On the 22nd October this year, vice-chairman John Dingemans, gave a presentation on drone photography.
John has been a farmer for many years and now helps his son manage the farm in north Herts. He uses a drone to help with survey work around the farm, it being a much quicker and more efficient way to check out the land around the farm.
John started off with a DJI Phantom which they used successfully around the farm. They use it to check out weed infestation, ditch locations and conditions and other stuff which helps them to get the best from their crops. However, John has now moved on to the bigger and much more expensive DJI Phantom.
John gave a demonstration of the Phantom which has an undercarriage that retracts and gives the camera full unrestricted 360 degree access to shoot. However, in order to operate the camera in swivel mode, two people are required. One to operate the drone and one to operate the camera. John uses it in single person mode and has to turn the drone itself as the camera is locked in the fixed ahead position only.
John can view what the camera sees remotely by a wifi connection to his mobile phone which is fitted to the drone controller.
When he’s not surveying crops or checking out the condition of his hedgerows, John likes to use the drone in some more leisurely pursuits; he recently shot a BMX demonstration held in his village which got him unique views of the action from above.
Below are some shots taken by John on his drones:
And finally, a video demo of the DJI Inspire