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Things You Should Know Before Buying a Drone

Things You Should Know Before Buying a Drone

Drones are becoming quite popular these days, especially if you’re a filmmaker or potential social media icon (which is pretty much everybody, if you ask me). We all want to make the most out of our creative projects, and drones allow you to get some of the most amazing shots ever – but that doesn’t mean you know everything. As a matter of fact, we’re going to talk about a few things you should know before you even consider buying a drone.

Drones are essentially little machines that can fly through the air with ease, capturing amazing footage in the process. It’s been used time and time again for various YouTube projects and has become one of the more common pieces of equipment being used for videography these days. They allow you to capture lush-looking landscapes as well as stuff you would never be able to see without a drone – that is unless you could fly around the sky with a heavy film-camera on your shoulder. It’s expected that well over a million drones will be sold this Christmas, and the number is going to grow exponentially as time progresses.

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Before you go about buying a drone, it helps to understand what the product itself can achieve – as well as how you’re supposed to be using it. Paying over a thousand dollars for a drone and then not understanding how to use it just seems sort of silly, right? Not only that, but there are certain rules that need to be followed when operating a drone. Certain places within the United States don’t permit the use of drones, and it could lead to a fine (or even worse, jail time). The drone debate is still slugging on, as people from opposite sides of the argument are constantly trying to dig up more evidence. Some say drones are good, and others say it is bad – I say it’s up for you to decide.

Not Every Drone is Easy to Fly

Drones, as a matter of fact, are quite hard to pilot. If you aren’t well-off and need to conserve your finances, buying a drone and crashing it to the ground on the first day isn’t exactly ideal. To make the most out of your purchased drone, you have to know how to fly it; which won’t always be easy. There are drones out there that feature flight controls, one that would mimic an RC racer of sorts; but there are others that can be much more complicated (or even worse, a lack of complication). Some drones allow you to pilot them through the use of your smartphone; all you’ve got to do is download a specific app and you’re good to go.

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That’s good for people that don’t want a massive controller to be used, but it also takes away from the precision of control that you can work with. Not only that, but when there’s no controller included, odds are it’s going to be one of the cheaper drone varieties you can find. Quadcopters are hard to fly, so imagine some of the more quirky and powerful drones that they’re releasing today! The Phantom 3, Inspire 1 and even Q500 4K would be the easiest drones you could fly today (in my opinion).

Not only are they not easy to fly, but not every single drone is going to come ready to fly. The RTF acronym stands for Ready-to-Fly, while BNF stands for Bind-and-Fly (with ARF for Almost-ready-to-Fly). ARF models call for a few components to be purchased on a personal level and are usually for connoisseurs. There are even waterproof drone options out there!

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There Are Tons of Vendors

If you don’t like the vendor prices you see at a specific place, never fear – there are plenty of vendors located all over the map that carry drones and drone-related products. Hobby King is a large chain of stores that sell plenty of drone parts, as well as many other accessories. Larger retailers can be found in both China and the United States, but that doesn’t mean other regions will be completely void when it comes to providers.

Investments May Be Necessary

If you’re an enthusiast, you may need to make a much bigger investment than you initially thought. Going about buying motors and transmitters is good fun, but it can get expensive (and fast!). Investments aren’t always a must, but when you start to develop a deeper passion for flying drones, it’s something that just comes around. Start off easy, and if you’re serious about your drone flying process, you can begin to invest more and more towards your projects. Not only will you be investing money, but time as well. Situations like purchasing a waterproof drone because you’re worried about splashing would be worth it!

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Last Updated on August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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