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Category Archives: Training

ATTI Mode is an Essential Skill – Here’s Why

I tell everyone they need to learn to fly in ATTI mode.  Here’s why! Most people have no interest in ATTI.  And who can blame them?  DJI has done a fantastic job of making drones that practically fly themselves. But that magical stability comes from one of two places. A solid GPS lock, or Vision […]

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Backyard Transformation Time-lapse

In 2016 I finished a year-long project to create a video showing a time-lapse of the seasons at Zabriskie Pond in Wyckoff.  That video led to discussions with my favorite client about creating a time-lapse of a major renovation that they were about to embark on. As this was a new proposition we agreed up front […]

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Maiden Flight of Solid Foundation’s Drone

Sunday, October 15th marked a milestone for the Solid Foundation drone with a successful maiden flight! A maiden flight of something that you built from scratch isn’t something many people get to experience, which is a shame because there really is no feeling like it. It doesn’t matter how many times you bench test it, […]

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How to Create Tilt-Shift / Miniature Worlds From Video

A few weeks ago I used the technique called the “rail cam” to take video of a moving train.  When I posted the video online a fellow enthusiast suggested it would make a great tilt-shift video. I agreed and, with just a short amount of time in Davinci Resolve, I had a nice tilt-shift video […]

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Solid Foundation Drone Building Class

Is drone building as cool as skateboarding?  Probably not!  But who says you can’t have both? Some time ago I was introduced by a client to a group skateboarders called Solid Foundation. This group provides a much-needed place for young people to hang out, skate, learn and support each other in a host of endeavors such […]

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Does disconnected really mean all signal is lost?

“Warning:  Disconnected!” Those are not the words you want to hear from your tablet while flying your expensive DJI equipment around.  But what does disconnected really mean? I had an experience today that was very educational. That is the polite way of saying I learned something very valuable just after I needed a change of […]

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Safely taking video at sporting events just got a whole lot easier with this simple trick

Safely taking video at sporting events is hard for many reasons: The subject is constantly in motion with no pre-determined path We must avoid flying over people We need to avoid obstacles such as trees and flood lights which can be very inconveniently placed If you are watching where you are flying then you really can’t keep […]

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NY/NJ is currently a No Fly Zone!

Flying a drone in the NY/NJ area between now and August 20th could land you in deep trouble. The USA has a 30 mile no fly zone that exists around The President at all times.  This has been in force for many years, but two factors are making this a much bigger problem today: The […]

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First test of a Hyperlapse video (with instructions)

Hyperlapse video is a technique in Time-lapse photography in which the position of the camera is changed between the shots. Those who have been following along will know that: (a)  I love learning new things and, (b) I have been playing around with time lapse recently, and a hyperlapse video just seemed the perfect next step. The first […]

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Don’t Panic!! How to bring your DJI drone home every time.

The first rule in bringing your drone back safely when things go wrong is “Don’t Panic!!” I sunk my first drone in a lake after losing sight of it, panicking and hit the Return to Home (RTH) switch…it didn’t! There are many possible reasons why RTH didn’t work.  But the biggest mistake I made when I […]

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