Kevin’s “Drone-ography” FAQ 12Mar14

Kevin’s “Drone-ography” FAQ

Many people have asked me similar questions about getting into aerial imaging.  I’ll update this list every time I get asked the same question more than ten times, so bring it on!  It’s a great hobby.  I hope it one day becomes a great profession.  But it’s confusing, tough to get started, and generally overwhelming.  None of my answers are “perfect” so let me know if you have something to add/improve. How should I get started? Easy: join the DC Drone User Group (or another DUGN if you live elsewhere).  Start going to all the events and [politely] asking lots of questions. I’m just a beginner but I want...

My Drones in Wash Post 21Aug13

My Drones in Wash Post

I’ve been working a lot on learning about remote-controlled aircraft for cinematography.  The thing is “remote controlled aircraft” is a quaint way of saying something more recently referred to as a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or Drone.  This matters, because the drones...

WoMP: Zooms 13Nov12

WoMP: Zooms

We got a lot of requests in the comments to talk about lenses, so here’s our first forray into that realm.  What kind of stuff do we look at when it comes to lenses?  And how do the manufacturer brands (Nikon & Canon) stack up against the cheaper 3rd party lenses? Clarity &...

WoMP: Flash/Strobes 01Nov12

WoMP: Flash/Strobes

For the record, I use the term “flash” and “strobe” interchangeably. Shutter, Meet Light: The continuous light portion of this is Photography 101.  As your shutter slows, it allows more light in over a longer period of time.  That makes your image brighter, and...

WoMP: iPhone 5 05Oct12

WoMP: iPhone 5

Doin’ It With The Lights Out: While the Nikon D3s isn’t the shiniest/newest camera off the line, it still has class-leading ISO performance.  That’s about as good as it gets.  The iPhone dragged it’s shutter to a half-second in order to get an exposure.  That’s...

The F%^&ing Nikon D800 vs. Canon 5D mkIII Shootout Part II 18May12

The F%^&ing Nikon D800 vs. Canon 5D ...

This is part 2 of my previous test. It is even more idiotic, but I find the results very interesting, particularly for stills shooters. Pedantic analysis below. Test 7: Got Bits? This is my favorite test. I might have to come up with a normalized (repeatable) version of this. Because I think...

The F%^&ing Nikon D800 vs. Canon 5D mkIII Shootout 04Apr12

The F%^&ing Nikon D800 vs. Canon 5D ...

This was by no means a comprehensive test, but I did try to make it as (i) real-world relevant as possible, (ii) accurate, (iii) idiotic. For my rambling analysis of the tests, read on.  It’s pretty boring though.  You’ll probably learn more and be more entertained just watching...

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