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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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20 Jul

How to Set Up a Drone Shot

You want to wow your audience with sunsets, skylines, and possibly selfies.You've practiced enough to have a good grip on control and maneuverability, but the next step you want to take is how to set up the perfect shot. Here is a step by step list to get you started on creating that perfect shot! 1. Scope Out the Scene The first part of creating an awesome shot is to scope out the scene where you are shooting. Look out for obstructions like, tall trees, buildings, and power lines. These will be the biggest hindrances to your flight path if you don't check out the area beforehand. Also, be sure to observe how populated or condensed the area is. If it is...
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6 Jul

Storytelling with Drones

Producing cinematographic shots like the action-packed ones that you see full of strong angles and death-defying stunts are expensive and risky at the same time. But, the emergence of drones has solved the issue of aerial cost per shot while still providing the public with beautiful and breathtaking imagery. Visual storytelling through the use of drones has almost become required for all filmmakers across the board. Here are 5 reasons why drones are here to stay in the film industry and certain ways to maximize their potential! 1. Versatility When people associate drones with movies, they automatically think of aerial coverage of vast cities and miles and miles of luscious forestry. In todays day of age, drones are used for far more...
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3 Jul

3 Questions Every Photographer Should Ask Themselves Before Accepting a Shoot

For photographers who love their craft, it can be hard to turn down clients or shoots, but sometimes saying no is necessary. Whether a shoot doesn't fit your brand or a client doesn't want to pay what you charge or you're simply burnt out and need a break, saying no to a potential job is occasionally the best option. But it's not always easy, especially if you tend to be a "yes man" or a people pleaser. The next time you have a potential client or gig, ask yourself these questions: 1. Does the shoot match your brand? There are a few key things to consider when deciding whether or not to take on a new shoot or client. The first, and possibly most important, is...
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29 Jun

Slow and Steady Is Your Mantra For Drone Shots

Becoming an expert drone flyer takes practice. The best operators can navigate through trees, buildings and even people. But, drone flight isn't about how fast you can fly, but rather how steady and slow you can fly to produce silky smooth shots. Take the time to get familiar with the drone and how it operates. Get to know all the fancy buttons and gizmos so that when you are ready to film, you can ensure the best shot possible. Furthermore, another reason to practice flying slowly is to ensure your footage is as smooth as possible. Many times, beginners rush into flying, zipping around and making sharp/abrupt turns. In reality, this causes the footage to be shaky and unstable. By getting...
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28 Jun

DJI Spark: The Full Review

The latest and smallest drone has finally hit the market and the technology it packs does not disappoint. The DJI Spark is the most compact and portable drone to hit the shelves. Weighing roughly 0.5 pounds and as tall as your typical smartphone, the Spark is truly the most advanced compact drone. Now, just because it is tiny, it doesn't mean that it lost all of it's awesome technology. Photo via DJI On the contrary, the Spark now boasts Quick Launch with FaceAware technology that automatically detects your face and lifts off from the palm of your hand. By turning on the drone with the camera facing you and clicking the power button twice, the Spark will automatically detect...
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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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