There can be no doubt anymore that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent in the 30-year hurricane cycle and more devastating for those involved. The sad truth is that we don’t have to look too far for the evidence, it is reported on the nightly news.
Recent scenes in Houston, TX, following the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, highlight the impact of major storms on large cities and populations. Further, flood waters continue to rage across Asia, with hundreds of lives lost and displaced.
At the time of writing, Hurricane Irma beats a path across the Caribbean, and Florida residents try to plan for evacuation. This sharp increase shows that preparation is very important, but also the search and rescue efforts need to be updated. Rescuers now can use new state of the art equipment like the top-rated FLIR TG165 thermal imager
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Aerial photography as a technique first emerged in France. Interestingly, however, two American citizens are responsible for the oldest surviving aerial photo taken in 1860. The photo was taken from a height of 630 meters and is a depiction of Boston.
Aerial photography is best defined as the art of taking photographs of the ground from an airborne platform including both traditional and modern platforms. For example, the earliest aerial photos were taken using balloons, kites, and fixed wing aircraft.
While these are still in use, new modern platforms are in use now including helicopters and drones which are quite popular among modern photographers.
A defining feature of aerial photos is their high degrees of radial distortion; straight lines may appear as curved lines. This means that the topography is slightly altered which in turn means that any measurements taken from the aerial photo have a significant degree of … Read the rest
Planning, filming, and editing, aerial videos can be a complicated process where practice makes perfect. There is so much to consider that 30 seconds of perfectly shot footage is an achievement.
For these reasons, the following 5 videos should command your respect. Because they all highlight the flying skill, artistic eye and technical knowledge of five filmmakers who’ve perfected their skills. Enjoy!
1) “The Best Thing I’ve Ever Filmed…” by Clym Montgomery:
The premise of this video is simple. A young man takes the drone to the coast of North Cornwall, UK Flies it from his hotel window over the landscape and films what he sees.
There are some incredible elements to this short piece of footage. Not only are the shots perfectly smooth and brilliantly lit in the fading light. But the flight also took Montgomery 450 meters from said hotel room right out of the rugged coastline and … Read the rest
What Are The Tips And Tricks For Aerial Photography?
It is hard to give up the chance to jump into a helicopter and spend an afternoon taking great shots of a beautiful natural landscape or cityscape. It is the sort of experience that many amateur photographers don’t get the opportunity to enjoy all that often, which means that every shot needs to count.
There is nothing worse that going over your photos from the day to find that half or more ruined by bad technique or other factors.
The following five aerial photography tips are simple precautions and tricks that you can employ to increase your success rate.
1) Plan Ahead And Know Your Route.
A fast-paced helicopter ride can lead to information overload if the path and landscape are entirely new to you. If you have an idea of what is coming, you have a better chance of preparing … Read the rest
Best Drone For Aerial Videos
Drones are allowing us to capture the world on film in ways that we never thought possible As technology advances. These machines become more and more capable of longer flight times, stable, controlled flights and impressive photographic specifications. The greater the chance of producing a professional looking film.
The four aerial videos are perfect examples of what can achieve with a drone. It contains a good camera system, a steady hand on the controls and a good editor.
With the right amount of time and patience, it is possible to fool viewers into thinking. They are looking at a professional piece of footage, and the drone aspect fades into the background.
1) The World’s Very Best Drone Videos – November 2015:
The first videos in this list are not one film-maker’s single project but rather a compilation of some of the best efforts seen over … Read the rest
Drone For Aerial Photography
With the affordable Phantom 2(Drones, Aerial Video/Photos) at one end of the scale and the flashy Phantom 4. At the other, it is easy to overlook the mid-range models of the Phantom 3 line. There are pros and cons to this series, but the Phantom 3 Professional proves the best drones. As it showcases the best of DJI’s photographic features with some great hardware.
There is an excellent look at the Phantom range of drones that appeals to amateur operators. It is important that the company retains this whether they are trying to sell the original model. A “professional” upgrade like this or their more recent unveiling.… Read the rest
Aerial Photography Tips And Tricks
The development of faster, stronger, user-friendly drones with built-in video cameras means that filmmaking has become a lot easier for many wannabe directors.The problem is that this perceived ease of use and the development of the camera means that it is easy to minimize the amount of work that has to go into creating these shots.The following guide offers a series of simple aerial photography tips for newcomers to videography that should help you to create a great looking piece of footage with ease.
It All Begins With Choosing Your Equipment.
The first question you need to ask yourself if you are new to the game is which is the right quadcopter and the right camera for your needs? A quadcopter is a good place to start looking because of the stability in the four rotors, but there are lots of different types of … Read the rest
Best Cameras For Aerial Photography
Aerial photography and videography is an important selling point of a drone these days. People don’t just want to learn to fly; they want to get to shoot film while flying these incredible machines.
There are lots of brands out there looking to draw in this demographic with high-end cameras, interesting software and other tricks and details. The next ten drones and quadcopters are some of the best around with the best cameras, controls, and other top features.
1) The Dji Phantom 3 Professional.
The DJI Phantom 3 Professional is sure to be at the top of the list for many keen aerial photographer and videographers because it is such a great all-around drone with impressive capabilities.
It is important to note that this is the professional form of the 3rd gen model, not the more expensive 4th gen. The reason this one has chosen … Read the rest
DJI Phantom 4: Best Drone For Aerial Photography
Like the Phantom 3 Professional that came before it, the DJI Phantom 4 is built for “high-level aerial photography and cinematography”. This means that this is being sold as the must-have, top-of-the-line camera drone for budding film-makers.
According to Andrew Nixon at BestDroneForTheJob.com, the Phantom 4 is “the most intelligent, easy-to-operate flying camera drone available for less than $2,000.”
Sure, OK. But is this better than the Phantom 3? and could DJI go further when designing their next drones?
Similarities between the Phantom 4 and prior models
Size and shape: both the Phantom 3 and 4 have a diagonal size of 350mm with four pairs of propellers.And they share the same 3axis gimbal with the same pitch.
The camera: the camera offers the same field of view on the lens.The same shutter speed and similar capabilities on still photography mode. The … Read the rest
Tips For Aerial Photography
The opportunity to get up in the air in a helicopter or small passenger plane and take photographs of a landscape is something that many photographers would leap at the chance to do.These trips provide breathtaking scenes and opportunities for shots that photographers can only dream. The problem is that there is a lot to think about when planning these trips.It Will guide you to take through the basics of the experience – from the pre-flight prep to the post-flight experience.
Preparing For Your First Aerial Photography Flight.
Before you fly, you need to research your trip and the company that you book your flight with. Get to know the route, prepare for some of the key landmarks that you will encounter, think about the day of time that you will fly (do you want an early morning sunrise or that late afternoon light?) and find … Read the rest
DJI Phantom 2 Reviews
DJI Phantom 4(Best Drones For Aerial Video/Photos) catching the eye of many new drone users with its powerful software. And promises of professional level aerial photography and cinematography. The Phantom 2 may not seem like such an appealing option.
It is a much more affordable model, but it is easy to assume that the specification is good. The truth is that various basic specs are not changed and this simple “ready to fly” model has many benefits. With so many similarities and so many keen operators sticking with this model. Is it worth bypassing for the expensive Phantom 4 or the “upgraded” Phantom 3 range?
Firstly, it is important to note that the flight capabilities of the Phantom series haven’t changed. Since the Phantom 2 created because the designers got so much right with this design. That they didn’t need to make too many changes.… Read the rest
Best Aerial Photographs From Drones
Best Aerial photography is an art form that can take years to master. There are so many variables to think about when dealing with altitude, camera settings and the motion of the shots.
Some Aerial photographers have seen the potential of a simple GoPro and drone and taken the capabilities to impressive new levels.Dronestagram is a site dedicated to these images, and they have compiled a series of their best aerial photos. The following photos are just some of those shots.
Town of Maringá
“A drone’s perspective of the Brazilian town of Maringá” by Ricardo Mattiello. It was taken by a custom-built drone and a GoPro Hero Three Black. The shot captures the moment that the drum breaks the thin veil of cloud. That hangs over the city and sees the bright sky above.
The skyline peeks above the mist, and a bold spire … Read the rest
Best Aerial Photos
Photographic competitions have long honoured the skill and artistic eye of photographers across the world. Whether they are professionals in a particular field or amateurs learning their craft.
The rise of aerial photography with drones means that there is a whole new group of photographers to celebrate. 5,900 of them from 28 countries submitted their best aerial photos for the Dronestagram competition. Here are the winners and runners-up for the three top categories.
Courtesy of Dronestagram
First place went to a stunning landscape photo from Francisco Cattuto. That shows that best aerial photos are about more than the equipment.
Here the photographer has considered the angle, conditions and time of day. To line up the final shot of this beautiful architecture appearing through the clouds in the evening sun.
Courtesy of Dronestagram
Second place went to something a little more abstract and artistic compared to the … Read the rest
Tips And Tricks For Shooting The Best Aerial Videos With Drones
Aerial videography What To Look While Shooting Aerial Videos with drones gives budding film-makers the chance to explore a landscape from a new perspective and to allow viewers to see areas of the world that are inaccessible without these UAVs taking us on a bird-eye tour.
With the right techniques, skill level and equipment, it is possible to get some bold, epic shots of interesting places without having to pay out for professional equipment. Amateur filmmakers are testing out new approaches all the time, and some of the short films are created and take them closer to pro-level footage than ever before.
If you want a slow, sweeping establishing shot, a drone is a way to go. This brief guide to landscape videography will highlight some of the best approaches.
Determining The Best Location For Your Film Shoot.
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