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There is a large field of mustard a couple miles from MAKE headquarters, and for a few weeks in spring, all the mustard blooms, and the field turns brilliant yellow. On the way home from work about a month ago, I stopped at the field, with a plan to to take some photos. As I got closer to the ideal photo spot, I came across a gentleman, documentary filmmaker Michael Heumann, flying a quadcopter. We got to chatting, and I ended up snapping some photos. Michael has a DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter with a GoPro camera mounted to it, and he showed me how he had installed some Moongel pads on the top and bottom of the camera, to absorb shock to reduce video shakiness. (Moongel is made for sound dampening in drum kits.)

For GoPro fans, Michael recommended Austin filmmaker Mitch Bergsma’s GoPro Tips series.

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You can see the blue Moongel pad on top of the GoPro camera.

img 0623 Quadcopter Flying Over a Field of Yellow Mustard

Michael calibrating the compass.

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Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.

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