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Can’t get enough of Drone Girl? Eh, I’m willing to bet you can. But if you absolutely, positively can’t, then find me on Twitter and Instagram!

Check out my Twitter account, @TheDroneGirl, to get links to some of my top blog posts, as well as links to other relevant drone stories in the news, and the most up-to-date information on where Drone Girl is flying next.

For photos posted here (as well as some bonus, never-before-seen images) in vintage, vignetted, sepia-toned glory, then check out my Instagram account. It’s my personal account, so you’ll have to put up with lots of sans-drone photos, including many from my kitchen documenting my obsessive cooking habit. But you’ll also get an occasional drone picture thrown in there!

I’m always looking for suggestions, so let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or through my contact page!

Flight diaries: Catching up with Drone Girl

Screen shot 2013-07-18 at 8.58.58 PMAnother week has flown by (no pun intended), and the drone is still going strong. But where is Drone Girl headed next? That’s up in the air.

With another week of flying under my belt, I’ve definitely been thinking more visually now, rather than just using a fancy technology. There should be a purpose for using a technology, and I think drones can put a lot of things in perspective via an aerial view. I’m recently most proud of my golf course photo, which I think accomplishes that. The photo shows the viewer how close the tees are to each other, what surrounds each hole, how large each hole is, etc. That’s something that your standard golf match photo can’t show. I studied photojournalism in college, so now that I’m better at flying, I want to think about good photography practices — visually appealing images (ie the good ole’ rule of thirds, leading lines, etc) that don’t just rely on the novelty factory of an aerial angle.

I’m considering doing video. It’ll take more time and effort, but in the next few weeks, I’m going to experiment with short videos. Stay tuned, and thanks for keeping up with Drone Girl!

Week Two thought roundup

Screen shot 2013-07-07 at 12.06.22 PMIt’s been two weeks since I flew my DJI Phantom on its maiden voyage– crazy that it hasn’t been that long. Anyway, here are my first impressions on the first couple weeks.

Everyone has been so nice and friendly! I’ll be walking through a park and so many people will make a quick comment like ‘cool copter.’ Other times people will ask what is it. And I’ll fly, and then people get interested and ask tons of questions. I love when people ask questions! It’s great to see curiosity and friendliness within the community. People want to ask what I’m doing, where I got my drone, etc. Continue reading Week Two thought roundup

Meet my drone(s)

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So it’s time I share my gear with you. As I am a mere hobbyist, my gear is (relatively) simple and cheap. I was a bit hesitant to share my gear, including the cost, but in an effort to be transparent about this hobby, I thought you should know.

The first drone I ever bought was a Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quadcopter, with a bumble bee shell. I got this because before I started flying around with my pricier drone, I wanted to practice on this one. If you want to buy a drone, I recommend you invest in a cheap, practice one first!

The controls require some hand-eye coordination, though for people who played video games growing up, it seems to feel natural (I spent my childhood playing with Barbies and my parents wouldn’t let me have video games). Thus, I’ve gotten this little guy stuck in trees and on top of roofs. Never fear, I’m a much better pilot now. Here are the deets on the BeeCopter.

  • Name: Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quad Copter – BumbleBee
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com (toys and game section!)
  • Price: $43
  • Producer: Syma
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Pros: Cheap, light, easy to fly, durable, also comes in a UFO design (but the bee is way cuter!)
  • Cons: Can’t attach a camera to it, doesn’t really do anything except (if you’re an experienced pilot) be a fun pet toy or cool party trick

Continue reading Meet my drone(s)

First drone flight

Welcome to The Drone Girl!

BNp_h8NCIAAIwdG.jpg_largeFor my first blog post, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you my first drone flight!

My first flight was Tuesday, June 25. I have experience flying drones through a project I worked on with The University of Missouri, as well as I had a mini drone I practiced on earlier this year, so my first flight went really well.

Tuesday evening, I flew over a secluded baseball field at Colonel Bill Barber Memorial Park, which is right near where I live in Irvine, Ca. That’s a fantastic spot to practice, because there are tons of baseball diamonds to fly over, and the odds of you flying remotely close to people were low (which I definitely want to stay away from people just for extra safety precautions). However, joggers and walkers saw my drone in the sky, were intrigued, and I was delighted to chat with them and show what I was doing! I got really great feedback — one group of young women were med students visiting family in Irvine, and they had tons of questions, which was awesome!

I spent about a half hour out there, practicing safe landings and takeoffs. But c’est la vie, my battery died, so it was time to go home. Where should I practice flying next?