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How to Get Awesome Aerial Shots with A Drone

How to Get Awesome Aerial Shots with A Drone

Have you been considering getting a drone so you can do some cool aerial photography? This is something that a lot of people are getting into these days. There are so many great shots you can get with a drone that you would not be able to get otherwise. You can capture viewpoints that are completely unique, and get some pretty amazing shots. All you have to do is get yourself a drone, and you can start capturing those unique images right away.

Fly Straight Out of The Box

One of the great things about using a drone is that you can start using it immediately. Simply open the box, charge up the battery, download the proper app to your phone (such as Hover, RCFlyMaps, 3D Robotics Tower), and start flying and taking pictures. But, if you want to get the best shots, remember, there is going to be a bit more involved. You need to use common sense when flying a drone, and it is best to start out with limitations, such as a height limitation, until you get used to using a drone, camera, and app.

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Drone Photography Tips

Before you get right into drone photography, there are a few tips you should know about that will help you to capture the best shots. For instance, you should start in a wide open space at first, such as a field or a park, where you can get the feel of the drone and its controls without having to worry about getting in the way of anything. Once you get used to the controls, then you can start playing with the camera. Here are some more tips to help you get some amazing aerial photos.

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  • Get A Decent Drone – While there are loads of cheap quadcopters out there, it is a better idea to spend a bit more money and get a better quality drone. The cheaper models tend to not have much stabilization control, so you end up with shaky or blurred images and videos. Get a model that is sturdy and has a reliable gimbal (the support system that controls the camera). A hexacopter is a good choice, because it has six motors and propellers. Also, read useful drones review comparison on PC MAG to choose the right one for you.
  • Get Professional Training – If you are really interested in getting into drones and drone photography, you can get professional training from providers like UAVAIR, UAV Coach and Unmanned Vehicle University. Check these sites to learn more about training and certification.
  • Use The Right Camera – If you want clean, clear shots, use a DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex) camera. But, if you want a longer battery life, use a GoPro. A DSLR gives you about 10 minutes of time, while a GoPro gives you 25 minutes. Just remember that the images aren’t as high quality with the GoPro. Always be sure to carry extra batteries with you.
  • Consider Weather and Time of Day – Try shooting at various times of the day to see what the best lighting is going to be. Sunrise and sunset are good, because you get some awesome shadows and visible terrains. Avoid shooting in the wind and rain.
  • Follow All Rules – In most countries, there are rules and regulations regarding the use of drones and cameras. Common rules include drones always being in your line of sight, flying at a maximum height of 133 metres, never flying over gatherings of people, respecting the privacy of others, and not flying near airports and no-fly zones. Check drone safety rules for United States of America, Canada and United Kingdom.

Featured photo credit: Flyingbikie via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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