Drones

Why a Drone Is My Favorite Purchase That I Did Not Need – Fstoppers

Summary

Drones are appealing to a wide gamut of people, from creatives to tech-heads, to aviation enthusiasts. For me, it was perhaps a blend of all three, but something I couldn’t easily justify. Nevertheless, I bought one anyway, and it turned out to be the best poor decision I’ve ever made.

I’m late to the party. Well, I bought a drone 14 months ago, but even then, I was late to the party. Drones had such hype around them from relatively early on, and I desperately wanted to dive in, but …….

Drones are appealing to a wide gamut of people, from creatives to tech-heads, to aviation enthusiasts. For me, it was perhaps a blend of all three, but something I couldn’t easily justify. Nevertheless, I bought one anyway, and it turned out to be the best poor decision I’ve ever made.

I’m late to the party. Well, I bought a drone 14 months ago, but even then, I was late to the party. Drones had such hype around them from relatively early on, and I desperately wanted to dive in, but I knew I couldn’t justify the expense. I would watch reviews and behind-the-scenes footage of content creators and photographers creating great imagery with them and wonder, but I couldn’t quite sign off.

Then, a little over a year ago, I had a realization: I like photographing things I can’t see with my eyes. I enjoy capturing macro images of the tiniest creatures, stars, and celestial bodies with astrophotography, and even long exposures of movement. I doubt it’s a quirk exclusive to me, but seeing things in ways my eyes cannot motivates me to capture more. In that regard, a drone made perfect sense. But, what would I do with a drone? I live in a bland and uninspiring landscape, COVID has got in the way of most travel plans, I don’t create video content. What images would I create?

I concluded that however desirable and interesting, there wouldn’t be enough work where my drone would be useful to justify the purchase, and that was the end of it. I am a business, and I must treat my purchases accordingly.

Then, I bought one anyway.

Not GAS, But Not Sensible

It has been a long while since I’ve suffered from Gear Acquisition Syndrome. That isn’t to say I don’t long for cameras and lenses; I’d bite a hand off for a Hasselblad 907x 50C with an XCD 80mm f/1.9 on the front. Honestly, I’m not above biting you for one. However, I’ve developed restraint over the years, and though I do make purchases that aren’t necessary in the strictest sense, I do ensure they have utility to my business and will earn their keep.

So, what happened with the drone purchase and am I recommending others do the same? Well, I’m not entirely sure the answer to the first half of the question. Perhaps it was the creeping malaise that engulfed me over the months of lockdown and a yearning for the great outdoors, but I started dreaming about flight and how I could incorporate it into my work. Before I knew it, I had a DJI Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo en route and a large, black cloud of buyer’s remorse above my desk.

The buzz of excitement I felt when it arrived was heavily offset by guilt. In many ways, it ruined the experience, as I was constantly debating whether I was …….

Source: https://fstoppers.com/drone/why-drone-my-favorite-purchase-i-did-not-need-587951