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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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