8 Tips for Better Drone Photography

This is a special guest post done in collaboration with Vadim Sherbakov who is an independent interactive web and mobile application art director and photographer based in Moscow, Russia. To view Vadim’s work, visit his Instagram feed and Vimeo page. 8 Tips for Better Drone Photography

For the past few months, I’ve been taking aerial photographs with a drone and I’d love to share the best drone photography tips to help you make the most of your drone photos!

The primary drone I shoot with is the DJI Phantom 3 Pro quadcopter and the DJI Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter, the DJI Mavic Pro, the DJI Inspire Pro so these aren’t just Phantom photography tips but really everything I share below can be applied to many other drone models as well from Yuneec, Parrot and 3DR.

While the Phantom 3 camera is great, it is not without its faults.

It can shoot 12mb RAW photos (the newer drones have even better cameras), but noise and focus are a couple of this camera’s weak points.

Camera shake can also be a problem due wind at various altitudes but that is really unavoidable. To minimize these compromising factors, I always make sure to follow these 8 principles.  Read More

Video of the Week: Exploring Mexico

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This week’s drone video of the week, ‘Exploring Mexico Vol 3’, comes to us from Tarsicio Sañudo of Post and Fly. Ever since Tarsicio’s first drone film went viral (‘Exploring Mexico Vol 1’) he has decided to make a new drone video every summer that explores his beautiful country. In this film Tarsicio shows us amazing drone views over snorkelers & whale sharks, Baja California Sur, a hidden beach and Acapulco. Read More

How do you post full-screen portrait photos (Non-Square) on Instagram?

Instagram square vs portrait mode

I was recently asked by a follower how I post full-screen portrait photos on Instagram like the example above on the right instead of just the typical square photo. So I thought to share my process with everyone below.

Posting photos to Instagram in full-screen portrait mode is actually super easy to do ever since Instagram updated the app this past summer. The first thing you need to do is crop your photo outside of the Instagram app. My favorite photo editing app is the Priime app but you can use any photo editor that has a crop tool. Read More

Video of the Week: Southern Iceland landscapes and the Northern Lights

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This week Colby Moore, a professional filmmaker based out of Missouri, takes us on a aerial and time-lapse journey through Southern Iceland. Filmed over the course of six days, Colby and his wife spent time shooting black sand beaches,  luminous blue icebergs, dramatic waterfalls, vast emerald landscapes and the Aurora Borealis. Check out the video below and then read the interview with Colby after the jump! Read More

Video of the Week: Dubai in 4K

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In this week’s video we get to follow Nero Chan’s journey through the one place I am dying to visit, Dubai. Chan captures some incredible angles of downtown Dubai as well as one of the only seven-star hotels in the world, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab. He then takes us through the desert to watch the Tanura Dance Show from above and he ends by showing some gorgeous nighttime views of this amazing city in the United Arab Emirates.

While watching this, keep in mind that most of the stunning development you see was nothing more than an empty desert just a couple decades ago.

Filmed with a DJI Inspire 1 and DJI Phantom 2. Check out more of Nero’s work on his YouTube Channel and his Facebook page.