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    Hazy days...they can be a real challenge sometimes, especially when it comes to showing the view out the windows. Even with the Sony a7r3's 14-stop dynamic range, this production took a good bit of work in post to squeeze the data as much as possible. I used a pair of Dracast LED lights to help out, and I think overall it was a good call, otherwise there would be a lot of contrast and noise. I could've used MORE lighting, but then I'd be dealing with harsh, unwanted shadows. I've been enjoying the challenge of using lighting and retaining a natural feel, or at least that's what I think I'm doing at the time. You can see for yourself and decide
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    Hi @Sam Tran, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! The quick answer is yes, the airspace you were trying to fly in is restricted. Looking at AirMap, usually restricted ares of airspace will be displayed in blue. However, when I look at the actual sectional chart for that area, it appears that there is more restricted airspace than what is being shown on AirMap. I am going to attach a sectional chart of that area that I have drawn on to help explain restricted airspace. I used VFRmaps.com and searched the airport code (VPS), to pull up the sectional chart. If you have never seen a sectional chart before, they can be a bit overwhelming, but I will explain the restricted areas. Looking at the image you will see a number like R-2915A (circled in red) Anytime you see the letter R with a following number it is there to depict that the area is restricted airspace. If you look at the sectional chart, you will see what almost looks a blue fence, I have highlighted it in green. These blue lines or “fences” are used to to show where the restricted airspace starts. The area you wanted to fly in (which I marked with a black X) is within the restricted area of the surrounding airspace. That area is also within Class D controlled airspace, with an altitude operating limit of 0 AGL because of its close proximity to the airport. DJI drones are equipped with a software known as DJI GeoFencing. Sections of airspace that are really close to an airport or that are within restricted airspace are automatically locked. This means the drone will not take off without a DJI Unlock Code. You were close to an airport and in restricted airspace, which is why the drone would not take off. Regarding your second flying location, I reviewed the location it looks like it is all clear for flight. I do not see any restrictions, just make sure you understand any drone laws in Hawaii before operating there. You can check out our Drone Law Hawaii page here. Due to the close proximity of the Honolulu Airport and frequent tourist helicopter flights, I would advice that you remain extra vigilant when operating your drone in that area. I hope this helps answer your question! - Chase
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    0:12 — You misspelled "introducing"! 1:21 — you take a shower while you're there? (just kidding, I like the effect though) And I love the last few shots showcasing the hiking, surfing, etc. options around the property. Such great storytelling!
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    Here's an image from a recent shoot in Captiva using my Mavic 2 Pro.
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    Hi @Dmitry Efremov, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! I am sure you have some great filming opportunities in Latvia. If you would like, you can share any photos or videos you have over in our Aerial Photography and Filmmaking/Cinematography threads. Best, - Chase
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    Morning all! It's been a minute so here's a recent project. I'm still super happy with the Mavic 2 Pro's video quality, stability, reliability, and all the -ilities. Nothing too special about this video in terms of how I used the drone.
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    Thinking business, thank your for the links.
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    Hi! I am brand new to drone flying. I travel a LOT and would like to get recreational shots for my travels. I do international travel mostly in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. I am extremely confused on what app to use in order to view where I can/cannot fly and have a few questions below. I was just in Europe and had Airmaps downloaded, when I checked it I basically could not fly anywhere because it seemed the whole areas of Germany, Austria, and Czech Republic that i was in were almost all restricted. I could be reading the app incorrectly? I have also looked at the DJI Geo Map which shows a lot more availability but I wasn't sure if that really covers everything. For example, it shows that you can fly near brussels airport, which I thought requires a 5 mi radius of no-flying without contacting the airport. In short I would like to get your opinion on... What app do you use to read these restrictions easily? If Airmaps, how do I know which areas are restricted vs suggested to be on alert. Are there any other resources I should consider in this that I am not? If you are trying to fly in a restricted area, does the activation of your drone somehow alert authorities or is it simply a matter of them seeing it physically with their eye? What defines a 'crowd of people'..is it 3 people, 15, 50+? In short I would love to be able to travel and easily see where I am able to fly in a clear simple manner. If you can share any ideas here that would be awesome! Thanks! - Newbie
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    Beautiful images - as are all of yours! Thanks for sharing your approval process. I had a recent positive experience myself where a particular location was in Class D airspace with "automatic authorization coming soon" as noted on AirMap. I applied for authorization on DroneZone and rather than waiting 90 days... I received authorization within 48 hours and they even expanded my request parameters a bit. What a great feeling! Anyways, thanks again for sharing your awesome work and experiences!
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    Hi, I find these pictures really beautiful I hope you will share other. ShowBox Tutuapp Mobdro
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    What he says.. I don’t own a P4 so this is second hand news, nor do I think it really matters. I’ve heard the camera on the P4 described as a mechanical shutter and a global shutter which are not necessarily the same. Many of the applications you can overcome rolling shutter in part by cranking the shutter speed. However the rule of thumb for professional results is shutter should be twice the frame rate. None of these drones are going to provide you with a professional system as compared to the higher end professional cameras like the ARRI Alexa Mini. That doesn’t stop lots of people from using them in a professional application and the endless comparisons. Just keep in mind that there are people who argue a GoPro is good enough in the hands of a professional. It really depends on how your going to use it. I don’t think you can beat the I2 with the X7. If you don’t get hung up in needing ProRes Raw license and additional drives etc, then the price isn’t that bad. At least not compared to an ARRI.
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    Hi @Andrew 124C41, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! @JBR LIFE Photography did a good job explaining many of the great features on the Mavic 2 Pro. The Mavic 2 Pro is a great drone and is a very popular drone because of all the features it packs in such a small drone. I personally own a Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian and it has been a great drone. I prefer the Phantom drones and I think it has more to do with how cool the Phantom drones look. I think its larger size also holds up to stronger winds better, based on what I have seen. This is just my opinion, but you really cannot go wrong with either of them. The Inspire 2 is an incredible drone, but like you said it is very expensive. If you are trying to get the best bang for your buck, I would choose either the Mavic 2 Pro or the Phantom 4 Pro. A big difference between the Mavic and the Phantom is the shutter mechanism and the FPS (Frames Per Second). The Mavic uses a rolling electronic shutter, whereas the Phantom uses a mechanical shutter. The rolling electronic shutter will not provide crisp and clear images while in motion like the Phantom will. The mechanical shutter on the Phantom is much better in terms of clarity while taking images in motion. This may not be a concern for you if you are more interested in cinematography compared to photography. I just wanted to make sure I noted this difference. The FPS is something you would be more interested in if you are working on cinematography projects. The Mavic can only shoot 4K at 30 FPS, the Phantom can shoot 4K at 30 FPS and 60 FPS. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, I hope this information will make your decision easier. We also have a Drone Buying Guide if you would like to check that out: https://uavcoach.com/drone-with-camera/ Best, - Chase
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    As a retired law enforcement officer (California) I can tell you your drone footage would not be admissible evidence and it is certainly not a good idea to appear as you are spying on your neighbors. No, you most likely would not get thrown in jail, but you should let the police handle the situation by telling them you could see the possible stolen item from plain site and let them investigate further.
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    @Mike CoddingtonI just found out about this new challenge that you might find interesting. https://www.cnydrones.org