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23 Mar

All the Things: Tips & Tricks for Drone Photography

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With the vast array of accessories and unknown technology in the palm of your hand, setting up your drone for flight might can be daunting at first. On top of that, if you want to use your drone for photography purposes, the task of flying your drone and capturing an amazing shot isn't always as easy as it looks. But have no fear! Our experts here at Lumoid have outlined a few tips and tricks to take your drone flight and photography to all new heights! Take a Deep Breath and Get Comfortable Speaking from experience, the first time flying a drone can be very nerve-racking. You're constantly reminding yourself, "Whatever you do, do not crash!" As drone safety is also a...
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21 Mar

What You Need To Know Before Renting a Drone

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Whether you're interested in renting a drone for a specific shoot, expanding your photo portfolio to include aerial shots, or just want something to take with you on your travels, your friends here at Lumoid have you covered. Renting a drone has never been easier and is a great option if you're not sure which one you want, if you need it for a shoot or vacation, or don't have the funds to splurge on buying one just yet. Before you start flying though, we've outlined a few things to consider before renting. Know the Rules and Regulations As excited as you are to rent a drone and get started flying, make sure you know all the rules and regulations that go into...
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14 Mar

Amazon’s Delivery Drones Spotted at SXSW

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The annual conference and festival South by Southwest (SXSW) celebrated the convergence of the film and music last week. With interviews ranging from Buzz Aldrin to established singer T.I., it was an eventful week filled with great people and great food! One of the biggest attractions was the sighting of Amazon's  long awaited delivery drones. The e-commerce giant unveiled two of its Prime Air drones in Austin, Texas this past week. Being the first time ever displayed to the general public, crowds gathered to feast their eyes on the delivery of household items, goods, and basic necessities. Unfortunately, attendees stood disappointed as Amazon did not perform any test deliveries nor even a single flight at the festival. Photo via NBCNews Protection...
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9 Mar

Lumoid Gear Feature: Yuneec Breeze

DJI, the Chinese drone manufacturing company is reigning king in the UAV market; with close to 50% of drone market share. There are however, less known names that are offering quality drones at a fraction of the price of say a DJI Mavic Pro or Phantom 4 Pro. Meet Yuneec, another Chinese manufacturer that specializes in building advanced technology drones, that are, dare we say, affordable? The Yuneec Breeze is an ultra lightweight and compact drone that makes taking selfies and capturing adventures effortless. Autonomy Made Easy Photo via That Drone Show The Breeze has five built-in autonomous shots to take your aerial imaging to brand new heights. The Selfie and Orbit modes offer the ability to take awesome group photos whereas...
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8 Mar

Understanding the Basics of Drone Rules/Regulations

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You peer out your window with eyes barely open and the sun is just rising. The morning dew is evaporating and take in the comforting scent of bold coffee gently making its way to your room. As you finish your last sip, you grab your ultra portable DJI Mavic Pro that you rented from Lumoid and get ready to step outside to capture the stunning golden hour. As you're about to step out, you realize you aren't familiar with the recent drone rules and regulations. Not to worry, Lumoid has you covered! To start off, if you are using a drone for recreation and not for commercial purposes and it weighs anywhere between 0.55-55 pounds, you must register as a drone...
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6 Mar

Know Your Worth: A Breakdown On How To Price Your Photo Services

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One of the biggest challenges of starting a business is figuring out how to price the goods and services you offer. You don't want to undersell yourself and devalue the market, but overpricing and scaring off potential clients is just as dangerous. Pricing similar to the competition is a good place to start, but since what you're offering is presumably not exactly the same, the prices shouldn't be either. That's why we've compiled this guide that will break down everything you need to know about pricing. The first thing to remember is that your pricing shouldn't be exactly the same as the competition's, just as your services aren't exactly the same. While it's good to compare pricing, it's also important to have a strong...
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27 Feb

Time-Lapse Photography…But With a Drone

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As we advance through photography techniques like tilt-shift and motion blur, new and novel techniques have been developed. Now there is the option to capture time lapses, but with a drone! Time lapse is a photo technique where the frames are captured are much lower than that used to view the sequence. For instance, when the film roll is played at normal speed, time is appeared to be moving faster and therefore, time lapsing. Check out this dreamy time lapse captured with a DJI Phantom 4 and a DJI Phantom 4 Pro+. The bulk of time lapse photography is captured via cameras mounted on tripods to ensure stable images. So, the next logical question is, how can we capture time lapse videos...
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23 Feb

The Ins and Outs of Drone Real Estate Photography

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As we witness multiple industries benefit from the application of drones, one vertical that has really boomed is real estate photography. With realtors looking for various ways to capture acres of land, drones took the forefront in providing ease and accessibility, and various uses including: Capturing aerial views of property and land Scoping out neighborhood and surrounding area for amenities Property maps and surveys Outer terrain and geographic developments This complete guide will outline the necessities and overall how-to's to become familiar with aerial real estate photography and uses drones for commercial purposes. Using Drones Makes Aerial Imaging Affordable Prior to drones, aerial photos for real estate was captured using either a plane or helicopter, which would cost thousands of dollars. In addition, time and space...
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16 Feb

A Complete How To Guide For Filming with Drones

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There's nothing quite like aerial shots, especially with drones. The freedom to be able to capture angles from high above, off a cliff, or in the thick of the moment is unquestionably a major draw for filmmakers. As drones become a prominent tool in photography and film, certain techniques are required to capture specific shots. We've put together tips for 5 different kinds of shots including the Fly-by, the Reveal, the Chase, the High-Pan, and the Explorer (roaming shots). The fly-by is a type of shot where the camera flies by or over a scene. In the video below starting at 0:15 seconds, you see the operator set up on top of the shot and fly over the moving subjects. The trick with...
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15 Feb

Heavyweight Battle of the Drones: Phantom 4 vs. Mavic Pro

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As the commercial drone market starts its long awaited boom, there has only been one clear front runner to lead the charge. The French company Parrot has struggled to produce top of the line products and American born GoPro just entered the drone scene with a major setback due to the recall of the Karma drone. That leaves us with two primary players, DJI and 3D Robotics (3DR). With strong initial funding, 3DR seemed to go round for round with DJI, but as time wore on, 3DR shifted its emphasis toward software solutions. Hence, DJI remains the only strong candidate in commercial drone hardware manufacturing. That leaves us to wonder, which of the DJI drones will continue to dominate the commercial...
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