How to Find Compositions in Drone Photography

How to Find Compositions in Drone Photography As a newcomer to drones and drone photography, it can be a little overwhelming in the beginning. Learning all there is to know about maneuvering your new toy through the air is enough to give you a few grey hairs before you even get it off the ground. Once you’re up there, you better believe there’s some extra tension in your muscles the first few times you fly. Once you finally get the hang of this element, it’s about time to start learning how to make great images or videos from this new perspective you’ve gained. That’s a whole new Continue reading "How to Find Compositions in Drone Photography"

This Timelapse Was Made by Flying a Drone in Giant Circles

Need a dose of inspiration for your aerial drone imagery? This 3-minute film of drone footage from Hong Kong-based production company Visual Suspect will provide it. It was shot by fixing the drone’s camera on a landmark while the drone flies around it in giant orbits, and the result is mesmerizing. The film is called Low Earth Orbit, which is also the name for the space up to 2,000km above the Earth’s surface. It’s in the higher areas of this zone that you’re most likely to find satellites orbiting the planet (and the International Space Station). However, these closer-to-Earth
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This Photographer Melted His Drone Shooting Photos of Lava

While shooting for two weeks in Hawaii last month, Israeli photographer Erez Marom‘s drone had an Icarus experience. Marom flew his $1,500 DJI Phantom 4 camera drone too close to lava flows and accidentally melted part of the camera. He was able to capture some gorgeous photos of lava up-close, though. Marom hiked about 5 miles (8km) to reach the lava of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. After reaching the flows, Marom spent about 3 hours through daylight, twilight, and sunset shooting aerial perspectives of the area outside the national park. As he was shooting, Marom noticed
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Six Quick Drone Photography Tips for Beginners

Six Quick Drone Photography Tips for Beginners I'm just starting to look into adding drone photography to my commercial photography services, so I've been trying to learn as much as I can about it when I have the time. Quick videos like this one usually teach me a thing or two, and they don't take long to watch. I'm all about learning something new while eating breakfast, editing photos, or even folding socks. [ Read More ]

You need a drone!

You need a drone…. right? It’s that time of week again! #HybridDaveTuesdays on #TravelTuesday right here on ScottKelby.com – boom! So I caught you with that bait title and now I need to deliver the goods. Let’s do this!  
Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, UK, shot from my Mavic Pro
I’ll start by offering you a view of Old Harry (the little rock at the end closest to the lens) as seen from 69 metres up. It’s a view that would have cost the price of renting a helicopter or airplane, gambling with the risk of weather, and
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This is the Chaos Caused by Flying a Drone Near an Airport

On July 2nd, 2017, Gatwick Airport in the UK was forced to suspend its runways for a total of 14 minutes because a drone was flown in restricted airspace. This 2-minute visualization released by NATS shows the chaos that ensued. An approaching aircraft reported a sighting of a drone in the early evening and air traffic controllers took the decision to suspend the runways while the report was being investigated. The risk of a potentially catastrophic collision is very real. The video tracks the movements of different planes that were trying to land in and pass by Gatwick at the
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Fstoppers Reviews the Very Capable Typhoon H Drone by Yuneec

Fstoppers Reviews the Very Capable Typhoon H Drone by Yuneec Do you own a drone? Have you thought about picking one up this holiday season? I can almost guarantee that you have been looking at something by the world leader in drone manufacturing DJI but what if I said you had options? Yuneec exploded on the scene as a real drone competitor with the debut of the Typhoon H with object avoidance which was a game changer for drones at the time. Today, the most popular drones are within the DJI family but Yuneec continues to innovate and build an incredible product easily rivaling that of the now famous Phantom Continue reading "Fstoppers Reviews the Very Capable Typhoon H Drone by Yuneec"

The U.S. Army Ban on DJI – What Is Really Going On?

The U.S. Army Ban on DJI - What Is Really Going On? According to an internal memo published by sUAS News, the U.S. Army is asking to terminate the use of all DJI products, including cameras and software “due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products.” This unusual request leaves a lot of unanswered questions such as the nature of the threats and the reason behind of this global ban. What is really going on? [ Read More ]

US Army Ends Use of DJI Camera Drones, Cites ‘Cyber Vulnerabilities’

It looks like the US Army is discontinuing the use of all DJI camera drones and products in its activities due to concerns about “cyber vulnerabilities.” That’s according to a memo obtained by sUAS News. “Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the US Army halt use of all DJI products,” the memo by Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson says. It’s not just camera drones that have been killed off, but any device with DJI software installed on it. That includes GPS units, speed controllers, radios, flight computers, and more. Part of
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US Army Ends Use of DJI Camera Drones, Cites ‘Cyber Vulnerabilities’

It looks like the US Army is discontinuing the use of all DJI camera drones and products in its activities due to concerns about “cyber vulnerabilities.” That’s according to a memo obtained by sUAS News. “Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the US Army halt use of all DJI products,” the memo by Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson says. It’s not just camera drones that have been killed off, but any device with DJI software installed on it. That includes GPS units, speed controllers, radios, flight computers, and more. Part of
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Will Temporary Flight Restrictions Ruin Jobs for Drone Operators?

Will Temporary Flight Restrictions Ruin Jobs for Drone Operators? As a U.S. citizen, I have to abide by the laws of my country; As a drone operator, I have to abide by the rules of the FAA, just like anybody else. Yesterday I was at a wedding in New York when I found out President Trump was venturing to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey for a 17 day vacation. Along the way, he brought an amazing Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) that is stopping me and many other people from flying with in a 30 NM radius of his location. [ Read More ]

DJI Spark: The Best Beginner Drone?

DJI Spark: The Best Beginner Drone? I've had the chance to try out the fairly new DJI Spark and have to say it is a great drone for what it is. This drone was designed specifically for portability and consumer use as opposed to heavy commercial use. At this price point, it is everything a consumer needs in a drone and would possibly be the best one to buy if you are looking to learn how to fly. [ Read More ]

Storm-Proofed Bags With Innovative Design Announced by Miggo

Storm-Proofed Bags With Innovative Design Announced by Miggo Last year Miggo launched Pictar, a revolutionary iPhone camera grip, but they haven’t stopped working on innovative designs since then. They return to Indiegogo with a brand new line of storm-proof camera and drone bags called Agua. Every single product of this upcoming collection is IPX3 standard storm-proof while retaining quick-draw ability. [ Read More ]

Must-Have Accessories and Apps for Your DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter

Must-Have Accessories and Apps for Your DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter When buying a quadcopter, it’s hard to know where to draw the line on what accessories you should be buying with it. It’s already an expensive investment independent of all of the extras you’ll practically need. It’s even more painful to consider how a simple, inexpensive component can keep you from flying successfully. After adding a DJI Phantom 4 Pro + to my lineup, I complied a list of all of the hardware I found most valuable to help you get the greatest return on your investment. [ Read More ]

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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