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10 Easy Steps to Better Aerial Photos

10 Easy Steps to Better Aerial Photos

01. HDR merge your AEB shots for more dynamic range If you’ve read my 10 drone photography tips, you already know how to take AEB photos (Automatic Exposure Bracketing). In short this will take 5 photos instead of just one. 2 will be underexposed to include more details in the highlights (the sky for example) and […]
Starting a Drone Service Business – Ten steps to success

Starting a Drone Service Business – Ten steps to success

There are few events in your professional life more rewarding than starting your own business. The ability to take an idea and grow it into a thriving entity is a dream many people share. Unlike some business endeavors that require large amounts of capital or extensive training, drones offer a chance for anyone to become […]

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Flying After Dark

Flying After Dark

As a professional drone pilot, conquering the hours of darkness means acquiring new knowledge, thinking seriously about safety and clearing bureaucratic hurdles—but it opens up a whole new world that only a few have begun to explore. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are 180,000 certified commercial drone operators in the United States, […]
Eyes Over the World: Aerial Photo Secrets from Around the Globe

Eyes Over the World: Aerial Photo Secrets from Around the Globe

Editor’s Note: Getting an aerial perspective on your subject is terrific, but it doesn’t guarantee that the resulting photograph will be interesting or engaging. Drone photographer Dirk Dallas knows what it takes to capture an image that stops viewers in their tracks, and his new coffee-table compilation of drone photos, “Eyes Over the World,” is […]

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5 Cinematic Drone Shots [VIDEO]

5 Cinematic Drone Shots [VIDEO]

Looking to up your aerial videography game? These may be the only five drone shots you’ll ever need! Check out this terrific video from the Drone Film Guide.
Drone Imaging 101

Drone Imaging 101

There’s no doubt about the fact that drones have become increasingly popular. They are more affordable than ever, and more advanced and sophisticated than before. But getting started with drones is not as straightforward as you might think. It involves some studying, knowledge of and complying with the regulations, and (most important) a lot of […]

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Drone Expert Tech: Know Your Limits

Drone Expert Tech: Know Your Limits

Understanding FAA, operational, and personal LIMITS is key to safe flying At 7:20 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2017, a DJI Phantom 4 had a midair collision with a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter flying off the shoreline of Staten Island, New York. The collision damaged a main rotor blade and a window on the upper […]
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My mission here was to capture the beautiful contrasting colors and textures of the lily pads, water, and wharf. Hence, I decided to elevate the drone to about 45 to 60 feet as it allowed me encapsulate every part of the scene I wanted to. It also helped me crop out other potential distractions, such as grassy banks, that could have crept into the scene. Cropping out the grassy banks also added a dark sense of mystery. I also tilted the frame by positioning the wharf at 45 degrees just to break the overall horizontality of the composition.

The Art of a Drone Selfie

Generally speaking, I always thought of selfies as being harmless fun. However, the idea of people becoming obsessed with the manufacturing of their own self-portraits came across as somewhat narcissistic. Because of that I always steered away from taking pictures of myself, and never in a million years would I have imagined writing a feature […]

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Delivery Drones for Public Health

Delivery Drones for Public Health

Interested in getting certified to fly drones for public health? Check out this release from the Humanitarian UAV Network: International health organizations, governments, major donors, non-governmental organizations and companies are increasingly looking to use delivery drones to improve public health services. So what does it actually take to run cargo drone deliveries for public health? […]
Calibrate & Process Multispectral Imagery

Calibrate & Process Multispectral Imagery

Join SimActive’s photogrammetry specialist Simon Grandin to learn more about multispectral images. Participants will learn about: -Using calibrated reflectance panels and sun sensors -Registering multispectral bands -Producing multiband orthomosaics -Creating vegetation index maps Register here
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