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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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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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27 Apr

Cool Tech You Didn’t Know Your Drone Has

Drones are ideal for photographers and videographers looking to capture stunning aerial shots like landscapes, time lapses, action shots and more. The key draw in using a drone is the accessibility. You're able to get footage that you wouldn't be able to, even with a helicopter. What many do not know is that beyond the obvious benefits, drones come equipped with a myriad of options and customizable buttons. Here are all the cool things drones can do: Autonomous Flight Modes What autonomous flight modes means is that the drone is capable of being "programmed" to take certain shots with you barely having to do any work. Certain modes on the DJI Phantom 4 Pro include ActiveTrack which follows a certain subject around and Gesture Mode...
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18 Apr

Perfect Drone Images with Lightroom’s Histogram Tool

In this tutorial, we will show you how to maximize the Histogram tool located on the top right of your Lightroom screen to fully encapsulate your image's true potential. The histogram in essence tells you where your edits should be made when it comes to exposure, contrast, etc. It will outline where certain details are lost and how to recover them. We'll break down the tutorial into five categories: Clipping/Shadows Exposure Contrast Tones Luminance/Saturation Clipping/Shadows To check for clipping, we click the Show Shadow Clipping and Show Highlight Clipping triangular icons on the top left and right. In the photo below, we see a very small portion of red showing that there is no shadow clipping, but a little highlight clipping. Since it...
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