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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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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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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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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

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

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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11 May

How to Conserve Drone Battery Life

Trying to figure out how to conserve your drone battery life to maximize the amount of flight time? Welcome to the club! Drone batteries run anywhere from 20-30 minutes, depending on weather conditions and how aggressive the operator flies. In high winds, expect a decrease in battery life, whereas gentle and smooth flying will give you longevity. Here are a few tips to maximize your drone battery life. Fly Gently and Smooth To really maximize the most amount of time with your battery, you are going to want to fly very smooth and gently. Zipping through the skies and making sharp turns will drastically decrease your battery life due to harsh accelerations and stops. By blissfully gliding through the air, you not only conserve...
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4 May

Drones vs. DSLR Photography

It's a no brainer that DSLR photography still trumps drone camera capabilities, but before we deem DSLR reigning king, let's take a look at some categories where we can closely compare the two. Image Quality Now many of us think that DSLRs blow drones out of the water when it comes to image quality, but it has become apparent that drones are becoming very capable of producing very high level shots. Drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 boast the best cameras on the market today attached to drones with technical specs including 1-inch sensors and 5.2K video resolution. Don't get me wrong, capable high resolution camera bodies like the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Nikon D4S take breath...
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