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Author: Dustin Holta

21 Sep

Drone Tips From The Pros

Drone photography is a rapidly growing industry, with many professionals starting to emerge from the large pool of amateurs. Below are some inspirational tips from some of the most accomplished and highly skilled drone and aerial photographers on what it takes to take great aerial shots. Eric Cheng  “Of course, the goal is to make the tech invisible, to show the audience viewpoints and perspectives that enhance the story and draw viewers in, not remind them that they can buy a flying camera at Target next weekend.”  The Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI, Eric Cheng is renowned aerial and underwater photographer. He basically says here that you want to make sure people viewing your photography are unaware that a drone was used...
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7 Sep

How To Create a Drone Shot List

There’s a lot more to filming great footage with your drone than just your operating and photography skills. Capturing the perfect shot requires quite a bit of back work from finding a beautiful destination to understanding the region from fluctuations in the weather to crowds and accessible places to get the best view. Here is a to-do list before before heading out to shoot with your drone. Scope Out the Area  The first thing you need to do is to plan out the area you’ll be filming in and get familiar with it. First, check on AirMap to make sure that the airspace you want to fly in is legal. Once you have confirmed that, you’ll want to locate a safe spot that...
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31 Aug

Drones for Wedding Photography

Weddings are usually the most important and memorable days for the couple getting married. It’s natural that wedding photography is one of the most important components for this special day, as people involved want to have special footage to help capture these cherished moments. Drones are becoming an integral part of wedding photography and the results have been great. Let’s dig deeper. Benefits Drones are now providing weddings with shots that once were harder to get or impossible. Before drones, the highest aerial shot you could get would be dependent on however brave your photographer would be in climbing up a ladder or whatever else was around. Say good bye to those days, because drones now allow you to capture amazing 360 shots from...
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24 Aug

Let’s Talk Frames Per Second For Drone Filming

Frames per second (fps), also referred to as frame rate, is the rate at which images are displayed in a video. It’s important you understand this concept as a videographer, so here’s some info on it and how it pertains to filming with your drone. Understanding Frame Rate As we briefly mentioned, the frame rate is the frequency that consecutive images are displayed in a video. A video is just many still images moving rapidly, which tricks our brain into thinking they are moving. The frame rate is described by frames per second (fps). For example, 30 fps means that there are 30 still images being displayed every second in the video. There are several different frame rates, all with their own pros...
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17 Aug

How To Find A Prime Spot to Shoot With Your Drone

To capture that dream shot with your drone, there are numerous of aspects you need to take into consideration. Weather, laws, places to operate from and positioning are all crucial to the quality of your photography. You'll find that by using some common sense and some tools, finding that perfect spot really isn't that hard. Be Familiar With Local Laws The first thing when it comes to finding a good spot to shoot from is to be familiar with the laws in the area you plan to photograph. A good general rule to start out with is that drones will be outlawed in air spaces near airports, military bases, and National Parks. Be conscious of any of those around you. The next big step...
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10 Aug

Top 10 Places in the World To Film With Your Drone

Do you want to travel with your drone and capture some of the best places in the world? If so, this list is a great place to start, as it includes 10 of the best locations, representing four continents. From beaches to city scenes and everything in between, this list has a location perfect for everyone. Legality of Flying Drones Before talking about the places, a quick note on legality. Wherever you are flying, you must make sure that it is legal to do so. In all of the places on this list, drone usage is legal in most parts. However, there are usually some no-fly areas, especially in big cities. A few general rules you should follow are no flying over or...
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3 Aug

How To Start Making Money Off Your Drone Photography

You have experience with taking professional quality photography with drones, but have you ever considered selling your work? Selling your drone footage is a fun and gratifying way to make some money as its something you already love to do. Interested? Here are the steps you’ll need to take to make that dream a reality. Find Your Niche The first thing you’ll need to decide is what you’ll want to take photography of. Popular topics include wildlife, landscape, city shots, sporting events, ocean views, busy streets, and even weddings. Pick whatever you want to photograph and start perfecting your craft. It should be something you be skilled at and enjoy photographing. Required Licensing Since you’ll be profiting from your drone, you’ll need additional licensing. Each...
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