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.

 

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.

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