5 Methods of Achieving Winning Shots With An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Aerial photography is special.

The method of photographing heart-stirring snapshots and videos provide a perspective that can only be characterized as awe-inspiring.

There’s nothing quite like unconventional portraits, and curiously captured, mystifying images of nature, architecture, and landscape from a bird’s eye view.

Balloons and helicopters among them, there are numerous ways to secure aerial photographic images. Kites, parachutes, stand-alone telescopes, vehicle-mounted poles, blimps, dirigibles, pigeons, rockets, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or “drones”).

If you happen to have an unmanned aerial vehicle at your disposal, there are some things you can do to be sure that your drone is capturing truly winning shots. Read on to learn some tips and emerging techniques that elevate an image from good to great:

1 .  After you’ve purchased your drone be sure you know exactly how to use it. Unpack the instruction manual, read through all of the features, and browse the selection of movements.

Before you take the drone outside and introduce to high wind, use the remote control to navigate the device within your home and discover how many hours it can be piloted. Be sure to purchase an aircraft that’s able to boast a video feed. Also, opt for one that’s compatible with a smartphone. Yuneec’s Typhoon, Hexo+, and AirDog designed devices that use smart settings.

  1.  Identify your priorities and purchase the necessary accessories to ensure that your drone has a capable onboard camera. With the right add-ons, you’ll benefit front handling a device that has a number of features, including high-tech heat vision, security, or a live video feed.
  2. Know that you have to register your aircraft, following Dec. 21. 2015. The recent interest in unmanned aircraft means that owners can register with the Federal Aviation Administration for $5. That cost, plus one’s name, address, and email address will cover a fleet for three years. There are other airspace regulations to keep in mind, including the fact that drones must watch their proximity to other aircrafts, and airfields and airports. Respect boundaries and the law.
  3. Adjust your settings as needed. Keep exposure, resolution, frame rate, and white balance in mind when piloting your drone. Familiarizing yourself with the capabilities of your device, whether you have a camera built-in or a mounted camera, will make you appear more seasoned than your peers.
  4. Become a master of post-production. Your editing software will help you correct any color issues, and allow you to enhance brilliant details. Choose from Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, or Photoshop, and these applications will transform your image from standard to extraordinarily professional-grade.

Some other tips you might want to consider include: follow a pre-flight checklist, use a gimbal and prop balancer; master aerial videography pans; avoid wind and other weather that might be hazardous to your device; establish a direct line of sight; and overshoot your time frame. For other valuable tips, visit UAV Coach, which is a company that trains the public on how they might operate UAVs.

 

Sports Photography: Learn to Capture Stunning Athletics In Motion

Ben SheehySports photographers function in an exhilarating realm of photojournalism.

It involves capturing competitive athletes in the wild. Likewise, shooting sports teams, and sporting events with motion-capable cameras.

Their profession requires them to obtain shots of competitive athletes in the wild. Likewise, they must shoot sports teams, and sports events with motion-capable cameras.

Often, sports photographers do so to capture images for publication in newspapers, magazines, or other paths of consumption for the general public. ESPN Magazine and Sports Illustrated are just some of the names featuring amateur, professional, collegiate sports.

Sports photographers function in a realm of photojournalism which involves capturing athletes, sports teams, and sporting events with their cameras. Often, they do so to capture images for publication in newspapers, magazines, or other paths of consumption for the general public. ESPN Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and many publications feature amateur, professional, collegiate sports.

Read on to learn some important sports photography tips and techniques for novices to observe before they can truly make their mark as a sports photographer:

Study Sports Photographers: Neil Leifer, Mark J. Rebilas, Walter Looss, Bob Martin, John G. Zimmerman, Al Bello, Rick Clarkson, Barton Silverman, Michael Clark, and Bill Frakes are just the names of some of the most skilled sports photographers we’ve ever seen. Google these names or visit sports photography websites to find some incredible visuals and some sports photographer education.

Offer Your Skills For Free: Choose a platform, like Flickr, and post some of your images for fair use. While doing this direct attention to a personally developed blog so that the public has a clear understanding of your passion, ability, and your dedication to the field.

Know Your Sports: An important part of sports photography is knowing when you can anticipate action. To do this, you need to know the rules, the roles, and expect when things may happen. Sports are fast-moving, but it’s somewhat more predictable. Whether we’re discussing racing, fighting, swimming, golf, tennis, hockey, and soccer.

Educate Yourself in Photography: Browse the web, read the books, and scroll stock footage featured on popular websites. Figure out what images are being sought out and how you might improve on the standard. Also, consider taking a photography class or finding a mentor, so you can learn how to use different functions on a camera, including autofocus.

Capture Things in Motion: Sit outside, grab your camera, and practice capturing things on the move, things in motion. Snap images of birds, dogs, and cars. Visit your local park and photograph the pickup game. And don’t just do this during the day. Try shooting at night.

While daylight seems easier, night sports photography allows you an opportunity to investigate low light sports photography settings.

Develop A Long-term Photography Project: To demonstrate your skills and to showcase all that you’re learning, put all of your efforts toward a long-term project that tells a story. When you’re doing so, remember that you must tell a cohesive, compelling story. Think about what images you’d like to share, and consider how they might resonate with the public.

When taking any pictures, whether it’s for personal use or distribution on a sports photography websites, remember the following things: be critical, focus your lens, angle your camera away from the crowd and toward action, and never stop shooting.

After you’ve done all of these things, share images around to peers and professionals; submit to papers, journals, and magazines; and search for sport photography jobs on Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and other relevant job posting websites.

Drones Meet Virtual Reality – Experience It For Yourself.

powerup fpv virtual reality dronesWhat do you get when you combine the simplicity of a paper plane with the technology of a drone? PowerUp Toys has partnered with Parrot to combine the two into a remote controlled paper drone, the PowerUp FPV. It is fully equipped with an engine, a camera and a wi-fi hotspot. Another bonus? Users will be able to experience the flight firsthand by using Google’s new virtual reality accessory, Google Cardboard. This seamless integration of basic materials, like paper and cardboard, with advanced as well as easily accessible technology has created a product that is intriguing and exciting.

Thanks to the many advancements of smartphone technology, video quality will not be sacrificed, which is often the case with drone footage. Drones available on the market typically fall into two categories. The first is dependent on analog signals to control the drone and stream footage. While the advantage is the ability to travel far distances, the quality of the footage is often sacrificed. Other drones can be controlled via the user’s smartphone, but these are typically unable to travel far distances and usually do not come with a camera.The wi-fi hotspot allows users to live stream footage from the fully rotating camera to their smartphones. The footage can then be uploaded to popular sites like YouTube and Vimeo for sharing.

The combination of PowerUp’s paper plane design with Parrot’s drone technology will create a drone that not only goes far, but provides the user with a high quality virtual reality experience. The product is not available on the market yet, but PowerUp is launching a Kickstarter in November to make it a reality. For more information on the PowerUpFPV and the Kickstarter campaign, check out PowerUp’s website. Be sure to contribute if you want to part-take in this fun.

For more updates, check out GeekTime and Wired. In the meantime, be sure to follow me on Twitter!

Exploring New Trends in the Business World

Global Business EconomyIn the world of constantly evolving technology and new start-up businesses popping up everywhere, change is inevitable. Businesses are catching on to new trends that appeal to both the business owners and the clients. Giving back to the community is becoming a trend in itself.

One example of this is the sharing economy platform, also known as the peer economy. In the sharing economy, owners rent out something that they are not using, such as a house or a car to a stranger using these peer-to-peer services. These companies typically have a rating or review system so that people on both sides of the transaction can trust the other. With the popularity of these services, many people are realizing that they don’t need to buy when they can rent from others and save money along the way. Some examples of these companies are sites like Airbnb and RelayRides.

Another new trend that businesses are catching onto that benefits both the company and the client is to become a benefit corporation. These new corporations are required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on shareholders but also on workers, community, and the environment. Benefit corporations represent a new breed of businesses that harness their power and resources for public good. They are committed to making a profound social difference for both people and the planet. These corporations hold transparency to a very high standard and are required to make available to the public an annual benefit report that assesses their overall social and environmental performance.

Some examples of existing benefit corporations are Etsy, Patagonia, and The Honest Company.

New App Helps You Communicate Abroad

bravolol foreign language app logoIf you have traveled abroad extensively, for business or pleasure, you are probably all too aware of the fact that communication, or lack thereof, can cause a slew of problems. From genuine safety concerns to wandering aimlessly in foreign streets to ordering incorrectly at a restaurant, the language barrier can be a traveler’s headache. Thick guidebooks and language dictionaries are becoming things of the past as books are becoming increasingly obsolete due to the advent of the smartphone, tablets, and the omnipresence of the internet. In a recent article, Stephanie Rosenebloom from the New York Times outlines a few of the best language applications you can use on your smartphone that can be a true lifesaver abroad.

A cost-friendly alternative to these nettlesome books, Bravolol offers different language applications for a number of different languages including, but not limited to, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and many more. Each app features common phrases and words that you are bound encounter and use while traveling in the respective country free of charge. Another free feature of Bravolol is the romance section. Here, you can learn phrases such as “Would you like a drink?” and other things you may hear during a night on the town. The app allows the user to favorite certain phrases and subsequently displays them in an easily accessible favorites category.

Bravolol stands out from its competitors for two reasons. First, is its user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing design. The application displays the categories on plain white background with a colorful and easily identifiable buttons for the various categories. Ease of use for such an application is imperative because it is going to be most useful when you are roaming the streets of a foreign city, and not when you are lounging on your hotel room bed. It also allows you to increase the font size so you do not have to waste precious time repeatedly putting on your glasses.

Furthermore, Bravolol is tremendously useful for anyone on a foreign excursion as it pronounces the words and phrases aloud. This eliminates all guesswork regarding the pronunciation of these words. However, if you still find yourself butchering these phrases, simply let whomever you are trying to communicate with listen to the Bravolol app.

If you are looking for additional features such as weather, numbers, or directions, you are going to have to shell out $4.99 for the paid version of Bravolol.

Rosenbloom also considers Google Translate to be one of her favorite apps while traveling abroad. With Google Translate, you can learn new words by snapping a picture of a word or phrase you see. The app can scan the image and almost instantaneously provide you with the correct translation. This feature can prove to be quite useful when rushing through the airport or looking for a desired restaurant.

You can also speak into the app. Google Translate will translate what you just said and play it back for you in your requested language. How cool is that! On the flip-side, if you are having trouble communicating with a waiter or clerk, simply hold the phone up to reveal what they are saying.