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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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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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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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