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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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15 Feb

Heavyweight Battle of the Drones: Phantom 4 vs. Mavic Pro

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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19 Jan

Top 4 Anticipated Drones of 2017

It’s 2017 and drones are here to stay, whether they are soaring in the skies capturing majestic aerial shots or crashing oh so elegantly into skyscrapers. The public opinion that drones are used primarily for military deployment are slowly dwindling as the idea of using drones for photography, surveying, and agriculture are becoming vastly popular. Commercial market leaders such as DJI, Parrot, and Yuneec are all developing the latest technology to make drone flight more reliable, safe, and thoughtless for the everyday user. That being said, 2017 is a novel year for these companies to come out with revolutionary technology to take aerial photography to the next level. Here are the top four drones we are anticipating to make a huge...
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21 Apr

DJI Phantom 4 Review

With aerial photography on the rise, companies like DJI, 3DR, and Parrot have been scrambling to create the one drone that will outperform its competitors. It must be sleek, it must be sophisticated, and most importantly, it must be easy to fly! There have been countless times where a news headline would read, “Drone Crashes Into Plane” or even, “Drone Flies Over Restricted Airspace.” We are now in a time where autonomy can be great for a diversifying industry, but also futile if in the wrong hands. This is where DJI has promised a drone to make autonomy and controlled flight a walk in the park by introducing the Phantom 4. With added features like visual tracking, sport mode, and...
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12 Feb

So You Wanna Be a Drone Accessories Designer?

Have you ever looked at a drone and thought it could use a serious aesthetic upgrade? Well, drone-maker Parrot wants everyday Joes like you to submit designs for drone accessories, because nothing can make a dull look pop like a statement accessory. That’s right, if Parrot fancies your designs enough, they’ll pay to have them 3D-printed and available on the market, and pay the lucky designer in, what else, drones. The company is crowdsourcing for some seriously innovative designers to add a touch of flair or functionality to their latest quadcopters: the Bebop and Minidrone. Don’t worry though, Parrot isn’t going to be stealing your intellectual property. If your accessory designs are lucky enough to be chosen by the drone maker,...
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13 Jan

Consumer Imaging Tech Makes Its Play at 2016 CES

CES 2016
With the annual Photo Marketing Association show now all but a memory, CES is typically the first look we get at all the new imaging-related gadgets announced at the dawn of each new year. While the photography announcements are typically dwarfed by the Internet of Things, the stunning progress in VR, the fast approaching reality of driverless cars and the fact robots are soon going to take over the Earth, if you looked hard enough, the photo world was well represented at this year's CES. The show's numbers are always fun to recount. This year, there were reportedly more than 3,600 exhibitors spread across 2.47 million-square-feet, and more than 170,000 people from some 140 countries scurrying around Las Vegas for this...
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7 Jan

Drones Will Look Like Planes in 2016

Today's drones have a distinct look: four helicopter-like blades on each corner, lovingly named the quadcopter. Looking at any of 2015's most popular drones, this quadcopter design has created popular flying cameras that are stable, can take off and land vertically and hover in midair. But the Disco drone built by Parrot, that was recently announced at CES, has a decidedly more "Wright Brothers" approach. Foregoing the quadcopter design, the Parrot Disco is a fixed wing drone capable of speeding through the sky, and it looks perfect for long, sweeping, exciting shots - even if it can't hover. The biggest question to ask is, "What makes a fixed wing drone that can't hover better than the consumer-friendly quadcopter design?" The answer...
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8 Oct

Why Take Selfies When You Can Take Dronies?

Selfies - everybody’s taking them, even your grandma and that weird dog down the street (yes, animals are doing it too). The problem is they’re way too easy to take. If you want to up the stakes a little, try taking a dronie instead. “It turned out that in reality people bought the drones because of narcissism. People want to put pictures on YouTube of them looking strong and talented, and that is why people want the cameras,” explained Henri Seydoux, chief executive of Parrot. Never heard of a dronie? It’s basically a selfie taken with a drone camera. Not everyone has access to a UAV or knows how to fly one, which makes such shots incredibly special. With some patience and...
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17 Jun

For the Techie Dad

My Dad is decidedly not a techie, so much so that for this coming Father’s Day, I bought him all the seasons of “House of Cards” on DVD because he neither has a Netflix account nor chooses to use mine, which I so generously offered up, to stream it from a computer to his TV. Since my Dad is covered, this Father’s Day gift guide is for the more technologically inclined fathers out there. Happy shopping! ShaveTech   It’s important to keep that scruff in tip-top shape, even if Dad’s a hustler on the go. Hook him up with ShaveTech, a sleek, portable electric razor the size of a smartphone that contains a USB port so he can carry it around in his...
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