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WP: Flights Of Fancy, Courtesy Of Drones
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Mark The Droner
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This was in the print edition of the Washington Post this morning:


Imagine your favorite vacation photo: that perfect sunset shot with waves gently crashing and an amber crescent reflecting off the ocean’s glassy surface.


Now imagine it from above.

Drone sales in the United States doubled in the year that ended in February, according to consumer trackers at the NPD Group. Researchers at Gartner project that the category will draw $6 billion in global market revenue in 2017, partially thanks to the popularity of personal drones. Photos and videos taken from drones’ unique perspective have begun invading our social media feeds.


“The cue for me was when consumer drones started offering features and verbiage like ‘takes selfies’ or ‘captures sound,’ ” said Dirk Dallas, founder of the website FromWhereIDrone.com.


“You can now be the star of your own picture or video clips, and there are selfie or automated modes that make capturing yourself easier. . . . You don’t have to bring a crew with you anymore.”


Dallas started his site after he purchased his first toy drone in 2013. He hoped to meet other hobbyists and professionals, and create an outlet for inspiration and advice. The name is a play on the popular shoe selfie hashtag #FromWhereIStand because. he said, “I look down as well, but from a few hundred feet up in the air.”


He flies a DJI Mavic Pro because its compact design makes it easy to take on planes. (“It fits in the small pocket of my backpack,” he says.) And his followers have grown beyond professionals and commercial drone pilots to include amateurs looking for that “epic vacation photo.”


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DJI dominates the consumer drone market; its most popular models sell for between $900 and $1,200. Pricey — but let’s remember: A 1.3-megapixel digital camera cost $20,000 in 1995. And loyal owners are quick to remind you that the price tag comes with lots of bells and whistles.


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/l ... _term=.9ea8eef29393


Note:  The print edition article was titled "Attack Of The Drones"

2017-10-22
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ALABAMA
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Nice read!
2017-10-22
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Montfrooij
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Thanks for the share!
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Great illustration! Thanks for sharing with us!
2017-10-23
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