Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones by Eric Cheng

By Eric Cheng

Reasonably cheap buyer drones that supply ease of flight and high quality images and videography have exploded out there lately, growing what can simply be defined as drone mania among a various variety of strength clients. simply because camera-carrying drones nonetheless relatively in simple terms exist at the aspect among pastime and the mainstream, there's nonetheless loads of confusion approximately what those small drones are able to doing. the choice to buy one is simply the 1st in an extended move of items a brand new proprietor needs to imagine about.

Aerial images and Videography utilizing Drones is designed that can assist you utilize the possibilities those nimble, reasonable, and available flying machines have created for aerial images and videography. inside of this definitive consultant, you’ll find out about the following:

• the present kingdom of digital camera drone equipment

• the best way to turn into a reliable drone operator

• suggestions for buying the simplest aerial nonetheless pictures and videos

• tales from aerial photographers and videographers from round the world

• the present regulatory kingdom for drone utilization within the U.S.

• ideas validated in different movies you could obtain from, besides pre-flight checklists and worksheets for flight training.

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16 The DJI GO smartphone and tablet app functions as a remote piloting and camera interface for the Phantom 3. The Phantom 3 and its prosumer predecessor, the DJI Inspire 1, were the first camera drones that truly felt like remote cameras. As someone who worked in the field as a professional photographer for more than ten years, I think of the Phantom 3 as being the first real flying camera. We are no longer flying drones that carry cameras. These drones actually are cameras, in terms of functionality.

What Is a Gimbal? Almost all camera drones these days use gimbals to stabilize onboard cameras. The word gimbal is a generic term for a pivoted support that allows for object rotation around an axis, but in the drone world, gimbals are mounts that stabilize cameras in two or three axes using brushless motors—the same kind of motors that drones use to fly. In fact, gimbals work similarly to the way drones work. On the camera mount is an inertial measurement unit (IMU) that tells a gimbal controller its orientation.

It’s simply not currently possible to build a quadcopter that matches the Phantom 3 in size and features, for any price. The 3DR Solo is another option. It is a “smart” drone that can carry a GoPro camera on an optional gimbal. It features integration with smart devices and is the first drone that can control a GoPro through its HERO Bus. It can tell the GoPro to start and stop recording, shoot still images, and change its settings. 3DR has also been focusing on “smart” moves, and the Solo comes bundled with software-driven features that assist cinematographers and photographers by removing them from the flight equation.

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