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13 Apr

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Video Review

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If you were unsure of upgrading to the Phantom 4 Pro, look no further inspiration! The Phantom 4 Pro with its upgraded 1 inch sensor and 20MP camera produce stunning images across the board. With 5 direction of obstacle sensing, you can guarantee to fly safe up in the skies. Check out Lumoid to get your hands on the Phantom 4 Pro or even Mavic Pro today. We make it easy to capture breath taking aerial imagery!...
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6 Apr

Drone Photography Post-Production Basics

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Turn your drone shots into stunning professional landscape photos. Highlights, saturation, and exposure all play a major role in transforming a standard photo into an photo with a wow-factor. Here's how to do it in Adobe Lightroom. We take a very standard aerial image of the cityscape of San Francisco. The first aspect of the photo that we want to immediately address is the crooked horizon line. We use the Crop Overlay tool to bring up the gridlines and straighten the horizon line. Now we can shift our focus to color correction. We ideally want to increase the Temperature of the photo since we are shooting for a summertime feel. We then increase the Exposure to bring out the natural colors and lighten the overall image for...
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30 Mar

2D Iconic Video Game Footage With a Drone

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When we think back to the emergence of iconic 2D video games like SimCity, Pokemon and Grand Theft Auto, the top down perspective, or birds eye view, radically changed gaming. Running through the virtual city streets and creating towering skyscrapers, the late 1900s and early 2000s was a typical millennials Saturday morning. Fast forward to now and we are using drones to recreate the same video games we played...
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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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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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