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Must Have Apps for the DJI Phantom Drone

There are many applications that extend the uses for your drone. The DJI Go app is okay, but it leaves much to be desired. These apps help your drone reach its full potential (also be sure to check out the Must Have Drone Accessories): Quick note before we get started: While all of these apps below are great, the quality of your drone footage...

Color Correcting / Grading Drone Footage

There is no doubt drone footage is great, but colors always seem bland. The raw video is usually low in contrast, low in saturation, and too high/low exposure. How do you fix this? By using a video editor to color correct/grade. These two terms are often misused. Color correcting is fixing the colors to how they really should appear. Color grading...

Time Lapse Videos

Time lapses are great. Who wants to watch an hour long video when you can fit that same video into a minute film? Add in a few effects and music, and you have a serious mini-film: This half hour drive wasn’t all that exciting. But sped up 30x? It’s a blast to watch. Using the app FrameLapse, I was able to record this video on my phone...

Photogrammetry: 10 Tips and Tricks

Photogrammetry has endless potential. But, it takes practice and a few pieces of advice to get high quality models. Here are 10 tips to making awesome 3D models of everything around you: 1. Don’t take pictures of shiny/reflective objects. It will only screw up the points the software identifies. 2. Take pictures of evenly lit...

Photogrammetry: Make 3D from 2D

Photogrammetry is a fancy term to describe taking 2D images taken from a camera (even a camera phone as I have used) and turning them into a 3D object. How is this possible? The complicated algorithm used in photgrammetry software find points in each 2D image and is able to map it out in 3D space by comparing it to the other images taken. There...

Drones: The Future

Droning….. One of the best hobbies out there for us tech-minded people. Do you like flying? Photography? Photogrammetry? Making a profit from a hobby? Just seeing some beautiful scenery right in your backyard?  If your answer is yes, droning is your next hobby. With a little color correction/grading, it can create some truly amazing...