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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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18 Sep

How to Stand out on Social Media

There is an overwhelming amount of artists in the world of social media. It might seem absurd to believe that you have a chance to stand out in such an impossibly large crowd. Yet time and time again, new artists emerge out of the endless online cacophony and stun thousands of people. These individuals use neither magical powers nor inaccessible tricks; many of them simply apply their knowledge of social media to their virtual lives, creating irresistible and successful online worlds. Standing out on social media is a skill anyone can learn. All you need is patience, persistence, and a desire to absorb valuable information. Since most of us want to be heard and understood in a way that will influence...
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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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4 Sep

Nikon D810 vs. Canon 5D Mark IV

Nikon D810 and Canon 5D Mark IV are the same in the sense that they are both high-end DSLR cameras sitting in the semi-pro class. Other than that, there are plenty other similarities, several significant differences and many small ones. D810 has been released in 2014. while the 5D Mark IV has joined the party two years later, in 2016. In this short comparison, we will see where exactly one cameras trumps another, and whether the recently-released 5D Mark IV can justify its steeper price tag against the older, more affordable D810. Body Both the D810 and 5D Mark IV come in highly durable, weather-resistant bodies with comfortable and deep grips. Both come with magnesium-alloy chassis with high quality plastic and rubber finish where...
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28 Aug

How to Fix Underexposed Photos in Photoshop

Photoshop is fantastic at restoring details and fixing mistakes. Even if you end up losing a lot of light during a shoot, you'll still have the chance to take (and edit) incredible photographs. The best way to preserve your image's data is to shoot in RAW; however, if using JPEG is the only option or something you wish to use no matter what, don't worry about this too much. Any kind of photo can be enhanced in one way or another. Though I'll be using an underexposed portrait in this tutorial, the steps could work for any type of image, be it a professional landscape photo or a simple snapshot of your food. As you can see, the...
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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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21 Aug

How to Take Breathtaking Self-Portraits Outdoors

You might be someone who avoids self-portraiture for fear of seeming arrogant, pretentious, or vain. While there are many understandable arguments against it, there are just as many valid reasons that self-portraiture is a cathartic, motivating, and mind-opening genre of photography. Taking photos of yourself is an effective way to organically release emotions, to learn more about yourself as an artist, and to challenge your ability to work independently. In short, it's more than just a photo of the artist behind the camera. Photo by William Randles Many artists, when taking photos of themselves, tend to experiment in the safety of their homes. Indoor shoots are ideal for strengthening your ability to work with minimal resources. If you're...
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14 Aug

A Short Guide On HDR Processing In Photoshop

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Dynamic range is the amount of tones available in image between pure black and pure white colors. Each time we take a photo, we use a certain exposure. Using the metering system, the camera makes sure the desired subject is properly exposed, but this often means other parts of the image are sacrificed. HDR is achieved by merging two or more differently exposed photos into one final photo with a wide dynamic range. It is a popular technique used by photographers for various purposes. The main idea is to produce an image containing more visible tonal information than a normal photo. This is especially useful when shooting scenes which contain very dark shadows and bright...
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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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