Flying Us Into The Future

What is a Drone?

As defined by, “A drone, in a technological context, is an unmanned aircraft.” More formally known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), a drone is basically a flying robot that may be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems, working in conjunction with GPS.

UAVs have mostly been associated with the military; however, the use of drones for leisure, sports, surveillance, aerial photography, shooting movies, and search and rescue operations, among other things has been on the rise, primarily due to the fact that these UAVs can often access locations that would otherwise be impossible for a human to get to. Drones literally take things to a higher level.

Jaime Bender of From the Grapevine expands on one of the trending uses of drones on his blog titled Are drones the newest trend in wedding videos?

Robots may not be able to feel emotion, but they sure know how to capture it. As more people are clued into the expansive beauty that can be achieved from a drone video, they're starting to incorporate these handy hovercrafts into everyday life – vacations, weddings, parades, festivals, hikes, beach parties ... basically anywhere multiple people congregate to enjoy the outdoors.

At the same time, professional videographers are starting to see the benefits of this relatively new technique, offering drone videos as an option for clients. After all, what better way to harness the spectacular views and picturesque landscape of that wedding venue than by sending your camera into unmanned flight?

“It's like having another shooter with you, getting angles that you couldn't normally achieve from a tripod or on the ground,” Fernando Decillis, a photographer based in Atlanta, told From The Grapevine. "And when you combine that with the emotion and joy you see at a wedding, I can definitely see why couples would want to use a drone to film their wedding, and why photographers would want to invest in them."

This technique works best if you've got a friend in the biz, as evidenced by this video by a Portland, Oregon, owner of a video production company, who attended the wedding of two close friends and conveniently brought his drone along.

And this gorgeous moving panorama of a Greek couple's nuptials is sure to have you getting to the church on time.