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My mission here was to capture the beautiful contrasting colors and textures of the lily pads, water, and wharf. Hence, I decided to elevate the drone to about 45 to 60 feet as it allowed me encapsulate every part of the scene I wanted to. It also helped me crop out other potential distractions, such as grassy banks, that could have crept into the scene. Cropping out the grassy banks also added a dark sense of mystery. I also tilted the frame by positioning the wharf at 45 degrees just to break the overall horizontality of the composition.

The Art of a Drone Selfie

Generally speaking, I always thought of selfies as being harmless fun. However, the idea of people becoming obsessed with the manufacturing of their own self-portraits came across as somewhat narcissistic. Because of that I always steered away from taking pictures of myself, and never in a million years would I have imagined writing a feature […]
How-to Solder up Battery Connectors

How-to Solder up Battery Connectors

Our Senior West Coast Editor John Reid offers up some tips for soldering on a new connector to your flight battery. This video will take you from the start to the finish on this critical soldering skill.    

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How to improve your drone aerial photos (Quick Tip)

How to improve your drone aerial photos (Quick Tip)

If you watch great films, most outdoor scenes are shot at the “golden hour,” which is the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset. The light is low, and because the sun is going through so much more of the atmosphere, it seems larger and the light is softer. I am not a morning […]
Drone Aerial Video Editing: Color Correct for Professional Results

Drone Aerial Video Editing: Color Correct for Professional Results

Most of the videos that you view online today have a lot in common: They are shot on a digital video camera, are cut together to some music, have had some titles added, and are compressed and then uploaded. The online audience has an insatiable appetite for aerial footage, and you want to make sure […]

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Great Camera Drones, Our Top Eight

Great Camera Drones, Our Top Eight

A guide for the aerial photographer and videographer by Team PhotoDrone It‘s no secret that rotor drones and aerial-camera systems are a match made in heaven. With the increasing quality of cameras and downlink video links and the amazing developments in flight controller and stabilization systems, getting those exciting bird’s-eye-view images is easier than ever […]
LiPo C-ratings and what you need to know

LiPo C-ratings and what you need to know

What do charge rates mean, and is there a noticeable performance difference between high and low rated packs? Charge rates are just what they sound like. It is the amp rate at which you are capable of charging a specific battery pack. Most commonly you will see this at 1C, 2C, and all the way […]

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Drone Travel: Picking a Case

Drone Travel: Picking a Case

What’s the best type of case for traveling with drones and accessories? Answer: A hard-shell, polyethylene case is superior for both transit and shipping. Look for name brands with strong replacement warranties in the event of freak failures in the handles or otherwise. Also look for optional or included locking mechanisms and  ergonomic features, such […]
Drones: Expert Tips You Need to Know

Drones: Expert Tips You Need to Know

13 Pro Tips for Better Flying, Filming, and More Fun When you get your first multirotor, you’ll probably have a barrage of questions about this new endeavor. Here at RotorDrone Magazine, we hear many different “getting started” questions, so we reached out to our experts for their solutions. Now that I have a multirotor where […]

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Drones & Future Tech

Drones & Future Tech

There is no denying that the consumer 3D printer is quickly coming of age. There is growing competition among companies to find new and less expensive ways of automating the process of making real world objects out of virtual ones. But while for some companies the imperative is to improve quality and performance, others focus […]
Drones Light up the Night!

Drones Light up the Night!

I recently had the fortune of test flying three independent light sources for nighttime flying. Depending on what your project is, you might want to illuminate the crops below you; a person walking or in a vehicle; or your background hills, buildings, etc. Aircraft used for testing purposes were the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced and […]
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