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Ty Poland

May 28

Drone footage is becoming increasingly popular all around the world. With all the different drones available, I want to go over a few reasons why the DJI Inspire 2 is superior to many other models on the market today for professional photography and cinematography.

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May 21

After the DJI Mavic Pro emerged in September 2016, drone companies have been creating smaller portable drones that fold up. But are these small drones suitable for professional photo and video work?

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Petra Leary is an aerial photographer from New Zealand. Her work is colorful, creative, and very fun to look at. Even after years of following Leary’s work, I am always excited to see what she is working on. expand full story

May 8

It is almost every drone pilot’s dream to travel the world to shoot whatever they’d like. Boyan Ortse has had the opportunity to work with many different people and brands and that has allowed him to travel all over the world. It is amazing to see all he has captured with a drone and some other equipment while he is on these adventures.

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April 28

Most first-person-view (FPV) drones have poor-quality small cameras. That’s why I was so excited when the Insta360 GO came out last year. This camera is about the size of your thumb, weighs just 20 grams (0.7 ounce), and records some pretty steady 1080p HD footage. The one drawback was limited recording time, which has now been fixed.

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April 16

If you own a recent-model Mac and iPad, you can now use the iPad as a portable, secondary display for your computer using a feature called Sidecar. This is a great way to use software, such as a drone simulator, on an iPad, even if there isn’t a mobile version of the program. Here’s how I used Sidecar to get my favorite simulator, DRL Sim for Mac, running on an iPad.

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April 9

Beverly Hills Aerials is an aerial cinematography company that has produced some of the most innovative work in the drone industry. And now they are selling some of their equipment to the public through a new company, BHA Customs. This includes a fantastic custom-built micro first-person-view (FPV) drone.

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April 6

I have been shooting aerial photography for years now, but have never really shared much of my process when it comes to creating images. Here’s a look at what goes into my planning of an aerial portrait shoot.

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April 1

FPV drones seem to move and fly in very different ways than DJI drones, making them different tools for drone applications. The FPV starter kit is a guide to help you get started with FPV drones before investing hundreds or thousands of dollars in them.

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March 30

As a drone pilot, it can be a little tough to practice our flying when we can’t leave the house to fly. Flight simulators have become increasingly popular, but what is the best, most realistic one?

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March 23

A lot has been going on recently with the coronavirus and the quarantines around the world. We conducted some shoots to raise awareness about the coronavirus and quarantines, illuminating a single subject with a LumeCube at night.

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March 16

The DJI Inspire 2 is still one of the leading commercial drones today for aerial cinematography. While other larger drones are around that can fly bigger payloads, the Inspire 2 provides a more versatile filming experience.

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March 11

The DJI Digital FPV system caused a lot of hype for everyone when it originally came out. After flying for months with both digital/analog systems, it has become a lot easier to identify the pros and cons when it comes to analog video transmission and DJI’s new digital HD video transmission.

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March 6

FPV drones have been on the rise the past few years, and there are more instances than ever before where these drones are being used for commercial work. With advancements in tech happening so quickly, how does DJI’s Digital FPV stand up against the typical analog video transmission?

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March 2

The New York City Drone Film Festival has been around for the past five years, showcasing some of the best drone videos from around the world. This year NYCDFF decided to join forces with a large online drone video community, AirVuz, that has also been around for the past five years. With both of these forces coming together, will this create the most impactful drone film festival yet?

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February 24

One of the most recent occurrences in the drone industry today is the number of content creators who are adding sounds to their drone footage. This simple hack almost makes it feel like your drone has a microphone, only you choose what the viewer will hear.

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February 18

TikTok is a newer app that is now competing at scale with Instagram. Though it may at first glance seem like an app used only by a younger generation, it can actually help you become more creative with drones.

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February 12

So maybe you have a drone but aren’t sure where to go to take photos or shoot video. It may seem like you need to travel somewhere beautiful to capture content like the stuff you see online. I’m here to tell you that isn’t true, and provide you with a few simple tips for shooting with your drone.

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