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15 Jun

A Breakdown of Drone Cinematography Techniques

To make amazing video reels and awe inspiring cinematography, a videographer must possess a vast array of skill sets to bring his or her picture to life. They must have an unique eye to envision the shot, an uncanny ability to transform the norm into something extravagant, and a variety of different shots to amaze the audience. One way to amaze the audience is by using drones to provide aerial imagery. We will outline some basic shot techniques used by renowned operators to achieve cinematic aerial shots! 1. Slow and Steady The number one rule when using drones for film is to fly slow. Going slower is usually more cinematic and gives the viewer the idea that you are shooting from a...
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15 Jun

How to Properly Install Drone Propellers

It may seem like a relatively easy task, but attaching propellers to drones is not the most intuitive. With different locking mechanisms and various types of propeller locks, attaching a propeller can be more confusing than you'd think. Also, by not attaching a propeller correctly, you are in danger of severely damaging your drone whether it be during take off or even in mid flight. We here at Lumoid have created a cheat sheet to show you how to install the propellers for various drones below! DJI Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro   The Phantom series comes with quick release propellers. The key is to identify the propellers with the black and grey rings and attach the black ring propellers to the black...
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8 Jun

5 Flying Tips From the Drone Experts

Flying a drone for photography, surveying, or even recreation can be challenging at times. It takes an operator months or even years of experience to handle all the little nuances that come with flying a drone. With constant updates in rules/regulations, the operator must be informed and self aware of his or her surroundings at all times. We've gathered some valuable insight from the drone experts themselves to get some tips on drone flight. Check them out below! 1. Get Familiar With UAV Rules/Regulations There is no excuse for not knowing your local and federal rules for flying a UAV. By being a safe and educated operator, you not only abide by the rules, but also keep yourself from flying into dangerous situations....
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1 Jun

What To Do If You Lose Drone Connectivity

One of the worst feelings when flying a drone is the dreaded "Lost Connection" status on the remote controller. It creates a state of panic, worry, and doom. A majority of the time the drone will regain connection within a few seconds, but there lay the few instances where it takes longer. Sometimes there is signal interference, buildings obstructing the connectivity, or maybe a combination of the two. We have created a step by step guide to help you through the troubled times of bad connectivity. Step 1: Log Your GPS Location Before taking off and flying, make sure you log your GPS location on your drone. A lot of the times, this is done automatically by the drone when it is...
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25 May

3 Incredible Drone Shots & How To Replicate Them

Shooting eye catching videos from high end cameras and fancy videocameras has become rather mundane in todays generation. People across the world are starting to adapt different methodologies on how to capture the most riveting video reel whether that be via action cams, 360° cameras, or even drones. There lay only one method to capture that awesome aerial footage and that is with drones. Check out our 3 tips to create stunning drone footage. 1. The Chase Gear Used: DJI Inspire 1 with Zenmuse X3 Gimbal Look at the precision and accuracy the operator maintains from 1:09 to 1:17. By keeping the subject (mountain biker) in the shot at all times while simultaneously flying towards the edge of the cliff, the scene builds excitement...
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24 May

Introducing: DJI Spark

DJI has announced its newest drone to the market - DJI Spark. The Spark is a mini drone that includes all the typical DJI technology, allowing you to capture any moment at any time! Smaller than its older brother the Mavic Pro, the Spark can fit in the palm of your hand, but don't be fooled, it still features cutting edge drone technology. Check out the new features below: Photo via DJI Flight Time - 16 minutes Max Speed - 31 mph Gimbal - 2-Axis Stabilized Max Transmission Distance - 1.2 miles Effective Pixels - 12MP Photo via DJI DJI has made going hands-free a priority. With FaceAware technology integrated with Quick Launch, the Spark can take off from your...
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24 May

The Real DJI Pro: Phantom 4 Pro or Mavic Pro

Recently, DJI released two new awesome drones that command the sky, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and the Mavic Pro. Both drones have exceptional features and excel in different aspects of performance and flight. By choosing either drone, you will not be at fault as they are both masters of the sky. Lets take a look at both drones and compare the two. DJI Phantom 4 Pro The Phantom 4 Pro boasts some awesome new hardware and software that make it the best ready to fly drone on the market today. The new and improved 1-inch image sensor is capable of 20MP stills, utilizing a mechanical shutter to eliminate roller shutter distortion. Moreover, the Phantom 4 Pro's new 5-direction obstacle sensing makes sense and...
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18 May

Lumoid Community Shares Favorite Tips & Tricks For Wedding Photography

As a community of photographers here at Lumoid, we’re constantly learning from one another. We want to inspire each other to create and explore and grow, so we reached out to the Lumoid community to gather everyone’s tips and tricks for shooting a wedding. The more than 30 comments we received on Facebook include valuable advice that can only be learned from experience. We’ve compiled some of our favorite feedback here. Get everything in writing. We know it’s tedious, but your contract should be as detailed as possible. It’s best if you can sit down with the bride and groom long before the wedding to talk over specific ideas and expectations. Go over the specific hours you’ll be expected to...
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18 May

Top 10 US Destinations For Drone Photography

Aerial photography has always maintained a sense of majesty - achieving a bird's eye perspective that, no matter how many times you see it, never ceases to amaze. Drone photography has taken off for this reason. Capturing images from the skies is now completely accessible and photographers and videographers are venturing out to to find that one spot that will allow a truly beautiful photograph. We've scouted a few locations across the U.S. that will take your breath away! 10. The Horseshoe of the Colorado River, Arizona A truly eye grabbing location for an aerial image. The water naturally bends around the rock formation allowing an awesome landscape shot! 9. The Maroon Bells, Colorado This is an awesome location to start your drone off low and have...
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16 May

Lumoid Makes Affordability a Priority

Instead of shelling out thousands of dollars for a camera body or lens that you might use a handful of times, try renting instead! Lumoid is leading the charge in providing consumers exceptional affordability when it comes to renting camera bodies, lens, drones, wearables, and audio equipment. With new technology hitting the shelves at dumbfounding rates, it is hard to keep up with the latest gadgets. In addition, with added features and new bells/whistles, a camera or lens you bought 6 months ago essentially becomes obsolete. Lumoid understands this issue and has presented a "try-before-you-buy" philosophy where 20% of your rental cost goes towards credits which you can use for purchasing photo gear. By renting, you are investing in yourself. Revolutionary! Unbeatable...
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