When I fly my drone, most places have dust, dirt, sand or vegetation and other debris on the ground. Even when there is asphalt, there is most often dirt, dust, small sticks or stones, that gets kicked up from the wind generated by the rotors/propellers. Why use a landing pad? Protect the drone's electric motors The most important reason to me is to keep fine dust, dirt and sand out of the electric motors that power the drone. Each motor has an intake, that draws in air, to keep the motor cool. I have been told by technicians in the … [Read more...] about Becoming a Better Drone Pilot – Why would I use a landing pad with my drone?
You have flown in beginner mode using GPS a few times and are getting comfortable with the controls. You can launch it yourself and bring it back home. You should be able to fly forward, backward and sideways. It is time to spread your wings and break out from the beginner mode. Using the DJI Go App, set the maximal altitude to no more than 120 meters or 400’ as required by the FAA. Micro SD cards It’s also time to take some photos. Make sure you have a micro SD card installed in the drone (hint: it goes in upside down). Through the DJI Go … [Read more...] about Your First Phantom Drone: Part 3 – Settings and beginner drone photography
If you live in the United States, I can unequivocally say that you need to buy a mirrorless camera before August 21st, 2017. Just trust me. Ok, I'll tell you more. Why Before Aug. 21st? You’ve probably heard about the Total Solar Eclipse happening this year, and it’s on the 21st of August. If you haven’t made plan to be in place to view it, you’d better get going on that because hotels and campgrounds are filling fast. Here’s another article with the details. But Why Do I Need A Mirrorless Camera? A solar eclipse means the moon will … [Read more...] about Mirrorless Camera Maniac: You Need One Before 8/21/17
When you buy a camera that costs around $5,000 new, you'd think it would come with an LCD protector - and you'd be dead wrong. Sometimes camera manufacturers make decisions that show they're not always thinking of the customer first. This is one such time. But fortunately, even though Nikon doesn't even think enough of us to OFFER an LCD protector for the D3, a company called Hoodman does. The Hoodman H-CAPD3 Hoodcap LCD for Nikon D3 is designed to snap onto the back of the D3 and protect the LCD from dust and scratches. I've been using one for … [Read more...] about Mini-Review – Hoodman H-CAPD3 Hoodcap LCD for Nikon D3
I just installed Hoodman's HoodEYE eye piece on my Nikon D3. I used to use similar eyepieces back in the day on my medium format cameras. The HoodEYE easily installs in place of your stock eyepiece and helps block out light from the side that might reduce your ability to see well in the viewfinder. I installed mine in about 50 seconds. Hoodman makes the HoodEYE for all Canon and Nikon DSLRs. The HoodEYE eyecup rotates to accommodate both right and left eyed shooters. The cost is $29.99 from Hoodman. Highly recommended. … [Read more...] about HoodEye Mini-Review
There are many factors to consider when buying memory cards. Sure I want a fast card, but I also want a reliable card. For me, the Hoodman UDMA cards fit both requirements. Their 4GB CF RAW cards are down to $99.99; the 8GB CF RAW are $179.99, and 16GB CF RAW cards are $299.99. They're NOT TWIP sponsors (although I wish they were), and I selected their products as a result of testing most of the popular brands. 45 MB per second. Built in the USA. Lifetime Warranty. Lead Free. What else do you need? NOTE: Not all cameras take advantage of … [Read more...] about Everyone Always Asks What Kind of Memory Card I Use