Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones

Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones

by Eric Cheng

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ISBN-13: 9780134122779
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 11/09/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 574,492
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Eric Cheng is an award-winning underwater photographer, aerial imager, and publisher. Caught between technical and creative pursuits, Eric holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where he also studied classical music performance. He publishes Wetpixel.com, the leading underwater photography community on the web, and writes about his aerial imaging pursuits at skypixel.org. You can see his photography at echengphoto.com. He was recently Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI, the largest consumer drone manufacturer in the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword xii

Introduction xiv

Chapter 1 Equipment 1

What Is a Drone? 1

Drones and Cameras 2

Quadcopters 3

Batteries and Chargers 7

Aerial Cameras and Gimbals 11

What Is a Gimbal? 12

Big Sensors on Small Drones 13

Flying Go Pros 14

Integrated Aerial Cameras 15

Vibration Isolation 19

Jello 19

Balancing Propellers 20

Vibration Dampeners 20

First-Person View 21

Analog FPV 22

Digital/High-Definition FPV 24

Integrated FPV 25

Ground Station/Mission Planning 26

Stills vs Video 27

Recommendations: What to Buy 29

Chapter 2 Learning to Fly 33

Choosing a Trainer Drone 34

Finding Good Flying Locations 37

Creating a Flight Checklist 40

Telemetry 46

Practice Makes Perfect 48

Exercise 1 Takeoff and Landing 48

Exercise 2 Box 49

Exercise 3 In and Out 51

Exercise 4 Box with Yaw 53

Exercise 5 Circle 55

Exercise 6 Figure Eight 56

Exercise 7 Orbit 58

Exercise 8 Assisted Flight Modes 59

Conclusion 59

Chapter 3 Aerial Stills Photography 60

Camera Settings 63

General Settings 63

Integrated Cameras 69

Go Pro 75

Other Cameras 79

Accessories 79

Aerial Photography Techniques 80

Thinking in 3D 82

Just Out of Reach 83

Straight Down 84

Abstracts 85

Slow Shutter Speeds 86

Shallow Depth of Field 88

Advanced Techniques 89

Panoramas 90

Time-Lapse 93

HDR 94

Photogrammetry 96

Post-Processing 98

What's Next? 99

Chapter 4 Aerial Videography 101

Telling Stories 102

Image Stabilization: Beating Jello 104

Using Gimbals 106

Gimbal Modes and Control 107

Gimbal Speed 111

Gimbal Tuning and Calibration 112

Gimbals and Filters 114

Camera Settings 115

General Settings 115

Integrated Cameras 124

DJI's LOG Mode 125

GoPro 126

Aerial Video Techniques 129

Tilt Up/Down 130

Tracking Shot 131

Dronie 131

Crane Up/Down 132

Orbit 132

Advanced: Live Aerial Video Streaming 133

Using Video Out/HDMI 134

Periscope and Other Apps 137

YouTube Live 137

Post-processing and Sharing 139

The Future of Aerial Videography 140

Chapter 5 Getting the Shot: Real-World Stories 142

Guest Artists 145

Holuhraun Volcano (2015) 146

Holuhraun Volcano (2014) 148

Man Burn 150

Vatna Glacier 152

Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon 155

Lake Mývatn 156

DC-3 Plane Crash 158

Bahamas Shipwrecks 160

Glass Window Bridge 162

Whale Sharks 164

Cannibal Rock 166

Tonga 169

Strawberry Rock 170

Balinese Rice Fields 172

Pura Tanah Lot 174

Son Doong Cave 176

Backyard River Dronie 179

Tetamanu Pass 181

Tonga Via Catamaran 183

Corsica Panorama 184

Cinque Terre 187

Castello Aragonese 188

St Angelo 190

Lake Como Panorama 192

Shark Aggregation 194

Lion's Head 196

Poaching at Dulker Island 199

Monwabisi Beach 200

Xunantunich Ruins Dronie 203

Bliss Dance 204

Bubble Patterns 206

Tennis 208

Wigman Motel Dronie 211

Stanford Oval 212

49'ers Stadium Panorama 214

Notre Dame Cathedral 216

Hong Kong Skyline Panorama 218

Pittsburgh Panorama 220

Chicago Waterfront Panorama 223

Gate 6 Houseboat Co-op 225

Cupid's Span 226

Facebook HQ 229

Hacker Square 230

L.A. Rooftop 233

Rockefeller 3D 234

Chapter 6 Flight, Policy, and Travel 236

Flying Recreationally 238

General Flight Restrictions 241

Manufacturer Responsibility 244

Flying Commercially 246

Section 333 Exemptions 247

Micro UAS 248

Global Landscape 249

Regional Rules 249

Have Drone, Will Travel 250

Backpacks and Cases 251

Air Travel 254

Lithium Batteries 254

Customs 255

Responsibility and Change 255

We Fear Change 256

Drones Are Good 256

Appendix A Resources 257

Camera Drone Manufacturers 257

Online Communities 257

Clubs and Associations 257

Commercial Drone Insurance 258

Other Resources 258

Appendix B Reference Material 259

Preflight Checklist 259

Flight Log 260

Index 261

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