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21 Sep

Drone Tips From The Pros

Drone photography is a rapidly growing industry, with many professionals starting to emerge from the large pool of amateurs. Below are some inspirational tips from some of the most accomplished and highly skilled drone and aerial photographers on what it takes to take great aerial shots. Eric Cheng  “Of course, the goal is to make the tech invisible, to show the audience viewpoints and perspectives that enhance the story and draw viewers in, not remind them that they can buy a flying camera at Target next weekend.”  The Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI, Eric Cheng is renowned aerial and underwater photographer. He basically says here that you want to make sure people viewing your photography are unaware that a drone was used...
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7 Sep

How To Create a Drone Shot List

There’s a lot more to filming great footage with your drone than just your operating and photography skills. Capturing the perfect shot requires quite a bit of back work from finding a beautiful destination to understanding the region from fluctuations in the weather to crowds and accessible places to get the best view. Here is a to-do list before before heading out to shoot with your drone. Scope Out the Area  The first thing you need to do is to plan out the area you’ll be filming in and get familiar with it. First, check on AirMap to make sure that the airspace you want to fly in is legal. Once you have confirmed that, you’ll want to locate a safe spot that...
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24 Aug

Let’s Talk Frames Per Second For Drone Filming

Frames per second (fps), also referred to as frame rate, is the rate at which images are displayed in a video. It’s important you understand this concept as a videographer, so here’s some info on it and how it pertains to filming with your drone. Understanding Frame Rate As we briefly mentioned, the frame rate is the frequency that consecutive images are displayed in a video. A video is just many still images moving rapidly, which tricks our brain into thinking they are moving. The frame rate is described by frames per second (fps). For example, 30 fps means that there are 30 still images being displayed every second in the video. There are several different frame rates, all with their own pros...
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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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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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