Lunch Break With A Drone

Since I got my new drone I’ve been using my lunch breaks every now and then to go out and shoot some photos and videos and generally have fun. Also, this is often the only time of the week I can actually dedicate to taking pictures. Luckily there’s a ton of stuff right at my reach, just outside of downtown Sarajevo. Really beautiful nature around here. I mean, I knew that before, but I really started appreciating it since I’ve been trying to photograph it, and from a whole new perspective. Another great thing about shooting on lunch breaks is that there’s no crowds in the most beautiful and the most popular spots.

The old Roman Bridge right outside of downtown Sarajevo

Weirdly I find myself editing drone shots mostly on my Android phone, in Snapseed. I was so reluctant at first. I just felt as if the quality of the work done can’t be the same. I was right about that actually, but it’s better than an image straight from the SD card, and I have something to show to people.

Air polution over Kremes/Vogosca, right outside of Sarajevo

I really rarely have the time to edit my photos properly, and I certainly can’t do that during the same lunch break I take for shooting. At the same time, I decided to start experimenting with Instagram, although I have an account there for years, I was not active there really, there is a lot that one can learn from a Waikiki photographer. Editing my drone images on the phone, especially for Instagram, is so convenient. I can download images directly into my phone while the drone is still in the air. I usually start editing, or at least selecting images on my way back to the office (if I’m in my car, if I’m on my motorcycle that’s obviously not possible), and I usually have at least one of my images Instagram-ready by the time I get home that day.

Another look at the old Roman Bridge from above

I’ve even started looking into ways of editing short videos from my drone footage. Well not exactly footage, but video cache DJI GO app saves on my phone automatically. This video cache is what I was looking at in FPV mode while flying the drone. It’s “low-res”, but it’s more than enough for Instagram.  I’m trying out this VivaVideo app and it’s the only tool I used for my first Instagram video edited completely on my phone, and made from the mentioned video cache. Have a look below.

Please let me know what you think in the comments below. Is this phone editing thing good enough for showing to other people and showcasing in my blog/yt/Instagram/… accounts. If you haven’t, check me out on Instagram.


6 thoughts on “Lunch Break With A Drone

      1. Thanks very much, I’m trying hard to get better at photography. BTW, I’m a technologist from the 80’s and I agree with you, photography is a natural by-product of our geekness…. 🙂

        I’m thinking of getting the DJI Phantom 4 Professional, but haven’t made the leap yet. I had many RC aircraft in the 90’s and early 2000’s, so I’m sure I could quickly adapt. Sounds like a blast!

        1. Hahahaha, I obviously agree with that :D.

          As for the drone. It is a blast. And it’s so much easier than RC planes, mostly because if you leave/drop the remote alone, it won’t crash, it’ll hover in place. Also return-to-home feature is a killer although it’s not new any more. I haven’t mentioned that in the post, but I regularly take longer than usual lunch breaks, like 2 hours, because aerial shooting is so addictive.

          P4 is a great drone, you won’t regret it, but I’d rather go with P3Pro and save some money on my first drone, in case you crash it badly (You will crash it for sure, hopefully it won’t be a big crash). You can still get a brand new P3Pro for $400 less. Here’s one at Adorama

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