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October 7, 2020
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10 Easy Steps to Better Aerial Photos

01. HDR merge your AEB shots for more dynamic range If you’ve read my 10 drone photography tips, you already know how to take AEB photos (Automatic Exposure Bracketing). In short this will take 5 photos instead of just one. 2 will be underexposed to include more details in the highlights […]
September 28, 2020

Real Estate Drones Get Their Moment With Coronavirus Restrictions

Can’t tour your future dream home in-person due to local limitations on real estate showings — or because you just don’t want to travel to see a potential home? Real estate drones can help. 45% of homebuyers said they made a bid on a home without first seeing it in […]
September 22, 2020

Starting a Drone Service Business – Ten Steps to Success

There are few events in your professional life more rewarding than starting your own business. The ability to take an idea and grow it into a thriving entity is a dream many people share. Unlike some business endeavors that require large amounts of capital or extensive training, drones offer a […]
September 22, 2020
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High-Risk Operations: Embry-Riddle bridge-inspection challenges

Pilot Report To any person who has ever uttered the phrase, “Those who can’t do, teach,” I’d like to extend an invitation: spend a day on the flight line with Dr. Scott Burgess of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus Department of Flight. For myself, I’ve always had the utmost […]
September 10, 2020

Flying After Dark

As a professional drone pilot, conquering the hours of darkness means acquiring new knowledge, thinking seriously about safety and clearing bureaucratic hurdles—but it opens up a whole new world that only a few have begun to explore. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are 180,000 certified commercial drone […]
September 10, 2020

Eyes Over the World: Aerial Photo Secrets from Around the Globe

Editor’s Note: Getting an aerial perspective on your subject is terrific, but it doesn’t guarantee that the resulting photograph will be interesting or engaging. Drone photographer Dirk Dallas knows what it takes to capture an image that stops viewers in their tracks, and his new coffee-table compilation of drone photos, […]
September 4, 2020
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Teal Golden Eagle Drone Launches Publicly, Bringing Government-Approved Surveillance Drone To Masses

Teal, an American drone company that first caught the public’s attention with a CEO who was still in high school, has grown up — big time. The company’s CEO, George Matus, is now in his early 20s. And the company is maturing too with the launch of Teal Golden Eagle, […]
July 29, 2020

Drones For Conservation

When you hear the word “drones” the first thing that comes to mind is probably not conservation. But as the technology of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones continues to advance, they are proving useful in many facets of conservation work. At the forefront of this venture is The Nature […]
July 18, 2020

This Rugged Drone Passed A Level 5 Hurricane Test – And Can Withstand 155mph Winds

You typically shouldn’t fly drones in strong winds, unless you’re flying something like a Percepto drone. The Israel-based drone maker that makes what it calls an “autonomous drone-in-a-box” just became the first drone company to build a product that passes Level 5 hurricane testing. Their drone can fly at a […]
July 9, 2020
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Ride An EHang Passenger Drone Directly To Your Hotel

I’m typically an avid traveler, frequently taking my drones to spots around the world like Australia, Oman and even the Arctic Circle. This summer, I’m staying at home — but that doesn’t mean I’m not dreaming about travel every day. And since they’re just dreams — why not dream of […]
July 1, 2020
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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 […]
June 26, 2020

Skydio 2 Review: Yes, It’s A Freakishly Smart Drone

NOTE: The Skydio 2 is not yet available in Australia and no time frame has been given. Prices quoted below are in American Dollars. I’ve flown, and crashed, a lot of drones in my lifetime. Especially in the early days of drones, I sent a lot of drones into trees […]
June 23, 2020
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Drones Made In The USA: The American Drone Companies You Need To Know

There are a number of reasons to buy a product made in the USA — supporting your local economy, potentially better customer service (ie. you can coordinate with someone in your own time zone and shipping moves faster), a general ‘buy American‘ sentiment and more. But in the drone community, there’s […]
June 21, 2020
The XAG Drone JetSeed Module conducts direct seeding over a rice paddy.

This Rice Planting Drone Could Mitigate China’s Labor Shortage

Amidst fears that an ever-decreasing agricultural workforce could undermine future production and supply of food, a rice planting drone might save the day. XAG, a Chinese manufacturer of agricultural drones based in Guangzhou, Guangdong, just demonstrated a drone that can seed rice. The drone maker, formerly known as XAircraft, hosted […]
June 20, 2020
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Mavic Air 2 Review: It’s Everything You Expect – And That’s A Good Thing

Reviewing new drones can often be unexpected. The first time I flew the original Mavic Pro, I was delighted by how small it really was — and surprised to find myself wanting to carry it with me wherever I went. When I flew the Skydio with its obstacle avoidance for […]