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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 June 19, 2019

How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

Just by simply spending some effort and time, staying positive every day can be easily achieved. All that is required is a fraction of your time, 10-15 minutes a day to cultivate the positive you!

But first, what is really positive thinking? Do you have to be in an upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic mood all day to be positive minded?

No. Positive thinking simply means the absence of negative thoughts and emotions – in other words, inner peace!

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When you are truly at peace within yourself, you are naturally thinking positively. You don’t have to fight off negative thoughts, or search desperately for more positive thoughts. It just happens on its own. And here are 2 positive thinking meditation tips to empower you:

1. Relax as You Meditate

A powerful, simple yet rarely used technique is meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to take the form of static body posture. It can be as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music. Or performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.

Meditation is all about letting go of stressful or worrisome thoughts. That’s it! If you spend just a few minutes per day feeling relaxed and peaceful, you automatically shift your mind into a more positive place. When you FEEL more relaxed, you naturally THINK more positively!

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Start with a short period of time, like 5 or 10 minutes a day. You can meditate first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, right before you go to bed at night, or any time. The most important thing is to consciously let go of unproductive thoughts and feelings. Just let them go for those few minutes, and you may decide not to pick them back up again at all!

2. Practice Daily Affirmations

Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life.

What are affirmations? Affirmations are statements that are used in a positive present tense language. For example, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better, better and better” is a popular affirmation used by the late Norman Vincent Peale.

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So how does one go about using positive affirmations in everyday life? Let’s look at some guidelines to follow when reciting your daily affirmations.

  1. Use first person pronouns in your message (I)
  2. Use present tense (I have)
  3. Use positive messages (I am happy)
  4. Repeat your affirmations on a consistent basis

Affirmations have to be said with conviction and consistency. Start your day by saying your affirmations out loud. It wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to repeat your affirmations; yet when done consistently, these positive affirmations will seep into the subconscious mind to cultivate the new positive you.

Here’s an example of a “success affirmation” you can use on a daily basis:

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I am successful in everything I do. Every venture I get into returns wealth to me. I am constantly productive. I always perform to the full potential I have and have respect for my abilities.
My work is always given positive recognition. I augment my income constantly. I always have adequate money for everything I require. I spend my money prudently always. My work is always rewarded.

You can find more examples here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life

Remember, affirmations work on the basis of conviction and consistency. Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to see this through.

Begin practicing these positive thinking tips right now. And I wish you continued empowerment and growth on your positive thinking journey.

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