My grandfather designed, built and flew model airplanes. These were not from kits or out of a box.
I remember the first time he handed me the controls and asked if I wanted to land one for him. What little kid would say no? Of course, I ended up crashing it.
Fast forward to this morning when I found myself standing by second base on the baseball field and flying my first drone.
Drone photography and video is something I’ve always been eager to try and having this arrive just before my birthday was a perfect surprise.
I’ll be posting a full review once I’ve used it more, but I wanted to provide some initial thoughts immediately after using it.
Thanks to a “safe” mode, I was able to take off and start flying almost immediately.
Flying in this mode puts a protective barrier around the controller so you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself and it limits the controls to the most basic of directions so you don’t do any flips and crashes.
There is also a switch to instantly put it into “home” mode which brings it right back to where it took off from. All of my tests with this worked perfectly.
My only complaint so far is that there isn’t a manual of any sort to walk you through everything I needed to know. There is no audio in the videos that follow because the default setting is for no audio. This makes sense, but I wish I had known.
Here is a video of my first flight. I went to a wide open field where I wouldn’t have to worry about people, trees or buildings.
It comes with a built in stabilizer for the camera and I wanted to see how steady it would keep it and you can see it performed very well as I jerked it around.
Finally, the FAA has set regulations of 400 feet as the maximum height drones can be flown. I discovered that I could program a maximum height into the software, so being a good citizen I set it at 390 feet and sent it up to see how high that was. Definitely high enough for me.
All of these videos are straight off the memory card and uploaded to YouTube. They are compressed by the site, but I’m blown away with how great the quality is for someone that doesn’t even know what they are doing yet.
The ST-10+ Controller has a built in Android touch screen so you can see what the drone sees at any time, plus giving you tons of real time data. Here is my proof to the FAA that I was flying legally. 🙂
With thirty minutes of flight time per battery, the Chroma 4K is a powerful piece of equipment that I’m eager to use in my storytelling adventures.
Sure, I could only take drone selfies (dronies?) like this one, but I’ve got bigger plans than that.
You can find out all the details about this drone and the complete line of Chroma Drones at FlyChroma.com.
Don’t forget that if you get a drone for Christmas that starting on December 21, 2015 you must register it with the FAA.
Disclosure – Horizon Hobby has given me the drone with the expectation of a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”
Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.
Official bios and headshots can be found below.
Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…
Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.
If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.
I’m currently shooting with a Canon 80D, an iPhone 7+ and a Chroma 4k Drone.
With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters and HBO.
I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.
Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.
I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.
I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.
I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.
On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.
I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.
I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.
Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.
Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well-done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.
To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.
C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.
He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better. C.C. has taught classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).
C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.
C.C. is the past Chairman of the Board at Wediko and currently serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at CC-Chapman.com
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.
C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.
He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s, even more, to know about C.C. Chapman if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.
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