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    we did a similar man overboard drill where the FLIR drone launched to find two men overboard, communicated the location to the ship that autonomously launched and a rescue drone. The exercise was to demonstrate how autonomous systems work together. The actual mission starts about 30 seconds into this video.
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    This one was interesting because normally I don't get hired for $200K houses. In this case, the property is located in Albin, Wyoming which is a very small town on the Nebraska border. It's about 45 minutes from Cheyenne so the agent figures that this would be the best way to get prospective buyers to see the beauty of the place without doing a lot of showings for the "just looking" crowd. I think his reasoning is spot on.
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    We scanned this ship at sea and this is the resulting 3D as-build model.
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    @JBR LIFE Photography my follow up question would be, since you charge by square footage, how many photos does that usually entail? This is all great information that I am excited to use in my business. I am building Keen Drone Imagery to become the go to drone experts for commercial, real estate, and industrial services in the North Rockies (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming). I been flying for almost a year and are expanding my skills in videography, mapping, and other aerial tech. If anyone has any links or resources they think I should know, please share!
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    Here's one I wrapped for delivery today, and I'm pretty pleased with it so far. All shot on A7Riii in custom S-log2, worked in FCPX, custom LUT, etc. Some of the slow-mo scenes required 1080p since I needed the extra frames. The biggest challenge to this project was the dark style of the interior. This is a Bali-influenced home, with deep orange wood tones, earth colored walls, and dark trim work around the doors & windows. Add to the mix immediate shade from the jungle and a bright sunny ocean view just past that, and you have a crazy contrast situation that requires a LOT of consideration of post-process to set up the scenes properly. Lighting was definitely used here, but in moderation, so as to not blow out natural shadows and such. After a lot of color work, and heaping helpings of Neat Video, I think the overall result is solid. But y'all have more eyes together than I have alone, so feel free to critique it all you like. I've nothing to lose by improving!
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    Here's my latest. The Mavic 2 Pro continues to be my workhorse and was responsible for all the exterior shots in the video. For the interiors, I'm still getting used to working with a new camera (A7iii) and shooting/grading in slog2. There weren't any noteworthy views, so I opted to let the windows blow out.
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    Hello everyone, I hope everyone had a great weekend and had the opportunity to get out and fly. As fall is quickly approaching, I wanted to share a picture I captured a while back. The image location is Alderman Lake in Highland, Michigan. It is a part of the Highland Recreation Area which was formerly owned by Edsel & Eleanor Ford. The lake is located just down the road from Haven Hill which is where the Fords built their retreat in the rolling hills to get away from the city and stress of building an automotive empire. The lake is one of many owned by Highland Recreation area and even today it still feels like an escape from everyday life. This picture shows the transition from Spring to Summer, I will probably go back to get some pictures of the trees changing colors. I encourage everyone in the forum to share a drone picture, looking forward to seeing the work of others in this community! Best, - Chase
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    @JBR LIFE Photography, thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it! This was a really cool building to take pictures of. I had a giant tree and power lines directly behind the drone which made it a difficult shot to take. Best, - Chase
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    Hello! Thank you, I am happy you liked my images. The images are not super-processed but sure are post-edited, also because are always captured in RAW mode. Frankly, I don't like the images that are super filtered, also because I also sell them on some photographic agencies and they ask to avoid as much as possible the strong post production. I have used aperture for years, but now it i too old and it is no longer maintained as Apple dismissed this program so I have moved to Exposure (it is almost identical to aperture) and Affinity, a very good low price and high quality software that can be saw as a photoshop alternative, but more oriented to digital photography.
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    Coming soon... Here's a frame grab from a home I just recently shot. The video is still being worked on, but I wanted to share a before/after color grade. A7riii 4k S-log2 (-7 contrast), using a pair of Dracast 1000LED bi-color square panels. I didn't want to make weird lighting, so I made sure to not crank the lights to full power, only enough to help lighten the forward wall. This video is being worked in FCPX. Before
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    This is lovely! I especially appreciate the contrast between straight & curved lines. Well done!
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    I started my own drone business two years ago while in college. All of the information I learned through organizations like UAV coach helped me get my Part 107 and make a successful business that got me through college (I just graduated in April). I now am working on taking my business to a new level and am customizing a drone platform to fit one of our biggest client's needs. The opportunity to see all the vendors and hear where the industry is moving at the Commercial UAV Expo would be a huge help in learning what is possible and how we can use the technology available. The blessing would be two fold since our budget wouldn't allow us to attend otherwise. Ps. Thanks for the newsletters. They are extremely helpful. Best, Derek Phelps
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    Color looks better in this video. Started to go a little towards red later in the day but that’s normal. The dynamic range is impressive. Higher contrast in log generally looks better but it also pumps up the chroma. You can shoot “flat” which will help keep truer colors but requires more color correction in post. It’s not like your footage doesn’t look great as is, but if you wanted to spend a bit more time color grading you can get much richer and truer colors plus the added benifit is the image will get sharper by adding contrast in post. More a bit like the conversation we had when we started this thread regarding flying a GH4 or Sony, the better tools you use the more you can push the image to make it look the way you want it to look and not the way drone/camera manufacturer intended. Color and contrast can become as creative a tool as shallow depth of field because over distance they falloff in a similar way as DOF. That’s why the aerial footage that might have looked, and to most people who fly DJI’s, looked great to you a year ago looks 2D/flat compared the the rest of the footage. Your shots are becoming more 3D which makes the property look more interesting. That green tint in your footage is the reflection of my envy. Keep up the great work.
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    There are now many powerful, lower cost LiDAR sensors available. The issue is putting them to use. It is no easy matter to effectively mount a sensor to a drone and sync it with an INS or IMU to get any kind of usable output. There are other issues as well such as number of returns, FOV and signal strength to consider. The good news is the good sensors are coming way down in price and that will benefit the drone mapping community eventually. What we need now is for the price of survey grade IMU's and INS components like the applanix to come down in cost.
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    I removed the riffraff, happens from time to time. Thanks for flagging!
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    I have a Mavic Pro (First Gen) with some ND Filters. and SkyDio. I find the Mavic more useful and will upgrade to the zoom version down the road. The rest were GoPro 5 and 7 (Black) footage with some iPhone X mixed in. Don’t have a crazy setup just lots of toys. 😉 My wife calls herself a GoPro widow when we go on vacation but really enjoys the end results when done so she puts up with me. Everything was edited in Final Cut Pro. No one gave me any grief in Kauai or any place I have flown. If anything, the few people around were really curious on what I could see. I was also respectful of people around. If there were lots of people around I would not fly or would wait for people to leave. I could see why some surfers (and people) get pissed though. I saw one guy flying quite close to the surfers and restaurant growers when I was having dinner at the Beach House. I didn’t say anything though because I thought he was with the surfers.
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    @Nick Thoman, there are some great shots. What camera and drone did you use? Did anyone give you grief for flying on Kaui?
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    On September 4th, the Nanning City Water Search and Rescue Center did a 2019 water emergency new equipment demonstration and drill, used drones to locate the position of the "drowning victims", then the rescue team implemented the rescue process. The drill simulated a collision between two ships, causing four people to fall into the water and a ship to sink. The water search and rescue center duty room immediately started the emergency action after receiving the alarm, and coordinated the rescue personnel in the search and rescue base, to carry new equipment for the rescue. The rescue team controlled the firefighting drone to quickly locate the rescue target on the water surface. The water rescue robot dragged the drowning victims back to the shore, rescued the three drowning victims with the help of the multi-function life-saving rod. After that, the rescue team continued to use the sweeping sonar and underwater robots to conduct underwater searches for wrecks and a missing person. It is reported that the equipment used in the drill is the most advanced water search and rescue equipment in Nanning, including the Thyea Z40 HD zoom camera developed by MMC, which can let you see a clear face of a person in nearly 1 km, and Thyea T2 thermal imaging camera which can fast and efficiently locate the target. Besides water rescue, the MMC UAV has been used in the primeval forest for emergency rescue. A total of 2 sea patrol ships, 3 rubber boats, and 2 MMC X85 drones were dispatched for this drill,this is the drone used to search and rescue.The drilling procedure is divided into 4 subjects: information collection at site, water rescue for drowning victims, the underwater search for underwater victims and underwater salvage. Each subject of the drill is carried out in an orderly manner. The participants used drones to monitor, and sweeping sonar, the new water rescue equipment such as underwater robots, successfully completed the rescue drill. It not only demonstrated the style of the new equipment but also fully tested the familiarity of the personnel’s search and rescue capabilities by using these equipment.
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    Hi @Butch, Getting your Part 107 is a great start to entering the drone industry. If you would like to learn more about the certification process, feel free to check out our 'Drone Certification Guide'. I actually graduated from Embry-Riddle back in June and would highly recommend any of their programs. They were one of the first to create an Unmanned Aerial Systems degree. Feel free to ask me any questions. As for photography courses, I taught myself how to edit in Lightroom by watching youtube videos. I did have prior experience with Photoshop which made it easier to understand Lightroom. The best thing to do is watch the videos and work along side the video with your own photo. You will only get better as you continue to edit photos. I hope this helps! Best, - Chase
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    Thank you.. ive not had much chance to play with it.. but the 2 flights I've had were really fun.. I'm looking forward to a few days off next week to really have a good go..
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    Aloha UAV community, I just returned from a trip to Europe, where we rambled through a few countries, ending in the Swiss alps. Switzerland, as it turns out, is super drone friendly, and has a well developed, easy to understand set of rules for UAV operation. To satisfy the insurance part of their rules ($1M CHF liability for all operators, hobbyist or commercial), I found that my PPA coverage is global...so that's awesome! The trip itself was a whirlwind, and I was able to snag only one flight in this town, during fading light, so I made the most of it and had a go. Here are a couple of my favs from the set, shot on a Mavic 2 Zoom. Enjoy, and Mahalo for viewing!
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    What!? You live in paradise and you went on vacation! Have I reminded you lately how much I $/&e you... looks like a great trip. I tried to get my to take a cruise to Hawaii (not that you would have been there) but we ended up going to Alaska.
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    I love these pictures the landscapes are beautiful! VPN Sai Mannat AnyDesk
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    The FAA does not control the airspace inside a building. You can fly inside all you want.
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    Thanks Chase. I'll be as active here as I can. Kind regards.
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    Strictly a hobby for me. I've had 'toy' drones before but this one is amazing.
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    Hi everyone, I've created about 900 tracks of music and sound effects that you can freely use in your videos. It's all original...all my own work. All I ask is to be attributed in the video as described on my homepage: http://soundimage.org/ I'm a big fan of drone videos so it's always a treat for me to hear my music in them. Please feel free to share links if you happen to use some of my tracks...I sincerely hope they are helpful! All the best, Eric
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    Mark, My point about the public forum was simply this summary. 1. You ask for advice; Is is okay to test an alcoholic beverage, but not ingest it and thus not raise your blood alcohol level. 2. The FAA basically tells you that even if you are not legally under the influence (by blood volume, not anecdotally) it still may look bad and may lead to more trouble than it's worth. 3. You state that basically you agree with the FAA's statement and you would look more professional if you don't mix the tasting with the flying. I'm just noting that you could have easily skipped the whole thread and went right to #3, that's it. I think it's a good choice! But that doesn't change the fact that if you do not operate with a blood alcohol level above or near the legal limit, you are not operating impaired. That does not mean you cannot be harassed or charged with reckless operation if in fact you are subsequently operating recklessly. I hope you can understand the distinction. Safe Flying!
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    Perhaps one of the best YouTube videos I've seen about battery care for a drone suggested treating your batteries as if it were a puppy. You wouldn't leave a puppy in a hot car or in a freezing car over night. Likewise you drone battery. You wouldn't feed a puppy a huge meal then put it in a crate for an extended period of time. Likewise don't store a battery fully charged. You wouldn't exercise a puppy really hard and then wrap it in a blanket and put it in a crate. Don't run your batteries hard and then not give it time to cool down before storing it. You wouldn't run a puppy unit it drops from exhaustion. Don't fully discharge a battery. You wouldn't want to drop a puppy, it's still a delicate creature and easily injured. Be careful when handling your batteries and don't drop them. Whatever you are doing with your battery, ask yourself, if this was a puppy, would I treat it like this? If the answer is no, then don't do it to your battery. As for me, I have a litter of 13 batteries, the first 5 didn't do so well because I didn't take care of them well. An expensive lesson for a Phantom 4 Pro battery. The other 8 are treated like puppies and they go out to play frequently and are all very healthy. Hopefully they will live a long life with proper care.
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    Hi, I’m not from the USA (Russia), I have been flying drones for more than 3 years, ell me how much the pilot earns from you ? Do you use DJI agros drones? Have you seen the new T16 model? link my videos.
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    Looked like a great place to swim. Naked 👙
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    Most interesting, thanks for sharing. Something that will be revealing (if you choose to do it) is if you offer the same survey again, with the same questions, next year. Doing so will enable you to compare those results to the 2019 survey. The reason I think sequential surveys will be revealing is the answer distribution over the various questions viewed over time will show which way the needle is moving. In my experience with surveys this is more interesting and reliable that what the distribution is from any single survey. Hope you do it again, I'm happy to participate again if you do. Great work!
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    It’s been three years since the FAA’s Part 107 regulations went into effect. In our 2019 drone industry survey, we sought out to understand how the U.S. drone industry is doing — are pilots making money? What industries are they in? How often are they flying? We received 1,389 responses, and over the last couple of months have been pouring through the data. In this summary report, you’ll see data from the professional drone pilot community on: How much money drone pilots are making Industries where drone pilots are finding work The breakdown of pilots flying for themselves vs. for an organization What percentage of drone pilots are renewing their Part 107 certificate And more Read the published survey results here. Have some thoughts about the survey that you’d like to share? Leave a comment below.
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    Thank you Chase, I will explore the various topics of the forum. Cheers, Enrico
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    Hi @EnricoMiglino, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! You are correct, the Mavic 2 Pro is a great drone for various applications. If you are interested in photography/videography, feel free to checkout our Aerial Photography and Filmmaking / Cinematography threads. Let us know if you have any questions! Best, - Chase
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    Hi @Dmitry Efremov I've embedded the video above for easier viewing. Thanks for sharing!
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    This home was quite a challenge to shoot, for a few reasons. It's an older home in an upscale neighborhood, tucked into a mostly obscured lot. Aside from the backyard bliss, this home has an amazing ocean & outer island view. From this house, you can see the west Maui mountains, Lana'i, and Kaho'olawe from every south facing room in the upper level. Not too shabby! BUT (there's always a 'but')...the interior is quite dated, the kitchen needs at least some new appliances, and there aren't really any fancy bits to truly showcase with macro shots and whatnot. Post production brought its own challenges, especially reigning in the view from inside the house. Praise be to the brilliantaires who invented 14-stop DR video cameras, adjustable video lights, and crazy complicated editing programs that maximize the data!! Enjoy and Mahalo for viewing
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    I am a new drone hobbyists in Aransas Pass Texas looking to hone my piloting skills and maybe one day run my own business, and become professional drone pilot. Droning is amazing! What a new view on life and our surroundings!
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    And for a bonus, a couple ground shots I enjoyed from an evening stroll with the Mrs.
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    Hi guys! Thanks for the replies. Thanks for the tip on airmap. Im heading first to BigIsland. I hope to get some shots from the vulcanic moon landscape and also hope to get some coastal images. If you have any tips on locations for flying please let me know. Never been to Hawaii before. Looks amazing. I also thought about visiting Kauai if time is left. I also want to find jungle, coastal cliffs formations, caves so are open for any suggestion if you can recomend something. Again , thanks for the replies earlier. Also what would a outdoor cloathing be like , shorts, t-shirt , hiker boots and raincoat ? cheers J
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    Aloha Johan, My friends and I have been flying drones on the Hawaiian Islands for a few years now. The Islands offer incredible opportunities to capture those moments your looking for. There are many places you can fly UAV's that can be right on the giving tourist paths or you can challenge yourself and take the roads less traveled, either way you'll bag those moments few ever get the chance to behold. The No-Fly zones on many apps here can be somewhat misleading when your not physically located at your desired launch point so give your self some latitude when your planning on a set location. This is the winter months for the Islands and can be at times temperamental as far as extreme winds and drenching rains, so when were figuring a drone shot in our plans we map out different locations around the islands the may not be affected by the same weather conditions. Up and Over!
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    Chuck, I fear you missed the point of my post. You see the video was only one part of the overall marketing piece. The rest of the marketing included interior and exterior still photos along with full MLS details of the proeprty. The video was meant simply to augment all the parts that you felt were missing. Sorry that I did not explain that the video was only a portion. I was attempting to reply with only point-of-interest and reveal footage to the question originally posed. Regards, Jay https://jayburnham.photodseck.com
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    One thing I learned a long time ago, so it’s a bit “old school,” is that you always need to payoff an establishing shot. If you don’t you just frustrate the audience. I’m not sure what this video is selling, I assume it’s the larger home in the middle. If so, I want to see the inside of the home, what amenities does it offer, what views does it have from inside the house? I’d like to get a sense of what it might be like to live there. This video certianly did a great job of establishing its location but it didn’t pay it off. Realtors will often say that’s ok because they’ll pay it off in person, the video is just to get potential buyers to come to the home. But, there’s not enough “meat” in the video to get someone to travel to the location and anyone interested from within the area already knows how spectacular the area is. There’s no right or wrong answer here, I very much enjoyed the aerial in this video, but I wanted to get more of a sense of the property.
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    One of the best uses of drone photo/video of residential properties for sale is the use of Point-of-Interest and Reveal videos which highlight the houses AND the surrounding area of land. There are many more, of course. Here is an example of what I mean: Regards, Jay Burnham North Shore Drone Services
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    In short, it would generally be illegal to shoot down someones uav. The FAA considers them aircraft and willfully damaging them is forbidden and punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 2 › § 32 That said, if you remember, William Merideth got away with it in Kentucky. Even in states or municipalities that have enacted more stringent uas legislation, taking the law into ones own hands and shooting down a uas that was not threatening your safety would be seen as a crime (in most states). Here is a short article that addresses the subject. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/theres-a-drone-flying-over-my-house-can-i-shoot-125546065994.html