WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COMBINE DRONES WITH FASHION? YOU GET AERIAL SELFIES…

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of video work for the upcoming John Ablaza Couture & Culture fashion show here in Phoenix Arizona. Until now, all of the video that was shot had nothing to do with drones so there was obviously no reason to tell you about it on here, but that changed yesterday when we decided to take an aerial group selfie at the show rehearsal.

The show rehearsal went well. We shot a ton of footage which is what we came there to do, but afterwords the models went into what’s called the cathedral room and we took an aerial group selfie. The cathedral room is one of many features of the Ice House–an old Ice factory that was later converted into venue space. Since it had no roof, it was the perfect place to try shooting some drone footage.

USING THE RONIN M FOR THE FIRST TIME

All of the shots in this video were taken using the new DJI Ronin M which was received less than 24 hours before the rehearsal. This is not a gimbal review, but my first impressions with the Ronin M would be that the battery life is incredible. I was shooting video (on and off) for about 5 hours and at the end of the day, the battery was still at 75% according to the indicator lights. The footage looks good using the autotune function, but I think it would look even better tuning it manually, so I’ll have to do some more testing.

ABOUT THE DRONE

For the aerial shots, the Inspire 1 was used. The Phantom 3 would’ve been a better choice (especially flying around people in a small space) but unfortunately it was still on it’s way here from DJI in China. Flying in the cathedral room was challenging, since there were thin metal wires stretching from one wall to another, but I was able to get GPS reception which helped keep the Inspire 1 from drifting into the walls as a was framing.