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The Photographer's Guide to Drones

Colin Smith

The Photographer's Guide to Drones

SKU: 1069

252 pages | Soft Cover, 10 x 8 in.

ISBN: 9781681981147

November 2016

Print and eBook Bundle: $49.99
Print Book: $39.95
eBook: $31.99

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  • Description

    Product Description

    Consumer drones and quadcopters have become the hottest new gear in photography, whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur shooter. These “flying tripods” have given photographers the ability to place their cameras virtually anywhere they want, creating still images and video footage that were previously impossible to capture. Many photographers have a drone or quadcopter right at the top of their “I want” list. And many others have already purchased a drone a bit ahead of the curve.

    No matter what model one may own—DJI, 3DR, Yuneec, GoPro—all of these photographers need to learn how to put this new gear to good use in their aerial photography. They need to learn how to safely operate and fly a drone, how to create compelling photos and video, and how to make their work stand out from the crowd in this exciting new field.

    The Photographer’s Guide to Drones explains everything photographers need to know about drones and quadcopters in order to take their photography to new levels…literally.

    Photographer and author Colin Smith guides the reader along, as he teaches:

    • How to fly a drone, including practice flight patterns and controller tips that will help readers master the basics

    • New rules of composition for aerial photography as they apply to drone and quadcopter imagery

    • How to create the best files for both still photos and video

    • Post-processing techniques unique to aerial photography that readers need to know, such as how to make videos look both dynamic and smooth

    The book also features award-winning and beautiful aerial photography. Plus, at the beginning of each of the book’s eight chapters, beautiful three-page fold-out images inspire readers on their journey to creating images that truly stand above the crowd.

  • Table of Contents
    • Chapter 1
    • Safety and Regulations
    • Safety
    • Regulations
    • Conclusion
    • Chapter 2
    • Drones and Gear
    • Different Platforms
    • Filters
    • First Person View (FPV)
    • Batteries
    • Chapter 3
    • Flight School
    • Pre-Flight Check
    • FPV App
    • Control Basics
    • A Dozen Exercise Patterns to Fly Like a Master
    • Advanced Flight Modes
    • Self-Flying, Robotic Flying
    • TOAL: Takeoff and Landing
    • Chapter 4
    • Shooting Photographs with a Drone
    • Foundational Rules of Photography
    • Special Types of Photography
    • Chapter 5
    • Shooting Video with Drones
    • First-Person View in Video
    • Video Basics
    • A Word on Compelling Video
    • Video Movement
    • Chapter 6
    • Basic Photo Workflow in Lightroom or ACR
    • Media Downloading and Tips
    • Asset Management in Lightroom
    • Basic Lightroom Workflow
    • Local Corrections
    • Fixing the Bad Stuff
    • Finishing Techniques
    • Sharpen
    • Conclusion
    • Chapter 7
    • Advanced Photo Editing
    • Panoramas
    • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Images
    • Photoshop Masking
    • HDR Panorama
    • Special Effects
    • Chapter 8
    • Editing Aerial Video
    • Free (Or Almost Free)
    • Trimming Clips
    • Photos from Video
    • Color Grading
    • LUTS
    • Plugins for Stylized looks
    • Fixing Common Aerial Video Problems
    • Encoding
    • Parting Words
    • Index

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