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Drones: availability, functionality, and usability
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Drone flight could be a career opening for teens

Unmanned aerial vehicle, more commonly referred to as drones or UAVs, are looked upon by some as an invasion of privacy in the way that most recreational drones have a camera on them, whether it be live feed or seen post-flight, and on a lot of them run for less than 100 dollars, but most others may think of a drone for recreational uses such as a flight over the coastline or a rolling vineyard, or even racing your drone at speeds that can soar above 80 miles per hour! Some of the highest end personal drones are produced by DJI or Dà-Jiāng Innovations, and one of their highest end drones, the Inspire 1 PRO, can shoot with a thermal camera and utilizes an automatic hover mode where if the user releases their grasp on the controller, it will automatically hover in place, and those are just some of the features. Unfortunately, this product isn’t for the average consumer, mainly because it’ll drain your wallet about 3,400 dollars.

Drone flight may be a pastime for some, but for sophomore Reese Eddy, he sticks to flying mostly professionally. Reese flies a DJI Phantom 3 Professional, which can record 4K video, and has unique integrated flight modes such as a beginner mode for first-time flyers which allows the user to set the range the drone will fly from you so you can literally stay in your comfort zone. Reese has flown his drone for a wedding service where he took aerial shots of the venue at Tooth and Nail Winery, and followed the bride and groom throughout the vineyard, filming the whole time, and received about 100 dollars from the job. “Producing acceptable-looking footage continues to drop in cost. Film, and by film I mean digital video, is the new major medium of communication that people expect. Although Hollywood continues to pioneer new techniques and advanced effects, the basic audio/visual storytelling capabilities of the average digital-device-holding-citizen make them competitive in the multimedia industry. This capacity to produce on the cheap threatens the traditional structure of exclusive big production studios which were able to charge huge amounts of money for their high-end and unique technology and skills. Luckily for big studios, the market for entertainment continues to grow. They will be hit hard if we run into another major recession and society trades costly cinema trips for cheaper stay-at-home options like streaming short videos and the like,” said PRHS Video Production teacher John Rucker.

Drone flight is something that any person could do professionally. Seeing as they’re getting cheaper and cheaper, it’s getting a lot easier and easier to get a controller in your hands. It’s easy to start a business with your drone with things like an advertising, filmmaking, or even as far as inspecting areas of land according to Camera-equipped drones create unique opportunities for videographies that have been otherwise been unobtainable seeing as in the past these kinds of aerial shots have only been shot from a manned aerial vehicle such as a plane or a helicopter, and there are plenty of employment opportunities for aspiring teens or anyone who is up for the challenge of flight.dronegraphic

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