Posts by Brandon

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Where are all the drones: Is DJI slowing down?

Ever since the Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic were launched last October, fans have been speculating when the next consumer drone would be announced. After a year of nothing but the Spark, surely DJI was preparing for something big. Many were expecting DJI's recent press event to be the great unveiling of the Phantom 5 or something equally ambitious. Unfortunately, not only did the Phantom 5 fail to make an appearance, but drones were hardly mentioned. Instead, we got…a »

Why You Should Keep Your Hobby Drone Registered with the FAA

Back in December of 2015, the FAA began requiring hobby drone owners to register their drone online and subsequently mark the drone with a unique identifier. Nearly 300,000 drone users registered in the first month, and that number is estimated to have grown to just shy of 1,000,000 owners. And because this is the government, they tacked on a $5 fee when registering, bringing in close to $3 million. One person in particular - John Taylor - »

From 400 ft: A Walkthrough on Creating Vertical Panoramas

Horizontal panoramas have been popular for while, but it wasn't until drones took to the skies that vertical panoramas have started to take off. On the ground, the vertical range of the viewpoint is very limited and usually isn't enough to create a worthwhile vertical pano, especially since today's wide angle lenses can handle the range just fine. But at 400 ft, this all changes. Looking straight down suddenly becomes interesting. In fact, you have at least 90 degrees of »

The Quadcopter vs The Fixed-Wing Drone: Reviewing the Parrot Disco

When you hear drone, you probably think of a quadcopter like a DJI Phantom or Yuneec Typhoon. But drones can also be fixed-wing - operating more like a plane than a helicopter. These fixed-wing drones are far more popular in the high-end commercial sector, but there are a few that hobbyist can pick up for around the same price as a DJI or Yuneec. You might be wondering how these "drones" are different than traditional model airplanes that have been »

Simple Tips for Better Drone Photography

After shooting drone photography for about a year, I've picked up on some tips that have really made a big difference in the quality of photos that I produce. While some of these just require a lot of practice, many are simple methods or settings that yield surprising results that can help take your photography to the next level, even if you are just a hobbyist. The primary drone that I use for photography is the DJI Phantom 4, so »


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