Drone Education: Best Practices, Safety Tips, Buying Guides, and More

Latest Drone Education: Best Practices, Safety Tips, Buying Guides, and More
by Chase Guttman
1 year ago
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Just out of reach of the longest selfie stick and the lowest-hovering helicopter, drones can capture what no other technology is typically allowed or capable of capturing. That's particularly liberating in a world where 350 million photographs are uploaded to Facebook daily. Here are seven tips to help make your drone photography stand out rather than drone on. Fly smart...

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In this B&H Event Space video, Chase Guttman, author of the upcoming Handbook of Drone Photography, guides you through the airspace of the newest photographic frontier. The ancient human desire to take flight and see the world from a towering perspective is now available to the masses. In this short video, Guttman sheds light on all the basics—the anatomy of different types of drones, a...
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Initially only existing in the domain of serious hobbyists and professionals, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or UAVs for short, also colloquially referred to as “drones”), have made a big splash in the consumer-electronics world. With a consumer base ranging from content creators to thrill-seeking individuals, UAVs now come in a strikingly wide variety of shapes, sizes, prices, and applications. While...
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In these days of digital post production, filters are often overlooked as an image-control tool. But there are times when filters can be extremely useful, especially when capturing images from a drone. Common filters available for done cameras include UV, which are typically used as “protective filters,” neutral density filters (ND), which reduce light levels, and circular polarizer filters (CP...
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As B&H’s chief machine biologist, I get asked a lot of questions from technology owners all over the world: What sort of kibble should I buy for a Nikon D810? Lithium Bits, fortified with extra ions. How tall will a...

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In this B&H Event Space video, Grady Boyce, drone pilot and owner of SkyGen Aviation, and Parker Gyokeres, owner of Propellerheads Aerial Photography, provide a detailed overview of operating drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) from both regulatory and practical perspectives. Full of high-level information and salient points, Boyce’s discussion revolves around the evolution of...
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We’ve come a long way from a few years ago when nobody outside the RC model aircraft world knew what the heck a quadcopter was. Today, I think it’s fair to say most of us have some concept of a quadcopter, or drone, or UAV, or preferred nomenclature. Thanks to innovations in compact embedded computers, motion sensors, and other technologies, RC flying is no longer a niche hobby, but is available...
3 years ago
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The 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival recently announced its winners, so now is the perfect time to start planning your entry for 2017. With this in mind, I sought out festival director Randy Scott Slavin, who was already working on a drone race, to find out just what sort of entries the 2017 festival would be entertaining. I was hoping to find out and, of course, share with you, the secret...
3 years ago
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Drones. Literally, they're everywhere. Whether it’s zipping through the skies, performing aerial acrobatics indoors, or lovingly stalking you from a user-defined distance, there’s no escaping them. And thanks to a rapidly evolving technology base and consumer interest that's steadily on the rise, it looks as if drones are poised to dominate both the air and the airwaves for years to come. If you'...
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You are likely aware that there are many uses for drones outside of film and video production, but you may be surprised how many and how varied the uses are. And the number is growing fast. In fact, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), optimal integration of drones in the U.S. will result in the creation of about 100,000 jobs and an effect of $82...
3 years ago
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Drones, quadcopters, unmanned aerial vehicles. No matter what you call them, by now you’ve no doubt heard about these radio-controlled marvels. However, what you might not be familiar with is the latest craze currently sweeping the aerial R/C community. I’m talking about the increasingly popular sport of First Person View (FPV) drone racing. FPV puts you, the pilot, inside your drone’s cockpit,...

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Cinematographer Randy Scott Slavin discusses his experience being a DP using drones, with B&H Prospectives. He explains how he got into drone shooting, beginning with a skateboard video, and puts into perspective the reservations many people have about drone safety. Slavin also offers tips on getting great shots all while keeping crew and bystanders safe. We hope you enjoy the video, and...
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Two inevitable user groups for aerial imaging are wedding photographers and videographers. Let's face it—RC multi-rotor aircraft were pretty much made to carry a camera. With GPS flight-control systems, they can stand and hover in a fixed position on their own, track a moving subject, and they are highly maneuverable. With a drone, you can add a whole new dimension to your productions. The first...
4 years ago
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What are they and who uses them? Some call them drones, some apply the label “quadcopters” as a blanket term—though they can have any number of rotors or even be planes—the FAA calls them “unmanned aerial systems” (UAS). I prefer to call them “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs), a neutral term broad enough to safely include pretty much the whole gamut, from Hubsan nano drones up to commercial and...
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