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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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23 Mar

All the Things: Tips & Tricks for Drone Photography

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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16 Feb

A Complete How To Guide For Filming with Drones

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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18 Jul

The Photographer’s Guide to Braving Yellowstone

When I moved to San Francisco, I drove across the United States from D.C. and saw everything I could. One of my favorite stops was Yellowstone. Yellowstone is an expansive, awe-inspiring, uncompromising and dramatic national park filled to the brim with iconic locations, subjects and wildlife. Venturing to Yellowstone, you'll need a strong sense of adventure and sturdy walking shoes, for sure, but you'll also need the right gear. Yellowstone is unforgiving and won't make getting your shots easy, but armed with these tips below, you'll be able to capture its majestic beauty. Prep for Time Lapses Yellowstone is alive. The ground is moving beneath your feet, and an impressive selection of geysers are there to remind you of it. You'd be...
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28 Jun

Shooting The Perfect Video Interview

Shooting a video interview is one of the very first skills every budding videographer should learn. Video interviews are a great way to get started with videography and they're a staple in most video pieces. Plus they’re easy to practice - all you need is some basic equipment and a willing interviewee. The Setup The first thing to think about when shooting a video interview is how to set up the shot, which requires some basic equipment most photographers already have - a DSLR camera, a tripod, a mic, two chairs and a light source. You’ll want to place the person you’re interviewing on a chair, where they can sit comfortably for the duration of the interview - there’s nothing worse than...
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1 Feb

How to Create Stunning Time-Lapse Photos

Creating hypnotizing time-lapse photos has never been easier thanks to advancements in camera technology. More memory, stronger battery and built-in intervalometers allow virtually anyone with patience to participate in the “set and snap” approach to shooting. Read on to find out how to take advantage of this camera setting and deliver time-lapse clips that will win over your audience and followers on social media. Time-Lapse Gear 101 In order to capture stable, fluid shots, you need the right gear. In addition to a camera with a built-in intervalometer, you’ll need a tripod. Even if you have steady hands, it’s still better to rely on a stand for consistency. A large memory card is also required because you’ll be taking a lot of...
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