.

Drone即將改變我的攝影視野, 因為以前要坐飛機才看得到的角度, 現在我可以透過遙控攝影機看到 (400 ft 其實很高), 太棒了!! 是說考執照這件事就有點 . . . . . . . . . .

接下來要分享我在課堂上所學, 有關Hobbyists使用Drone 的法律規定.

  1. 你要向FAA註冊 (if your aircraft weighs between 0.55 lbs. and up to 55 lbs.), $5 for three years. 以人為主, 所以不論你有幾台Drone, 只要註冊一次, 政府會給你一個號碼, 你把號碼寫在或印標籤貼在每一台Drone上, 建議貼在電池內部, 比較不容易被人偷看到拿去亂用.
  2. 如果你所拍攝的空中照片或影片是做商業用途, 也就是有人付錢給你, 你就必須先拿到Part 107執照.
  3. 至少13歲 (if the owner is less than 13 years of age, a person 13 years of age or older must register the small unmanned aircraft)
  4. 綠卡居民或美國公民
  5. Fly below 400 feet
  6. Keep your UAS within sight
  7. Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports
  8. Never fly over groups of people
  9. Never fly over stadiums or sports events
  10. Never fly near emergency response efforts such as fires
  11. Never fly under the influence
  12. Be aware of airspace requirements
  13. Never fly in National Parks
  14. Never fly near fires (Fine $25,000)


Hash tag #fromwhereIdrone 就會自動被收進Instagram

FromWhereIDrone.com 是一個很棒的網站, 也是這堂課的講師

“Air Map” is an app tells you where is the NO FLY ZONES

“Prime” is an app for editing

5/25 Update: DJI just came out a new drone – Spark.  It’s smaller, cheaper, still produce good quality footages, good for Selfie (control by hand gesture), and young adults to play.  Perfect for Christmas gift idea.

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