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The Importance of Having Spare Drone Propeller Parts

Drone operators must be prepared for anything. Whether you’re a professional who depends on your drone for a paycheck, or a hardcore hobbyist enjoying the skies, it is important to have the supplies needed to keep the drone flying. One supply that is vital to have on-hand is spare drone propeller parts.

The Importance of Having Spare Drone Propeller Parts On Hand

Be prepared for anything. A broken propeller with no replacement can easily cancel a scheduled flight, and possibly a job. One canceled gig could spell disaster for a fledgling drone operator working to grow their business. Bad reviews from clients can quickly bring a bad reputation whether deserved or not.

The suggested replacement for drone propellers varies, however, the general consensus is to replace propellers every 100 to 150 flight hours. If accidents happen such as collisions or crashes, it is a good idea to replace propellers earlier. Also, inspect propellers thoroughly for hairline cracks before and after flights. Wipe down the blades immediately after flights as well to get rid of inadvertent bug strikes.

While maintenance and preparation are important, it is also vital to have the spare parts needed to complete the job. Spare propeller parts from RDM Drones are reasonable, especially after factoring in the cost of drones that flyers invest their hard-earned money in. To look over the large inventory of spare propeller parts from RDM Drones.

Reputation is extremely important. The best way to keep a good reputation is to always be prepared with spare equipment to keep your drone flying. Propeller spare parts are an essential part of a drone pack.  For more information contact us.

Yuneec Breeze First Person View (FPV) System

Get ready to take your drone experience to the next level with Yuneec’s Breeze First Person View (FPV) System. With the Breeze FPV system, you can now pilot your drone in first-person, as if you were actually sitting in the cockpit. You’ll see what your camera sees, allowing you to capture the perfectly crisp, beautiful video you need.

Yuneec Breeze First Person View (FPV) System

The Breeze Game Controller connects to your smart device via Bluetooth, giving you the capability to fly your drone accurately with physical joysticks and buttons, as opposed to the virtual controls available on your touchscreen smart device. The Breeze Game Controller provides a more accurate flying control system than competitors and helps you maneuver your drone exactly where it needs to be.

Place your smart device on Yuneec’s ergonomic and durable FPV goggles to experience a fully immersive flying experience. The Breeze transmits 720p HD video to your smart device, but the camera can record in 720p, 1080p, or even 4K video. With an 110 degree field of view, you’ll have a fantastic flying experience time after time. Yuneec’s FPV goggles offer an adjustable headband and pupil distance adjustment, allowing for a snug and comfortable fit and an uninterrupted flying experience.

RDM Drones is here to put industry-leading technology into the hands of professional filmmakers. With the new capabilities offered by Yuneec’s FPV System, you’ll be able to create stunning 4K aerial videos with ease. Plus, RDM Drones is an approved, authorized Yuneec factory dealer, offering nationwide sales and drone repair and service. Contact us today for more information or buying options.

Yuneec Breeze a Good Option for Beginners

Photography was invented nearly 200 years ago. Aerial drone photography, however, is still a growing industry. Since it’s still a relatively new market, customers are usually left with two options: Professional photography drones or serious amateur photography drones. There is not much selection for beginners and casual hobbyists. The compact and decently priced ($500) Yuneec Breeze nicely fulfills this niche.

Yuneec Breeze a Good Option for Beginners

While certainly not for professional use, Yuneec has helped create a new option for newcomers. The Breeze is a fun drone to fly and provides good quality video particularly for small screens such as YouTube.

The Breeze comes with a respectable 4k-capable camera (30fps). However, the drone does not include a stabilizing gimbal making it harder to take steady videos. To help, Yuneec included features to help novice flyers such as pre-programmed auto flying options.

The Breeze is also lightweight weighing in it at around 13 ounces and can easily fit inside a backpack for simple transport. One downfall, however, is the drone’s battery is only strong enough to power 10 minutes of flight. It does come with a second battery though to double flight time.

Yuneec’s new Breeze drone is an excellent choice for beginners in aerial photography. Its features are not enough for professionals and serious amateurs, but a drone is a great option for newcomers looking to gain experience without breaking the bank. For more information regarding the Yuneec Breeze or to make a purchase, please click here. For questions or advice on which model will best fit your needs, please feel free to contact us anytime.

Drones With HD Cameras Seeing Increased Solar Industry Use

A lot of people think of drones as toys. But while drones with HD cameras are becoming more accessible to the general public, they’re also seeing increased use in the energy industry. Particularly in solar farms, where the use of drones with high-definition and infrared cameras have drastically cut down on both manpower and cost when it comes to making sure solar panels are properly maintained.

Drones With HD Cameras Seeing Increased Solar Industry Use

Just Look At Shizuoka

Shizuoka, Japan has several solar power plants in it, and these plants need to operate at maximum efficiency in order to provide for the citizens. One way the plants do that, according to Japan Today, is to use drones to check on irregularities in panels.

The way the process works is that a drone is equipped with an infrared camera, and it takes aerial pictures of panels to find hot spots and other problem areas. This whole process can be accomplished quickly and efficiently with a drone, which means human technicians don’t have to go from panel to panel, doing everything by hand. With drones providing nearly instantaneous feedback, problems can be located, assessed, and then fixed in a fraction of the time they would have before. More importantly, all of this can be done with minimal personnel involved, which represents an even bigger savings for solar plants.

When all is said and done, drones are one more tool in building the energy of the future. For more news and updates about the latest uses for drone technology, simply contact us today!

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How To Take Photographs Using A Drone

Before you take photographs with a drone, it is important to know how to fly the device. For a beginner, taking pictures is unmanageable, and windy days are especially difficult for pilots at any level of experience.

How To Take Photographs Using A Drone

When taking pictures with a drone, it is important to choose your subject carefully. Some photographs taken with drone devices resemble images taken at the ground level. An image’s uniqueness is an important factor when deciding to take a photograph with a drone. Videography is different in this respect because of the drone’s gliding movements in the sky.

Depending on your drone, you might have to buy expensive equipment to take quality photographs or record video. Drones also come with transmitters–to control the altitude and rotation of the aircraft–and monitors that provide a live feed. Gimbals provide stability to a camera, and they allow the pilot to move the camera according to a situation’s need.

To improve still image quality, it is important to fly a drone slowly or to hover. Because of the lack of a sturdy tripod, drones suffer from a lack of light. So, before sunrise, it might be necessary to set the ISO very high. DSLR or mirror-less cameras work better when set to automatic mode. That way they can focus on subjects in front of them during flight.

When drones have a low battery, their default option is to land, even if they are flying over a body of water. It is easy to get caught up in taking pictures, but a pilot should train himself to pay attention to the battery power meter. A good strategy to save battery power is to launch a drone from the place where you want to take pictures. This will avoid wasting time and battery searching for the perfect location. Doing most of the work from the ground will save you a lot of problems in the air. It is important to note that heavy cameras will deplete your drone’s battery power quicker. Weather condition affects battery performance. Cold temperature flights will consume more of your battery power, and in heavy winds, drones must work hard to hold their position in the sky.

Laws with respect to drones are constantly changing. It is important to use common sense and avoid areas where a crash can cause major damages. Drone technology can provide great angles and perspectives for your photography, but it is worth remembering that great pictures result from interesting subjects and good stories.

If you would like to learn more about this drone photography or taking aerial photos, please contact us.

Benefits of Lens Filters For Aerial Landscape Photography

Photographing landscapes from the sky is an exciting venture! An aerial shot can capture a view in a way it might never have been seen before. But landscape photography can come with its challenges. Here are some ways that you can turn those challenges into opportunities for breath-taking shots with lens filters for your drone:

Benefits of Lens Filters For Aerial Landscape Photography

Why a Lens Filter

You might be wondering why you simply cannot use an after-shot software program to add a filter effect instead of purchasing a lens filter. But the fact is that many photographers would argue that a computer program simply cannot replicate what a lens filter can do in real time. Lens filters also act as the protection to your camera lens; an added bonus to making your equipment last longer.

Landscape Shots

Capturing nature can be tricky. Landscapes exist outside of a studio or an area with controlled light and movements. This is where a lens filter becomes essential. Whether your perfect shot is a rushing river, dazzling night sky as the sun sets, or a mountain scene, having a lens filter can make all the difference.

UV Filters

The simplest filter you can obtain is a clear UV filter. They improve your clarity, reduce haze, and protect your lens from the elements.

Polarized Filter

This filter is go-to for most photographers. Pictures that might otherwise be dull due to a low color contrast can be transformed into brilliant shots by this lens’ capabilities. Reflection and glare decrease as contrast and saturation increase. When shooting landscapes with an expanse of sky, this lens can make the sky bluer and the colors of the surrounding land stand out.

Neutral Density (ND) Filter

An ND filter is extremely useful during the daytime. Light hits the filter and is reduced in its intensity. This, in turn, gives a longer exposure time, allowing the camera to decrease shutter speed. A perfect time to use this technique is when you’re shooting something that is moving, such as a waterfall.

Graduated Neutral Density (GND) Filter

This filter is all about balance. It is used in landscapes where a heavy contrast exists. The perfect example would be a sunset where the sky is brighter than the darkened horizon. Either a Hard-Edge GND filter or a Soft-Edge GND filter would work well in this situation. The former is used when the foreground has a straight edge on the horizon; the latter is used when the foreground isn’t flat and needs a softer transition into the skyline.

Color/Warming/Cooling Filters

These filters affect the white balance in a shot. They are used for either color correction or color subtraction. Colored filters are also stackable for different effects.

Landscape photographers have some of the best photo subjects in the world: the beauty around us! But as we have discussed, sometimes the conditions of nature need filtering in order to properly capture them. Lens filters for your aerial drone, such as the Freewill Filter 6-PACK for YUNEEC, can make a world of difference for your photography. Contact us for more information on lens options and what would work best with your drone!

6 Tips for Shooting a Cinematic Drone Video

Flying a drone is fun by itself. However, many enjoy the options of filming while they fly. It is not complicated to do. However, there are considerations when shooting footage with a drone. Whether it involves conditions and time of day, how to fly the drone or post processing of footage, planning increases the footage quality. Following six tips for cinematic drone video will increase the quality and enjoyment.

6 Tips for Shooting a Cinematic Drone Video

1) Shoot at Optimal Times of the Day

Many films during the late morning or afternoon hours. However, the sunrise and sunset lead to the better film. During the early mornings and later afternoons, shadows define the terrain and provide better shots. The fact many don’t use these times, make footage stand out as well.

2) Watch the Wind

Most drones fly well in windy conditions. Many handles winds upwards of 25-35 miles per hour. While flying for fun is possible, high winds cause distortions when filming. It is better to fly on days where the wind is below 20 miles per hour. If possible, a windless day is best. Also be aware that sharp gusts affect footage as well. Days with sharp bursts of wind aren’t ideal for filming with a drone.

3) Go Slow

This seems like common sense. However, people underestimate how fast they are flying. Fast accelerations and deceleration can ruin a good film. Practicing these moves before filming will save footage later on. While it takes the time to practice, it is worth the effort when this simple problem is no longer an issue.

4) Use Strafing

The term strafing means sideways movement. A lot of landscape shots get done with the drone flying forwards and backward. Using a strafing technique shows the view from a different perspective. Perfecting this technique allows filming of unique features of the land that forward and backward moving shots miss.

5) Shutter Speed Settings

When filming with a drone, it is better to have a low shutter speed. Many settings start at 500th of a second. This is fine for starting out and learning. Yet, this setting is not the best for making cinematic videos. A lower shutter speed, 100th to 250th or lower works better. Using this shutter speed provides a higher quality and more enjoyable footage.

6) Distortion Corrections in Post Processing

Before sharing footage, it is best to process and correct distortions. Issues tend to come up when using GoPro cameras. A good idea is shooting 4K while outputting 1080p. This helps preserve the images’ quality. Add the footage to a 1080 composition. Then add the effects Optics Compensation. A good idea is to check the Reverse Lens Distortion Box. Set the field of view between 70 and 80 when using a GoPro camera. When needing a wider shot, just check Optimize Pixels. Black bars need to be added to the top and bottom when using this option.

These are just a sample of tips to increase the quality while shooting footage with a drone. Remember, it takes time and practice to produce great film consistently. Contact us today for more information and tips about filming amazing footage with a drone.

Cinematic Views – DJI Drones and Video in Motion

Unmanned aerial vehicles(UAVs) are increasing in popularity and drones are finding all types of uses.  Recreationally and functionally, drones are useful for a number of reasons, and the ability to capture aerial photography and videography is at the top of the list.  DJI Drones are an industry leader in UAV production, and drones that specialize in aerial photography and videography.  DJI also specializes in drone parts and accessories.

Cinematic Views - DJI Drones and Video in Motion

Drones allow access to a wide array of views and film shots.  The cinematic elements that drones add to film projects are mesmerizing and are very cost-effective.  Drones replace expensive cranes and other bulky equipment and offer film projects a more fluid and expansive range of camera motion.  DJI Drones are fast and produce the best quality video while remaining agile in its movements.  The Inspire series from DJI offers the first filmmaking drones to have an HD video transmission system.  They are also equipped with a 4k camera and a 360-degree rotating gimbal.  This innovation in videography comes with an app control system that makes movements easy to control.  DJI also produces many other models of drones for consumer and professional use.

If you are considering a UAV for a film project, or want to experiment with aerial videography, DJI Drones are an excellent choice.  These drones offer speed, maneuverability, and high-quality video that will add depth to your films.  To learn more contact us


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