Five Simple But Effective Drone Video Techniques

Five Simple But Effective Drone Video Techniques Flying a drone often enables the possibility of getting some really unique and arresting shots, but it also takes a fair amount of skill or even a second operator on a dedicated camera controller to pull them off. These five simple shots will give you similarly excellent results with minimal effort. [ Read More ]

Canada Wants Stricter Drone Laws and Mandatory $100K Insurance

The world is closing in on lawless drone operation, with Canada now following on from last week’s proposals by the UK. Transport Canada has proposed a draft of strict drone regulations — laws that drone company DJI isn’t happy about. DJI was welcoming of the regulations proposed by the UK, showing that it is all for tighter controls and responsible drone operation. After all, DJI drone firmware has been updated to include no-fly zones and other safety measures. But Canada’s drafted proposal goes too far according to DJI’s Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs. “We are disappointed that Transport Canada has
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UK to Require Drone Registration and Safety Tests

UK drone pilots have enjoyed some of the most relaxed regulations around the popular pastime, but now the government has proposed new regulations that will require all owners of drones over 250 grams (~8.8oz) to register their quadcopters, attend safety courses, and pass a safety test. According to the BBC, the Department of Transport has admitted that a timeline for the regulations coming into action is undetermined, as “the nuts and bolts still have to be ironed out”. The courses will mean that pilots have to “prove that they understand UK safety, security and privacy regulations”. While the move may be
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Camera Drones Sound More Annoying Than Any Vehicle, NASA Finds

Hate the high-pitched buzzing of camera drones? You’re not alone. A new study published by NASA has found that people find drone founds more annoying than any ground vehicle, even when the sounds are heard at the same volume. NASA found 38 subjects and ask them to listen to sounds related to “the future of transportation.” Some of the sounds were recordings of drones (including the DJI Phantom 2) and others were the sounds of ground vehicles ranging from the consumer Subaru Impreza Sport hatchback to diesel truck. What the scientists found was that the extra annoyance levels of
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How to Fake a Drone Shot with a Phone and a Really, Really Long Selfie Stick

No-fly zones are increasing, regulations are tightening, and the situations where you can actually fly a drone in public spaces are dwindling. No bother — just use your smartphone and a really, really long selfie stick instead. In this 2-minute video from Chung Dha, he runs through his setup for taking “aerial” shots from a drone’s perspective… without a drone.
By using a 5-meter-long (~16.4ft) boom pole, coupled with a stabilizing gimbal, his shots really do look like the real thing. Combine the pole with moving yourself forward, as well as tilting the pole between different angles, and
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Beware: Camera Drones Are Weak Against Confetti and Toilet Paper

If you ever need to fly a camera drone around at events, here’s something you should know: your drone can easily be brought down by confetti, toilet paper, and anything that can get tangled around the propellers. First off, if there are any confetti cannons at the event, you should keep your drone far, far away from them. Here’s what happened to one extremely pricey DJI Inspire drone getting caught up in confetti at a music festival in Alberta, Canada:

Drone Down!!

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And if you’re ever
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This Cute Camera Drone Now Lives on the International Space Station

There’s a new camera drone floating around on the International Space Station, and it’s adorable. Called the Int-Ball, the drone shoots photos of the crew and their activities, freeing up the astronauts to do other work. Int-Ball was delivered to the ISS by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and a reusable Dragon cargo capsule back on June 4th, 2017, and Int-Ball currently spends its time inside the Japanese “Kibo” science experiment module. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) writes that Int-Ball can move around and shoot both still photos and videos onboard the ISS while being controlled by a remote photographer
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DJI Spark, Mavic, Phantom, or Inspire – Which Drone Should You Buy?

DJI Spark, Mavic, Phantom, or Inspire - Which Drone Should You Buy? DJI has released many drones over the past few years. The different models may seem similar to a newcomer, but each one actually addresses a different need. In the end, it all boils down to size and portability versus image quality and performance. Here we’ll analyze the main differences between the DJI drones to help you determine which one is the right fit for you. [ Read More ]

11 Tips and Tricks for Shooting Drone Photos

Drone photography is all the rage right now. It’s not just for amazing aerial films, but also for great stills from a unique perspective. In this 5-minute film, COOPH gives 11 great tips for improving your drone photos. It’s the simple things, like looking for symmetry in the scene below your camera, that make for effective photos. The top-down perspective is one we’re not as used to seeing as photographers, until recent years, and it’s not until you’re up in the air that you’ll see such symmetry. Similarly, repeating shapes are effective too. It’s this kind of abstract style that
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Consistency in a Photo Series: Why It’s Important

Consistency in a Photo Series: Why It's Important Just recently after moving back home for the summer, I decided to begin a new aerial series. Up here in Bergen County, New Jersey, there is not much to shoot, or at least that is something I tell myself. One day after skimming Google Maps for spots to fly, I came upon a few islands on a lake, each with their own individual house. Intrigued by what I saw, I knew that I had to find a way to capture these homes in a way that makes them more interesting to me. So right here, my series began and I Continue reading "Consistency in a Photo Series: Why It’s Important"

11 Tips to Help You Take Better Drone Photos

11 Tips to Help You Take Better Drone Photos Just when I was beginning to think I was the only person out there who owns a drone primarily for still shots instead of video work, this helpful video came along to show 11 ways to take better drone photos. If you just bought your first drone or are simply looking to improve, I recommend giving it a quick watch! [ Read More ]

What Does it Take to Crash The DJI Spark?

What Does it Take to Crash The DJI Spark? While shopping the market for a drone, there are many things to consider. Is durability one of them? Well, it should be, but it's not usually taken into account while shopping. Depending on your reasoning for adding a drone to your inventory of gear, you probably are focused on image and video quality combined with flight time. [ Read More ]

How to Drone Your Baby

How to Drone Your Baby Back in July of 2016 when my daughter was a mere glimmer in my eye, I read Alex Cooke’s excellent article on shooting drone portraits. I was immediately transfixed by this new (new to me, anyway) concept. Some 12 months after first stumbling upon Alex’s article, I have a seven-week-old at home, and my travel photography has come to a halt (at least for a while). But I can always drone the baby! Here are some tips for getting the most out of your newborn drone portrait session. [ Read More ]

You Can Now Get a Drone Registration Refund and Deletion from the FAA

In late 2015, the FAA began demanding mandatory registration of most drones, including most consumer camera drones that were exploding in popularity. Earlier in 2017, however, a federal court ruled that casual drone owners do not need to register. Now the FAA is offering registration deletions and refunds. If you were an obedient citizen who followed instructions and paid $5 to register your camera drone, the FAA has now published a new “registration deletion and self-certification form.”
By filling out the form, you’re stating that you’re a non-commercial drone operator who flies lawfully and owns a drone that
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You Can Now Get a Drone Registration Refund and Deletion from the FAA

In late 2015, the FAA began demanding mandatory registration of most drones, including most consumer camera drones that were exploding in popularity. Earlier in 2017, however, a federal court ruled that casual drone owners do not need to register. Now the FAA is offering registration deletions and refunds. If you were an obedient citizen who followed instructions and paid $5 to register your camera drone, the FAA has now published a new “registration deletion and self-certification form.”
By filling out the form, you’re stating that you’re a non-commercial drone operator who flies lawfully and owns a drone that
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You Can Now Get a Drone Registration Refund and Deletion from the FAA

In late 2015, the FAA began demanding mandatory registration of most drones, including most consumer camera drones that were exploding in popularity. Earlier in 2017, however, a federal court ruled that casual drone owners do not need to register. Now the FAA is offering registration deletions and refunds. If you were an obedient citizen who followed instructions and paid $5 to register your camera drone, the FAA has now published a new “registration deletion and self-certification form.”
By filling out the form, you’re stating that you’re a non-commercial drone operator who flies lawfully and owns a drone that
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A Beginner’s Guide to Flying a Drone

A Beginner's Guide to Flying a Drone The first time I wanted to fly a drone, my friend suggested I buy a $20 version on Amazon to practice with, because they tend to be much harder to fly without all the advanced navigation and stabilizing features of more expensive models and teach you good skills. My first flight lasted four seconds and ended with a bent prop and me prying the drone out from the slats of a park bench. I did get really good at flying it eventually. Having a beginner's guide would have been a bit more helpful, though. Luckily, you have this! [ Read Continue reading "A Beginner’s Guide to Flying a Drone"

A Beginner’s Guide to Flying a Drone

A Beginner's Guide to Flying a Drone The first time I wanted to fly a drone, my friend suggested I buy a $20 version on Amazon to practice with, because they tend to be much harder to fly without all the advanced navigation and stabilizing features of more expensive models and teach you good skills. My first flight lasted four seconds and ended with a bent prop and me prying the drone out from the slats of a park bench. I did get really good at flying it eventually. Having a beginner's guide would have been a bit more helpful, though. Luckily, you have this! [ Read Continue reading "A Beginner’s Guide to Flying a Drone"

How to Deal with People Asking Questions While You Fly Your Drone

How to Deal with People Asking Questions While You Fly Your Drone I'm sure a lot of us drone people have been here before, where in the middle of a flight when we are deep in focus or trying to pay attention to our drones as they hover in the sky, someone walks up to you and begins playing 20 questions. I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me, but I can say that it has been one of the most distracting things when I'm flying. I am working on the best way to avoid this sort of problem and would love to share a few quick tips Continue reading "How to Deal with People Asking Questions While You Fly Your Drone"

The Best Drone Photos of 2017

Dronestagram is the first social network dedicated to aerial photography, and it has just announced the winners of its 4th annual drone photography competition, the International Drone Photography Contest. The competition is organised in partnership with National Geographic, and this year saw around 8,000 photos submitted from around the world. Both amateur and professional photographers were invited to compete over 3 categories: Nature, Urban, and People. “I was blown away by the creativity of the photos,” says Jeff Heimsath, photo editor at National Geographic Traveler and one of the contest’s judges. “The contest has certainly surfaced the best drone
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